I am an associate professor of History at Drexel University, co-editor of the journal History and Technology, and a member of the new Cambridge History of Technology editorial team. My book Fascist Pigs: Technoscientific Organisms and the History of Fascism (MIT Press, 2016) was awarded the Pfizer Prize for the best scholarly book in 2017, the History of Science Society's highest honor for a work of scholarship.
As a historian of science and technology, I examine the connections between science, technology, crops, and politics on a global scale. For instance, after revisiting the history of European fascism through stories of technoscientific organisms such as wheat, pigs, and sheep, I am now studying the significance of cloning Californian oranges for the history of racial capitalism in the United States, South Africa, Algeria, Palestine, and Brazil.
I have served as a research fellow at the Institute of Social Sciences of the University of Lisbon, a visiting professor at UCLA and UC Berkeley, and a member of the research team Moving Crops at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science (MPIWG).
I recently co-edited Nature Remade (University of Chicago Press, 2021) and Capital Científica (Imprensa Ciências Sociais, 2019). In addition, I am co-author of Inventing a European Nation (2021) and Moving Crops and the Scales of History (Yale University Press, 2023).