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curriculum vitae

Current Appointment

Independent scholar, conservator and community activist, 2016-present



University of Chicago, History PhD. Dissertation advisor: William J. Novak

Northwestern University, Liberal Studies MA (US history concentration)

University of London, Courtauld Institute Postgraduate Conservation Diploma

Grinnell College, Humanities BA (fine arts major)


Academic Appointments

University of Wisconsin-Madison: Faculty Associate, Information School, 2014-2016

University of Wisconsin-Madison: Associate Lecturer, Center for Law, Society & Justice, 2013-2014

University of Wisconsin-Madison: Visiting Assistant Professor, Center for Law, Society & Justice, 2011-13

University of Wisconsin Law School: Fellow, Institute for Legal Studies, 2011-13

University of Wisconsin Law School: Law and Society Postdoctoral Fellow, Institute for Legal Studies, 2010-11

University of Minnesota Law School: Alumni Fund Fellow in Legal History, 2009-10



University of Wisconsin-Madison

Information Studies 820: Making Justice
Legal Studies 450: Looking Beyond the Law’s Letter
Legal Studies 450: Clues, A History of Criminal Evidence
History/Legal Studies 510: Legal Pluralism
Legal Studies 694: Field Observation in Criminal Justice
Design Studies 355: Fashion History 1400-Present
Design Studies 501: Preventive Textile Conservation (graduate)


University of Chicago

History/Latin American Studies 27701: Spirituality and Statecraft in the Americas
History 13700: America in Western Civilization III, The Twentieth Century (TA)


Museum/Public History Experience

Conservation and Collections Consultant: Chicago History Museum, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Victoria & Albert Museum, Mortgage Guarantee Insurance Corporation, 2006-present

Chicago History Museum: Collections and Research Consultant, 2002-05

Chicago History Museum: Staff Conservator, 1992-2001

Contract Conservator: Chicago History Museum, Field Museum of Natural History, Milwaukee Public Museum, Minnesota Historical Society, Rocky Mountain Regional Conservation Center, Spertus Museum of Judaica, and Wisconsin State Historical Society, 1989-92.

Field Museum of Natural History: Conservation Intern, Anthropology, 1988-89

English Heritage: Conservation Intern, Ancient Monuments Laboratory, 1987

Kansas City Museum: Conservation Technician, 1985

Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art: Conservation Intern, 1984-85



Works in Progress

Extraordinary Remedies: The Court of Chancery and Equitable Justice in Chicago (graphic history)

Published Articles

“Home Rule: Equitable Justice in Progressive Chicago and the Philippines,” in At Home and Abroad: The Politics of American Religion, eds. Elizabeth Shakman Hurd and Winnifred Fallers Sullivan (New York: Columbia University Press, 2021), 51-90.

Making Making Justice, curated community article available at Teen Bubbler (Madison Public Library, 2018).

“Wet with Blood: The Investigation of Mary Todd Lincoln’s Cloak,” in Readings in Conservation: Changing Views of Textile Conservation, eds. Mary M. Brooks and Dinah D. Eastop (Los Angeles: Getty Conservation Institute, 2011).

Extraordinary Remedies: The Court of Chancery and Equitable Justice in Chicago, (University of Chicago Dissertation, 2009) available at

“Connective Tissues: Ethical Guidelines for Biohistorical Research,” Journal of the American Institute for Conservation, 43:3 (Winter 2004), 227-236.

“Constructing Ethical Guidelines for Biohistory,” Lori B. Andrews, Nancy Buenger, Jennifer Bridge, Laurie Rosenow, David Stoney, R.E. Gaensslen, Theodore Karamanski, Russell Lewis, Jordan Paradise, Amy Inlander, David Gonen, Science, Volume 304, Number 5668 (April 9, 2004): 215-216.

“Gunther, Charles Frederick,” American National Biography Online, Oxford University Press, April 2003, available at

Review of Textiles Revealed: Object Lessons in Historic Textile and Costume Research, Mary Brooks (ed.), in Journal of the American Institute for Conservation 40, no.3 (Fall/Winter 2002): 272-274.

Wet with Blood: The Investigation of Mary Todd Lincoln’s Cloak, available at  Chicago History Resources (Chicago History Museum and Northwestern University, 2000).



Principal Investigator, Ira and Ineva Reilly Baldwin Wisconsin Idea Endowment Grant and Mortgridge Center for Public Service Match Grant for Making Justice, 2014-2016

Law & Humanities Junior Scholar Paper Competition, “Home Rule: Equitable Justice in Progressive Chicago and the Philippines,” 2011

J. Willard Hurst Fellowship, Summer Institute in Legal History, University of Wisconsin Law School, 2009

Freehling Research and Travel Grants, University of Chicago, 2006-8

Doolittle-Harrison Travel Fellowships, University of Chicago, 2008-9

Von Holst Prize Lectureship, University of Chicago, 2006-2007

Arthur Mann Memorial Research and Travel Fellowships, University of Chicago, 2004-2006

Co-Principal Investigator, National Science Foundation Grant, in collaboration with the Chicago History Museum and the Institute for Science, Law and Technology, Illinois Institute of Technology, 2002-2005

University of Chicago full tuition scholarship and stipend, 2001-2005

Northwestern University Scholars Award, best thesis in Master of Arts Liberal Studies & English programs, “Wet with Blood: The Investigation of Mary Todd Lincoln’s Cloak,” 2001

Samuel H. Kress Foundation Fellowships in Conservation, 1987-1989


Community Service

Inspector of Elections: 2nd Ward, Philadelphia PA, 2019-2021

Youth Sentencing & Reentry Program: Mentor for Stoneleigh Emerging Leader Fellow, Philadelphia PA 2017

Making Justice: Co-founder, coordinator and advisor for community-building makerspace initiative with court-involved and at-risk youth in collaboration with Madison Public Library, UW-Madison iSchool, and 50 campus and community partners, 2014-16

Dane County Juvenile Justice System: Facilitator and mentor, expressive art workshops for court-involved and at-risk minority youth in collaboration with the Dane County Juvenile Court Program, Dane County Juvenile Shelter, and ArtSpeak, Community Partnerships, Inc., 2012-13

Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts & Letters: Gratis conservation services, 2010

University of Chicago: Coordinator, Professional Issues Workshop, Dept. of History, 2003-05

University of Chicago: Representative, Graduate Student Affairs Committee, 2003-05

University of Chicago: Representative, History Graduate Student Association, 2002-05

National Museum Fellows Program: Lecturer and Mentor, Chicago History Museum, 1999-2000

Wilmette Historical Museum: Gratis conservation services,1995-98.

Museum of the Holocaust Memorial Foundation: Gratis conservation services, Skokie, Illinois, 1996

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