Participant Info

First Name
Last Name
University of Pennsylvania
Website URL
disability, embryology, early modern, anatomy, monstrosity, surgery, midwifery, natural history, biology, history, history of science, history of medicine, enlightenment, anatomical collecting, museum studies, the netherlands, dutch, eighteenth century
Additional Contact Information
I am currently in the Netherlands for the year so email is the best way to reach me.

Personal Info

About Me

I am a fifth year doctoral candidate at Penn whose research uses anatomical collections of “monstrous births” to examine the intersection of obstetrics, embryology, disability, and natural history between 1697-1849. I focus on the preservation of human fetuses with congenital abnormalities, looking both at the history of these bodies– their births, their mothers, their collectors– as well as their scientific use as objects of evidence for those pursuing the mysteries of generation and nature’s order. Lastly, my work interrogates the consequences of these scientific rationalizations on the socio-political identity of those living in “monstrous” bodies.

Though outside of my dissertation’s scope, I also have a strong background in neo-Platonism, natural magic, western mysticism, and Romantic philosophy.

I am currently in the Netherlands on a Fulbright Award.

Recent Publications

Mothers of Monsters

Media Coverage
I have been interviewed about my work on WHYY (The Pulse) and for Philadelphia Magazine. Outside of academia, I won the title "Philadelphia's Best Storyteller" in 2017 and am a published fiction author.
Country Focus
The Netherlands, France
Expertise by Geography
France, Netherlands, United States
Expertise by Chronology
17th century, 18th century, 19th century, Early Modern
Expertise by Topic
Disability, Gender, Medicine, Museums, Public History, Science, Women