Crow Pass in Chugach National Forest, Summer 2016

(Photo Credit: Shay Elbaum) 

About ME

My research focuses broadly on the history of medicine in the circumpolar world. I am particularly interested in exploring how biomedicine has operated both as a tool for biopolitical colonial governance and as a resource for Indigenous self-determination in the Far North. In tracking these histories, my work sheds light on the ways that contemporary interactions between biomedical researchers and Indigenous communities are shaped by their historical antecedents. 

While I am primarily a historian of medicine, my approach is interdisciplinary and draws heavily on scholarship in Native American and Indigenous studies, Science and Technology Studies, and medical anthropology. I also maintain research interests in the history of medical technologies, the history of anthropology, and the history of the human sciences. You can learn more about my dissertation and my various other writing projects here.

Currently, I'm a PhD candidate in the Program in the History of Science and Medicine at Yale University. At Yale, I'm an active member of the Yale Group for the Study of Native America and the History, Science, and Justice Collective. You can learn more about some of the work I've done with the Collective here. During my time at Yale, I've also held positions with the Global Health Justice Partnership, the Office of Career Strategy, and the Graduate Writing Lab. You can view my full CV here

In my non-academic life, I sometimes practice judo and Brazilian jiu jitsu. My hometown is Nanaimo, British Columbia.