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home rule

My essay “Home Rule: Equitable Justice in Progressive Chicago and the Philippines” has been published in At Home and Abroad: The Politics of American Religion, edited by Elizabeth Shakman Hurd and Winnifred Fallers Sullivan. I consider metropolitan state building in…

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design like mad

I applied to Design Like Mad for production assistance with the Madison Public Library website Teen Bubbler. The website was created to showcase the creations of underserved Madison teens in conjunction with Making Justice, a community-building makerspace iniatiative. Teen creations…

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balenciaga behind the scenes

I had the privilege to work with conservation staff at London’s Victoria & Albert Museum to prepare a Chicago History Museum gown for the 2017-18 exhibition Balenciaga: Shaping Fashion. Known as “the master” of haute couture, Cristóbal Balenciaga (1895-1972) was…

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corporate commissions

I was commissioned to facilitate conservation and reinstallation of several monumental “textile walls” created by internationally renowned artist Sheila Hicks for Milwaukee’s Mortgage Guarantee Insurance Corporation (MGIC) in the early 1970s. Hicks designed the walls in collaboration with interior architect…

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making justice

Making Justice is a makerspace initiative that is building community in Madison, Wisconsin. Despite Madison’s reputation as America’s most livable mid-sized city, it is home to one of the nation’s widest black/white educational achievement gaps and highest per capita black…

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plain text

This plain vanilla text from an 1886 Chicago Haymarket trial transcript sparked my interest in legal history. How cool to imagine a tape recorder capturing the testimony of a laborer present at the bombing and trial of suspected anarchists!  In…

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curriculum vitae

Current Appointment Independent scholar, conservator and community activist, 2016-present   Education 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…

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