PhD 2018 (modern Europe history) University of Chicago
Early modern France, the British empire, the economic role of religion, and rural, environmental and business history
The Catholic Agricultural Enlightenment in France, 1759–1789
I received myPhD in history at the University of Chicago, where I concentrated on agricultural development in eighteenth-century France. I worked as a qualified accountant before earning an AB in history and French from DePaul University in 2007.My dissertation, "The Catholic Agricultural Enlightenment in France, 1759–1789,” investigates the role of large ecclesiastical landowners in agricultural development. The project focuses on the investment practices and culture of these religious corporations in order to understand modes and capacities of agricultural management and change in the ancien régime economy.
During 2012 my archival research in Paris was facilitated and stimulated by the award of the university's exchange student position at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales where I participated in Histoire économique et sociale des campagnes (XVIIe–XXe siècles) seminar. I returned to France in 2013 to complete my archival research. I was a teaching assistant in European Civilization I and II and lectured in European Civilization I.