I frequently collaborate with academic institutions, museums, and other groups that bring historical research to the public. I am always open to being contacted with ideas for collaborations related to my research. I have a special interest in film and history connections, and recently completed a course at the Sundance Co//ab.
Below is a list of current collaborations.
I am a conference committee member with INCSA, a professional organization that brings together scholars, societies, and institutions from all over the world through interdisciplinary, international long nineteenth century-studies. It aims to support academic voices hidden by linguistic and geographical constraints; create opportunities for international cross-fertilization of research; and advance initiatives that diversify and enrich our spectrum of long nineteenth-century knowledge.
I am among a group of scholars who are contributing essays about scientific instruments that will be displayed in the new History of Science and Technology Gallery of the renovated Peabody Museum at Yale University (set to open at the end of 2023). I am researching one of Yale’s lantern slide sets for a multi-author book related to the collection, edited by Professor Paola Bertucci and Alexi Baker.
Science Museum Group (London), The “Congruence Engine” Project: Digital Tools for New Collections-Based Industrial Histories
I am a member of a team of historians, curators, and digital specialists that is exploring how to apply the latest digital techniques for the first time to collections of data from cultural institutions in the U.S. These include Buffalo Bill Center of the West in Cody, Wyoming; Coltsville National Historic Park; The Connecticut State Library; Mystic Seaport Museum; The National Museum of American History; and the Middlesex County Historical Society, among others. We aim to draw new connections and develop new narratives relating to 19th century transatlantic trade in people, machines, and ideas, especially subaltern histories and archives that represent the interactions of the development of industry, human enslavement, and environmental change.
I am an advisory committee member for an exhibition project the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art is developing as part of the Getty Foundation’s Pacific Standard Time: Art x Science x LA initiative, a series of exhibitions and public programs scheduled to open in 2024. Tentatively titled The Future in Our Past: Visualizing Human Evolution, 1850 to the Present, the exhibition will explore the ways in which visual art and culture have shaped popular narratives about human evolution, with special attention to the relationship between scientific inquiry, artistic practice, and mass culture.
I am part of an interdisciplinary group of scholars engaged in conversations led by Dr. Alexis Boylan (U Conn) that will lead to an exhibition set to open in 2023 called Seeing Truth: Art, Science, and Making Knowledge (1750-2023). It will use as its base objects from the American Museum of Natural History, New York to investigate questions and dialogue about issues of truth, the authority of visual culture to define truth, and the role of artists, scholars, scientists, politicians, and critics in shaping knowledge.
Consortium for History of Science, Technology, and Medicine: Circulation of Images in the Life Sciences
I am a member of an online working group that meets monthly to share and discuss new research on visual cultures in natural history, the life sciences, and medicine.
I am a member of an advisory group for a proposed new Centre for Visions of the Arctic: Entanglements, Paradoxes and Conflict Lines (VOA) at the University of Bergen, Norway.
“Thinking Public Humanities,” Yale University
I am part of a multi-year project convening specialists in the inter-related areas of Public Humanities, Documentary Studies, Museum Studies, Digital Humanities, Environmental History, and Public History to discuss public-facing intellectual work.
I am a member of the Photographic Memory Workshop at Yale (directed by Prof. Laura Wexler) that hosts and fosters community building and collaborative, interdisciplinary discussion among students, faculty, staff, journalists, and artists on issues concerning photography and personal, social, and political memory.
I am an editorial board member of Radical History Review (2011–present; co-chair, 2017–21), and of Nuncius. Journal of the Material and Visual History of Science (2021–present).