My dissertation "Temperature Sense: A History of Inscriptions Around 1900" (committee: Michael Jennings, Daniel Heller-Roazen, Katja Guenther) traces a cultural and intellectual history of the judgments by which we call things kalt, kühl, lau, warm, heiß. The dissertation asks why temperature became so important in German and European discourse in the years between 1870 and 1930. Despite the fact that one finds "temperature and then--temperature again" (Mann, Der Zauberberg) in literature, science, philosophy, and popular culture during this period, "Temperature Sense" is the first book-length study of the topic. An article based on material from the second chapter appeared in 2014 ("Making Sense of Temperature in Early Psychophysics," IJOC).
This work has been supported by the Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (DAAD), Interdisciplinary Doctoral Program in the Humanities at Princeton (IHUM), and the Princeton Institute for International and Regional Studies (PIIRS). I received an M.A. in German from Princeton in 2013, and previously studied German literature and the natural sciences at Johns Hopkins University and the Freie Universität-Berlin. I also hold a master’s degree in epidemiology from Yale. My research interests broadly include German literature and thought from the eighteenth century to the present and the history of the human and natural sciences. My next project concerns the rise of statistical and epidemiological thinking alongside documentary prose forms in the nineteenth century.
In winter 2018, I will take up a Killam Postdoctoral Research Fellowship at the University of British Columbia in the department of Central, Eastern and Northern European Studies.