What I do
I am a professor of history and the associate dean of Arts, Humanities, & Social Sciences.
After receiving my PhD from Brown University in 1997, I joined the University of Denver history department, where I teach European history from the Renaissance to the nineteenth century. I am a specialist in British history, with a particular focus on eighteenth-century cultural history. My current research focuses on human-animal relations.
- Ph.D., History, Brown University, 1997
- MA, History, Brown University, 1992
- AB, History and Literature, Harvard University, 1990
- North American Society for British Studies
- American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies
- American Historical Association
My research focuses on eighteenth-century British cultural history. My first book, "Women of Quality," examined the role of aristocratic women in the early eighteenth century. My current research examines human-animal relations. My most recent book, "Animal Companions," explains the rise of pet keeping as a widespread phenomenon and the ways in which discussions of pets reflected broader cultural debates over gender, race, class, and consumerism.