I’m a historian of science and technology and a doctoral candidate in the Department of History and Sociology of Science at the University of Pennsylvania. My dissertation research is on how video became a political and psychological technology as it left the television studio in the years around 1970. I follow portable video recorders and the feedback discourse that accompanied them through American institutions of art, psychiatry, radical politics, and television broadcasting, bringing the histories of cybernetics and the human sciences together with those of media and the New Left.
My other research interests include the histories of personal computing, theistic evolutionism, anthropological race concepts, and experiential education. I’m assistant editor of the History of Anthropology Newsletter and secretary of Mariposa Food Co-op. I blog at Historical Present.