Speaking

I’ve discussed my research at Princeton, Yale, and Columbia, and at the Newberry Library, the American Philosophical Society, and the Museum of Chinese in America, among others. This page lists my upcoming and past speaking engagements. (You can also follow me on Twitter for periodic updates about future events.)

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“The Forgotten History of the Transcontinental Railroads,” an invited presentation at the Museum of Chinese in America. New York City, October 24, 2019.

If you’re interested in having me speak at your campus, museum, or other institution, please get in touch. I’m also available to comment on other scholarly work at workshops and symposia, and I’m always interested in collaborating with other scholars on panel proposals for future conferences.

Upcoming events.

POSTPONED. I’ll present an invited paper, “The Pacific Railroads and the Pacific Ocean: American Expansion, Asian Trade, and Terraqueous Mobility, 1869–1914,” at the Boston Seminar on Modern American Society and Culture, hosted by the Massachusetts Historical Society, in Boston, Mass., on a TBD date. [Postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.]

POSTPONED. I’ll present a paper, “The Pacific Railroads and the Pacific World: American Expansion, Asian Trade, and Terraqueous Mobility,” at the Long Nineteenth Century Workshop, hosted by the Humanities Council at Princeton University, in Princeton, N.J., on a TBD date. [Postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.]

I’ll present an invited paper, “They Came on Waves of Ink: Digitally Mapping Pacific Northwest Maritime Trade Networks During American Settlement, 1851–1861,” at the American Philosophical Society’s Brown Bag lunch series in Philadelphia, Pa., on May 19, 2020.

CANCELED. I was scheduled to present a paper, “The Pacific Railroads and the Pacific World: American Expansion, Asian Trade, and Terraqueous Mobility,” as part of the panel “Commercial Diplomacy, Railroad Expansion, and International Activism Across the Nineteenth-and-Twentieth-Century Pacific World” at the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations 2020 annual meeting in New Orleans, Louisiana, in June 2020. [This event was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.]

I’ll present a paper, “Routes to the Pacific: Terraqueous Mobility, Geographic Imagination, and American Westward Expansion, 1776–1846,” as part of the panel “Geography Lessons: Spatial Thinking Beyond the Map” at the Society for Historians of the Early American Republic 2020 annual meeting in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, during July 16-19, 2020.

I’ll present a paper, “Settler Steamboats: Mobility, Settler Colonialism, and Steam Power in the Terraqueous Pacific Northwest, 1846–1872,” at the Western History Association 2020 annual meeting in Albuquerque, N.M., during October 14–17, 2020, as part of a conference panel, “Mobility, Settler Colonialism, and Place in the North American West,” that I organized.

I’ll present on the roundtable table session, “New Directions in the Study of the Pacific West,” at the Western History Association 2020 annual meeting in Albuquerque, N.M., during October 14–17, 2020.


Past events.