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I am presently the Curator of the Harvard Theatre Collection, which is a department of Houghton Library at Harvard University. I was previously a curator at the American Numismatic Society in New York City where, among other duties, I edited the blog Pocket Change. Prior to that I was a Visiting Fellow at the University of Sydney and a Curatorial Fellow at the Bard Graduate Center. At the latter I served as the curator for the award-winning exhibition Circus and the City: New York, 1793-2010and also edited a volume, The American Circus, for Yale University Press. I received my Ph.D. from the Program in American Culture at the University of Michigan. My scholarly work has focused on the cultural, material, and transnational history of the nineteenth-century United States and on the dynamics of popular entertainment in particular. My current book project looks at the experiences of American entertainers who traveled around the Pacific in the wake of the California Gold Rush. I also have been cultivating an interest in digital and public history, including a mapping project that integrates historical touring circuits with Geographic Information System (GIS) technology.

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