I am an Assistant Professor in the Department of History at the University of Northern British Columbia, and I received my PhD from York University in 2013. My research focuses on migration, health, education, and religion in the Americas. At UNBC, I teach courses on the Americas and global history.
My monograph, To Belong in Buenos Aires: Germans, Argentines, and the Rise of a Pluralist Society (Stanford University Press, 2017) examines the activities, fantasies, and frustrations of the German speakers who sought to create a lasting community in Buenos Aires and those who challenged that project. Drawing on dozens of private and public archives in Buenos Aires and Germany, I focus in particular on social welfare, education, and religion, and I analyze the efforts of German-speaking immigrants to carve out a place for themselves in the broader landscape of an extremely culturally plural society. The broad group of institutions that German-speaking and other immigrants created in Buenos Aires had a significant impact on how other social actors such as the Argentine state, the Catholic Church, and Spanish-speaking philanthropists involved themselves with citizens and residents of the city. The approach offers new perspectives on broader topics of liberalism, nationalism, and language in the Americas.
I have published an article about migration and social welfare in Argentina in the Journal of Social History and another one about philanthropy and gender at the German hospital of Buenos Aires in Estudios Migratorios Latinoamericanos. I have also published my research about bilingual education in Ontario in the Canadian Historical Review and about German-language religious networks in the Great Lakes region in the Journal of the Canadian Historical Association.
I am the co-editor of Making Citizens in Argentina (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2017). It illustrates how the Argentine state and other social groups have contested and defined the meaning of citizenship over the course of the twentieth century. It shows how citizenship is an expansive and malleable concept worthy of analysis. It is a term that appears in sources and historiography, but its meaning is all too often taken for granted. I am also the co-editor of Entangling Migration History: Borderlands and Transnationalism in the United States and Canada (University Press of Florida, 2015). The book explores how people, ideas, and policies transcended the political boundaries of the United States and Canada. It brings to light the value of situating the history of migration to the United States and Canada in broader comparative, borderland, and transnational contexts.