I am a historian and gender-scholar with a background in archives and libraries. My research examines anarchism and intimate life in the late-nineteenth and early-twentieth centuries, with a particular focus on free love and domesticity. I take an interdisciplinary approach, drawing on feminist theory, disability theory, and critical geography.
My current book project, tentatively titled Intimate Experiments: Free Love, Domesticity, and Feminism in the American Anarchist Movement, 1880-1920, examines day-to-day realities of political praxis in order to illuminate how gendered and religious norms influenced radical movements. In attempting to rethink the norms and institutions that shaped their everyday lives, anarchists experimented with free love, reimagined gender roles and relationships, and sought new approaches to education and child-rearing. I argue that the stakes of these experimentations were significantly different for men and women, particularly when it came to free love. I find that although anarchists sought to reimagine intimate life in opposition to the state, their families and relationships were nevertheless heavily shaped by gendered norms and American ideals of domesticity.
My second research project explores how late-nineteenth and early-twentieth century radical leftists framed and utilized ideas of “nature” as well as how the natural world fit into their politics, particularly for those living outside of urban centers.