I am an early modern historian interested in the social and familial basis of politics, religion, and trade. I received a Ph.D. in European History from UCLA in 2015 and have taught courses on cultural and intellectual history of early modern Europe and the Atlantic.

My research investigates the familial basis of the early modern capitalism through archival research on two mercantile families from Antwerp at the end of the sixteenth and beginning of the seventeenth century. I am currently working on a manuscript that argues for the significance of sibling relationships and inheritance in the development of early modern trade. My manuscript places concepts such as patriarchy, emotion, exile, and friendship at the heart of the efficacy of long-distance trade networks and the growth of capitalism.


Ph.D. History, University of California, Los Angeles, 2015

M.A. History, University of California, Los Angeles, 2008

B.A. University of California, San Diego, 2005

Other Publications

“Raising Children across Religious Boundaries in the Dutch Revolt,” in Childhood, Youth and Religious Minorities in Early Modern Europe eds. Lucy Underwood and Tali Berner (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2019)

“News as a Path to Independence: Merchant Correspondence and the Exchange of News during the Dutch Revolt,” in In Praise of Ordinary People: Early Modern England and the Dutch Republic eds. Margaret Jacob and Catherine Secretan (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2013)

“The Collegiants, a Small Presence in the Republic, a Large Metaphor for the Book,” in Bernard Picart and the First Global Vision of Religion eds. Lynn Hunt, Margaret Jacob, and Wijnand Mijnhardt (Los Angeles: Getty Research Institute, 2010)

Blog Posts


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