Public Writing

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 This page, not unlike my writing career, is perpetually under construction. Please stay tuned for updates!

Former Senator Carol Moseley Braun at the University of Illinois, Springfield in 2009. (Jeremy Wilburn/Flickr | CC BY-NC-ND)

The Complicated Legacy of Carol Moseley Braun

Nursing Clio | October 4, 2016

This article is part of Nursing Clio’s “Run Like a Girl Series,” a super-cool look at all the women who’ve tried and failed to break the highest and hardest glass ceiling. If nothing else, I hope this post will distract you from the nightmarish 2016 election, if only for a moment.

Countering Hate Speech on Campus: Graduate Student Activism Revisited

Insights: Notes for the CCWH | August 25, 2016

In May 2014, CCWH ran a graduate student column for the CCWH about the tensions between the activist impulse and the rigid expectations of both graduate school and the job market. The article raised several important questions about balancing our careers and our political commitments. As we draw closer to the 2016 election, however, it is becoming increasingly clear that college campuses are the Alt-Right’s political theater of choice. I use my own experience protesting Milo Yiannopolous’ May 2016 visit to UC Irvine to ask: how does (or should) graduate students’ work-life calculus change when we and our students become the targets of hate speech? Might we be able to turn a distressing political moment into pedagogical gold?

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The UCI Feminist Illuminati’s Response to Milo Yiannopolis

The New U | May 31, 2016

Breitbart “journalist” and professional troll Milo Yiannopolis came to UC Irvine at the behest of the College Republicans and Young Americans for Liberty this May (edit: in the days before the event, YAL disaffiliated from the event, claiming that Yiannopolis did not represent their values). The lead-up to the event saw the Irvine campus plastered with racist, sexist, homphobic, and transphobic posters designed to upset already marginalized groups on campus. I joined three of my colleagues in forming a campus organization dedicated to combatting hate speech. This article was out formal response to a particular poster, which read “Feminism is Cancer.” The text of the article is inspired by a talk I gave during the “Feminism in Contemporary Culture” event our group organized in opposition to Yiannopolis.


Bill Maher, Charlie Sheen, and Modern-Day Snake Oil

Nursing Clio | February 9, 2016

Bill Maher invited a quack onto his show to talk about how he’s curing AIDS wih the milk of arthritic goats. In this article, I call Maher out, and place the aforementioned quack in his proper (and disgusting) historical context.


Women, Grad Students, and Twitter

Coordinating Council for Women in History Newsletter | August 2015

In this article for CCWH, I hop onto my soapbox and argue that #twitterstorians (and social media networking in general) is particularly valuable to women in the academy and graduate students.

The OTHER Sin of Omission in “Straight Outta Compton”

African American Intellectual History Society | August 22, 2015

This post examines the hip-hop community’s cultural memory of Eazy E’s AIDS diagnosis and death, and the unexpected impact that its partial representation in “Straight Outta Compton” is having on contemporary viewers.

Obergefell v. Hodges and the Legacy of AIDS

Nursing Clio | August 13, 2015

This article argues that the early years of the HIV/AIDS epidemic paved the way for marriage equality, yet another example of death playing a defining role in the United State’s political culture.


 The Body as Archive

Nursing Clio | October 15, 2014

Adapted from a post on “The Six Million Dollar Scholar,” this article uses the specter of an invasive medical procedure as a meditation on the work of history.

The Slippery Slopes of Burwell vs. Hobby Lobby

Nursing Clio | July 1, 2014

This article discusses two potential implications of Burwell vs. Hobby Lobby that have—thus far—gone largely unaddressed. One is a problem in the here and now, the other a problem that’s more likely to affect future generations of Americans.

Why I Want ‘Dallas Buyer’s Club’ to Win Best Picture 

Zócalo Public Square | February 26, 2014

“A Historian Says the Movie Captures the Emotional Exhaustion Hundreds of Thousands of Americans Experienced During the HIV/AIDS Crisis of the ’80s and ’90s.”

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