My passion for History began as an undergraduate while studying 20th century U.S. social movements. During my Journalism Masters, an internship in New Zealand expanded these interests beyond the U.S. to the Pacific. This took me to Ann Arbor to study with scholars of U.S. and Pacific History, delving into settler colonialism and empire, urban and suburban history, and the Cold War. My first book project (University of California Press) looks locally at labor and segregation amidst a global context of Cold War imperialism framing the history of a U.S. missile base in the Marshall Islands. Pieces of this larger book project have been published in LABOR journal, History and Technology, the OAH Magazine of History, and New York University Press edited volume Making the Empire Work: Labor and United States Imperialism. My next project will expand research on local anti-colonial and anti-nuclear struggles emerging within the Marshall Islands to connect with the broader Nuclear Free and Independent Pacific movement in the 1970s and 1980s. 

My teaching engages questions of the U.S. security state, social and cultural history, and comparative histories of segregation. 

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