Ph.D., Univ. of Washington (2004)
M.A., Univ. of Washington (1997)
B.A., Western Washington Univ. (1994)
I teach early modern history, but I have many interests. I have written on humanism and seventeenth-century science, on volcanoes and volcanology, on natural history, disasters, and urban history. My first book is Watching Vesuvius (University of Chicago, 2013). My current research explores history on macro and micro scales. Interests big and small include complexity theory, planetary history, the Mediterranean, seas and coasts, sound, night and darkness, biological and cultural aspects of thought and behavior, and captivity. Most of all, I want students to be as curious as I am. I earned my Ph.D.
from the University of Washington, and was a Fulbright Fellow in Naples, Italy in 2001.