I am a historian who uses beer and brewing as lenses for American history. I received my PhD from Purdue University in May 2018 and currently consult on projects related to beer history, primarily with the Chicago Brewseum.
My research interests include the nineteenth century American capitalism, German immigration, ethnicity, and beer culture. My dissertation, “Beer to Stay: Brewed Culture, Ethnicity, and the Market Revolution,” examined how beer production and consumption helped German immigrants negotiate American citizenship in mid-nineteenth century Cincinnati and Chicago. In addition to converting that project into a book manuscript, I am currently researching parallels between the proliferation of lager beer during the nineteenth century and that of modern craft beer.
I am further committed to exploring beer’s instructive and public history potential. In addition to developing undergraduate courses that use beer history to explore the American experience, I use beer as a medium to engage or start public conversations. I have contributed to the creation of museum exhibits, written media pieces, provided documentary and radio interviews, and given several public talks.
I can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.