I’ll share a paper, entitled “The Pacific Railroads and the Pacific Ocean: A Reassessment,” at the Yale Westerners’ Lunch, hosted by the Department of History and the Howard R. Lamar Center for the Study of Frontiers and Borderlands at Yale University, on Wednesday, March 27, 2019.

I’ll share a paper, entitled The Pacific Railroads and the Pacific Ocean: A Reassessment,” at the Princeton American Studies Graduate Salon on Friday, March 29, 2019.

I’ll present a talk, “Using Digital Mapping to Illuminate Non-Narrative Sources,” at Data Conversations in History, an event hosted by Princeton’s Center for Digital Humanities in the History Department on Thursday, April 11, 2019.

I’ll present a talk, “Mapping Pacific Northwest Maritime Trade Networks During American Settlement, 1851–61,” at the North American Society for Oceanic History 2019 annual conference, in New Bedford, Mass., in mid-May 2019. (Exact date TBA.)


  • My final public oral exam—my dissertation defense—was held on Monday, January 28, 2019. (I passed!)
  • “Water Lines: Marine Borders, Maritime Trade, and Steamboat Sovereignty in the Terraqueous Pacific Northwest, 1846–1872,” Long Nineteenth Century Workshop, Princeton University, December 12, 2018.
  • “Water Lines: Maritime Mobility and Marine Borders in the Pacific Northwest,” 2018 Western History Association Conference, San Antonio, Tex., October 19, 2018. [Conference schedule: PDF, Issuu]
  • “Borders and the Wet West: Indigenous Treaties, Marine Boundaries, and Annexation Schemes in the Mid-Nineteenth-Century Pacific Northwest,” Colonialism and Imperialism Workshop, Princeton Institute for International and Regional Studies (P.I.I.R.S.), Princeton Univ., April 5, 2018.
  • “Harbors and the Wet West: The Northwest Passage, Commercial Expansionism, and Maritime Trade in the Nineteenth-Century Pacific Northwest,” Modern America Workshop (M.A.W.), History Dept., Princeton Univ., November 9, 2017.
  • “A Watery Critique of Settler Colonialism,” Colonialism and Imperialism Workshop, P.I.I.R.S., Princeton Univ., May 3, 2017.
  • “Waterlocked: Connection, Distance, and Isolation in the New Northwest,” M.A.W., History Dept., Princeton Univ., March 6, 2017.
  • “Enclosing the Water: Houseboats, Law, and Property in Puget Sound,” at “Life and Law in Rural America,” American Studies Graduate Student Conference, Princeton Univ., Princeton, N.J., March 26, 2016.
  • “Saltwater Settlement: Water, Sovereignty, and Settler Colonialism,” Newberry Consortium in American Indian Studies (N.C.A.I.S.) Graduate Student Conference, Newberry Library, Chicago, Ill., August 7, 2015.
  • “Changes on the Waters: Indigenous and Settler Place-Making on the Salish Sea,” Works-in-Progress Session, Princeton–Mellon Initiative in Architecture, Urbanism, and the Humanities, School of Architecture, Princeton Univ., July 9, 2015.
  • “‘Whether They Are To Be Exterminated’: Native Americans, Military Science, and Ambivalence on the Pacific Railroad Surveys, 1853–1855,” Colonialism and Imperialism Workshop, P.I.I.R.S., Princeton Univ., March 11, 2015.