Curriculum Vitae


2014-     Assistant Professor, Department of History, Brock University


2014     SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellow and Course Instructor, Department of History and Classical Studies, McGill University


2012                Ph.D., History, The Johns Hopkins University
2009                M.A., History, The Johns Hopkins University
2006                M.A., History, York University
2005                B.A. (Hons), Trent University


RBC Fellowship at the Bodleian Libraries, University of Oxford (2015)
Humanities Research Institute Funding, Brock University (2015)
Bernadotte E. Schmitt Grant, American Historical Association (2013)
Postdoctoral Travel Grant, Business History Conference (2013)
Postdoctoral Fellowship, SSHRC (2012-2014)
Exploratory Grant, Hagley Center for the History of Business, Technology, & Society (2012)
Stern Grant, North American Conference on British Studies (2011)
Frederick Jackson Turner Society Fellowship, Johns Hopkins University (2009, 2011)
Doctoral Fellowship, SSHRC (2008-2010)
Summer Fellowship, Program for the Study of Women, Gender, & Sexuality (2008)
Graduate Student Fellowship, Johns Hopkins University (2006-2008)
William & Lois Diamond Fellowship, Johns Hopkins University (2006)
Ontario Graduate Scholarship, Ontario Ministry of Training, Colleges, & Universities (2005)
Graduate Scholarship, York University (2005)
Graduate Research Assistantship, History of Science Society, Isis (2005)
Dean’s Honour Roll, Trent University (2001-2005)
National Scholarship, Trent University (2002-2004)
Henniger/Pilkington Bursary, Trent University (2003)
First Year Essay Prize in History, Trent University (2001)


Beauty Brokers: artifice and enterprise in Victorian Britain. Book manuscript, in progress. 250 pp.

Imperial Beauty: the global trade in appearance, 1830-1930. Book manuscript, in development.

“Hair Cropping, Vanity, and Gender in the British West Indies, 1871-1906.” Journal article, in preparation for submission.

“Buying Beauty: female beauty consumption in the modern British World,” History Compass 14.5 (May 2016): 206-217.

“Grooming Men: the material world of the nineteenth-century barbershop,” Gender and Material Culture in Britain since 1600. Edited by Hannah Greig, Jane Hamlett, and Leonie Hannan. London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2015. 104-119.

“Pomeroy v. Pomeroy: beauty, modernity, and the female entrepreneur in fin-de-siècle London,” The Women’s History Review. 22.6 (2013): 877-903.


Review of Paula J. Martin, Suzanne Noel: cosmetic surgery, feminism, and beauty in early twentieth-century France in Bulletin of the History of Medicine 89.4 (Winter 2015): 830-831.

Review of Kristine Moruzi, Constructing Girlhood through the Periodical Press, 1850-1915 in Victorian Studies 58.1 (Autumn 2015): 122-123.

Review of Rusty Bittermann and Margaret McCallum, Lady Landlords of Prince Edward Island in Left History: an interdisciplinary journal of historical inquiry and debate 14.1 (Spring/Summer 2009): 105-107.


Bodleian Libraries BODcasts

  • “In Pursuit of Beauty” (Presenter), 13 October 2015
  • “Beauty and the Victorians” (Presenter), 9 July 2015

The Wellcome Library Blog

  • “Facial Hair in Disguise” (Contributor), 9 November 2015

The Recipes Project

  • “Beauty Recipes: a December Series” (Guest Editor), December 2014
  • “Theatrical Cosmetics: making face, making ‘race’” (Contributor), 25 December 2014
  • “Making Scents in the Victorian Home” (Contributor), 14 August 2014


“Enterprise on the Margins: new protagonists in British business history,” (Special Workshop on “The Individual and Society”), North American Conference on British Studies, Little Rock AR, 13-15 November 2015.

“’Honored Throughout the World’: Gosnell’s Perfumery, Patriotism, and Scent, 1895-1918,” (Panel Member), Northeast Conference on British Studies, Ottawa ON, 16-17 October 2105.

“Buying Beauty in the Victorian Period,” (Invited Speaker), Centre for the Study of the Book, Bodleian Libraries, Oxford UK, 23 June 2015.

“Gender and Family in the History of Enterprise,” (Speaker and Seminar Leader), Gender, Identity and Subjectivity Research Group, University of Oxford, 18 June 2015.

“Studying (in) London: Sajjad Zaheer’s A Night in London/London ki Ek Raat,” (Panel Member), Mid-Atlantic Conference on British Studies, Baltimore MD, 27 March 2015.

“Hair Cropping in British West Indian Prisons,” (Panel Member), Brock HRI Fall Term Symposium, St. Catharines ON, 9 December 2014.

“’Revolutionising the Trade’: women in London’s hairdressing saloons,” (Panel Member), Urban History Association Conference, Philadelphia PA, 10 October 2014.

“Hair, Gender, and Bodily Violence in the British West Indies, 1872-1906,” (Special Seminar on Colonial Violence), Midwest Victorian Studies Association, Ann Arbor MI, 11 April 2014

“Contesting Identity through pre-20th-Century Media,” (Chair), McGill-Queen’s Graduate Conference in History, Montreal QC, 28 February 2014.

“‘Backmewsy’ Beauty: gender, urban space and enterprise in mid-nineteenth century London,” (Speaker), Department of History, University of Bristol, 14 February 2014.

“Hair and Punishment in the Post-Emancipation Caribbean, 1860-1890,” (Speaker), Montreal British History Group, Montreal Quebec, January 2014.

“Contested Spaces: Workers and the Wealthy in Urban Britain, 1700-1900,” (Panel Member), North American Conference on British Studies, Portland Oregon, 8-10 November 2013.

“Eugène Rimmel and London’s Manufacturing Perfumers, 1851-1891,” (Panel Member), Business History Conference, Columbus Ohio, 21 March 2013.

“’A Glimpse into France as she is on a Foreign Soil’; continental competition, global trade, and London’s manufacturing perfumers, 1850-1891,” (Invited Speaker), Montreal History Group, Montreal Quebec, 21 February 2013.

“Turning Professional: Docs, Profs, Techies, and the emergence of some learned professions” (Chair and Commentator), Midwest Conference on British Studies, Toronto Ontario, 12-14 October 2012.

“Adorning and Grooming the Male Body” (Panel Member), North American Conference on British Studies, Denver Colorado, 18-20 November 2011.

“The Beautiful Turn: placing women’s beauty within pre-modern healthcare” (Chair), Berkshire Conference on Women’s History, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, 9-12 June 2011.

“Pomeroy v. Pomeroy: modernity and female enterprise in fin-de-siècle London” (Speaker), Institute of Historical Research, Women’s History Seminar, University of London, 28 October 2010.

“’Beautiful For Ever!’: entrepreneurial outsiders and the establishment of an English beauty industry” (Panel Member), “Victorian Markets and Marketing,” VSAWC/VISAWUS, Vancouver, October 2009.

“’Will You Give Me Your Opinion?’: health, beauty, and bodily manipulation in the Conversazione of The Englishwoman’s Domestic Magazine, 1860-1875” (Speaker), The European Seminar, The Johns Hopkins University, April 2007.


“Nouveau Reach: the Past, Present, Future of Luxury” (Co-Organizer), Ryerson University School of Fashion, Toronto ON, 11-14 May 2017. SSHRC Connection Grant Application in preparation for Spring 2016

Humanities Research Institute Spring Symposium (Guest Organizer), Brock University, St. Catharines ON, 18 April 2016

“In Pursuit of Beauty: modern guides to the hair, face, and body, 1784-1933” (Exhibit Curator), Bodleian Library Proscholium, Oxford UK, 7 November 2015 – 10 January 2016


“Buying Beauty in the Nineteenth Century” (Invited Speaker), Niagara Historical Society & Museum, Niagara-on-the-Lake ON, May 2016 (forthcoming)

“What to do with a History Degree” (Invited Speaker), Career Day, Ridley College, St. Catharines ON, 13 December 2014

“Postdoc Roundtable” (Panel Member), McGill University, Montreal QC, September 2013

“British Social History, 1880-1920, or Should we Doubt Downton?” (Invited Speaker), Riverview Centre, Montreal QC, 1 March 2013

Who Do You Think You Are? UK (Consultant), Season 9, Episode 6, Wall to Wall Productions, May – July 2012


2016- British Empires, 1500-1960 (300-level Lecture/Seminar)
2015- The History of Britain, 1485-2000 (200-level Survey)
2015- History of Sexuality (M.A. Seminar)
2015- Cultures of Consumption in the British World (Honours Seminar)
2014- The History of Britain, 1485-2000 (200-level Survey)
2012- Women and Gender in Modern Britain (Honours Seminar)
2012- Crime and the Victorian City (Intersession Course)
2011- Undergraduate Seminar in History (T.A.)
2010- Modern European Women’s History, 1789-1914 (200-level Lecture)
2008- History of Modern Medicine: 18th-20th Centuries (T.A.)
2007- Occidental Civilization: The Medieval World (T.A.)


McGill University
– Course Instructor, HIST 412: Women and Gender in Modern Britain (2012)

Bulletin of the History of Medicine
– Editorial Assistant to Managing Editor (2011 – 2012)

The Johns Hopkins University Gender History Workshop
– Coordinator (2011-2012)

The Johns Hopkins University
– Intersession Instructor, Crime and the Victorian City (2012)
– T.A., Undergraduate Seminar in History [Mary P. Ryan] (2011)
– T.A., History of Modern Medicine: 18th – 20th Centuries [Harry Marks] (2008)
– T.A., Occidental Civilization: The Medieval World [Christopher Gardner] (2008)

University of Maryland Baltimore County
– Instructor, GWST/HIST 375: Modern European Women’s History, 1789-1914 (2010)

Isis: journal for the History of Science Society
– Editorial Assistant to Book Review Editor (2005-2006)


Journal of British Studies, Peer Reviewer (2012-present)
American Historical Association, Member (2006-present)
Business History Conference, Member (2013-present)
Institute of Historical Research, Member (2008-present)
McGill Fundraising and Outreach Committee, Member (2012-present)
North American Conference on British Studies, Member (2010-present)


French, Departmental Proficiency Exam, Johns Hopkins University, 2006




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