Welcome. I'm a PhD candidate in History at the University of Chicago. I study Latin American cities at the turn of the twentieth century. My research interests lie at the intersection of the histories of ideas, space, policymaking, and the arts. I'm also excited by the practice and theory of digital humanities.
My dissertation examines the theaters of São Paulo between 1890 and 1935 as a key arena in which visions for Brazil's "modern city" were articulated, debated, and literally performed. Through an analysis of the regulation, use, and design of theaters, I explain how and why culture became an object of political debate in a city increasingly incorporated into the global circulation of people, goods, and ideas.
During the 2011-2012 academic year, I will be conducting dissertation research in São Paulo, Brazil, with the support of a Mellon IIE Graduate Fellowship for International Study. You can follow along my research adventures and discoveries on my Posterous blog.