My first book, The Word in the Wilderness: Popular Piety and the Manuscript Arts in Early Pennsylvania, explores the spiritual uses of calligraphy and manuscript illumination among German-speaking mystics, Pietists, Anabaptists, and other Protestants in early Pennsylvania.
My new book project, Ships of Reason: The Enlightenment of Stephen Girard and the Mariners Who Built His Merchant Empire, examines the broad impact of the French Enlightenment by tracing the surviving libraries of French-speaking Enlightenment thinkers in the young United States.
My professional skills center on departmental administration, collections management, exhibition design, public programming, and research services in special collections libraries and museums.
My passion is using rare books, manuscripts, artworks, and other artifacts to catalyze transformative learning experiences.
Background image: James Gibbs, Bibliotheca Radcliviana, Or, A Short Description of the Radcliffe Library at Oxford (London: Printed for the author, 1747). Courtesy of the Winterthur Library.