Profile

I am an Assistant Professor of History at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, where I have worked since 2014. Previously I served as a Lecturer in Social Studies and History at Harvard University from 2010-2014.

As a historian of Central and Eastern Europe, I use the lenses of nationalism, travel, and the environment to examine the region’s shifting boundaries — both political and social.

My first book, Nation and Loyalty in a German-Polish Borderland: Upper Silesia, 1848-1965, examines the fraught efforts of nationalist activists to earn the long-term loyalties of a bilingual, Catholic borderland population. In addition to this monograph, I have published several book chapters and articles on related topics.

At LSU and Harvard I have taught a range of courses on topics including Central Europe, fascism, comparative genocides, nationalism and communism, and environmental history.