Research

My current master’s thesis focuses on the 1947/48 University of California expedition to South Africa. My research examines the role of Jessie Camp, wife of head paleontologist Dr. Charles L. Camp. I argue that the wives of field scientists offered a unique, intangible, and unpaid form of labor in the production of scientific knowledge on expeditions that should be recognized and counted among the other forms of “women’s work” and invisible labor in science.

My undergraduate thesis focused on American invertebrate paleontologist Edward Sylvester Morse and his time spent in Japan. Using Morse’s journal and published works, I framed his introduction of Darwinism, anthropology, and archaeology within the cultural and societal complexities of the Meiji Restoration. I argued that the Meiji government used Morse and his science as a political tool in their defense against Western domination.

My chief care must be to avoid that rigidity of mind that prevents one from remodeling his opinions; there is nothing more glorious than the graceful abandoning of one’s position if it be false

-Edward S. Morse