Writing

"When we come across blatant sexism in the historical record, it’s easy to dismiss its importance by saying, “Well, that’s just how it was back then.” But the messages conveyed in these documents—and so many others like them—have had long-term consequences. The National Academies’ report confirms that women are still expected to remain in subordinate roles in science, are sexualized in the workplace, and are maligned for doing their jobs."

"In a city like Philadelphia, audiences can learn about science through a variety of institutions and a plethora of activities. But public audiences have fewer opportunities to talk with each other about how history and culture inform science and what it means to them. Through programs like History Lab, the Science History Institute offers unique, transformative opportunities to do just that."

"Emily Graslie represents a new kind of science communication—one that is holistic, centered on conversation and community, arts inflected, and openly curious... She herself is eager to point out that there are many prominent women science communicators but that they remain frustratingly invisible to too many people. In a statement pinned to the top of her Twitter profile, she pointedly observes, 'I get an email every day from someone saying they don’t know any female science communicators. Please. We’re here.' " 

"Dax’s queer sensibility is both self-assured and searching; it brands her as a person apart and provides her with a community that spans space and time. Like so many of the queer kids watching her, she must define herself outside usual boundaries - a process both terrifying and freeing." 

"Television has not always been kind to older women characters, but there does seem to be change in the air of late. I spent a lot of time this weekend watching the new season of Grace and Frankie, the Netflix comedy starring Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin, which puts the sometimes-comedic, sometimes-tragic struggles of two very different aging women at its center...Grace and Frankie is feminist in many of the same way that Call the Midwife is, especially in taking seriously the interiority of older women, and the right they have to control their own lives."

"The promise of manned spaceflight encouraged men and women to dream of life among the stars, but fashions reminded them that even in that high-tech future, gender roles would maintain their Jetsons’-like traditionality. Engineers like my grandparents played a role in shaping both sides of post-World War II society, though only one of them was ever called an engineer in life."

"But what frustrated me most was not the foolishness of Nature’s arguments; it was the familiarity of that foolishness. With its gestures towards the importance of history to public understanding and its pleas for contextualization, Nature’s editorial board sounded a lot like...historians."

Big Screen in a Small Town: Navigating Modernity with William Smalley's Theatre in Cooperstown, New York

M.A. Thesis, Cooperstown Graduate Program

"Trains may have come to town full of tourists and other newcomers, and telegraph and telephone wires already criss-crossed streets and open land, but at the beginning of the twentieth century Cooperstown residents still held onto their town’s identity as a place of escape from the advancing modern world."

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