I am a PhD student in History at New York University.
I care about how people imbue their lives with meaning, how they connect with others and how they seek to change the world around them.
I’m fascinated with the connection between radical religious, interpersonal and political practices in the late nineteenth century. In the 1880s and 90s, countless people in both the United States and Europe felt their comfortable conservative cosmos to be crumbling, and turned to new ways of looking at religion, sexuality, and race. Across the United States, people advocated having sex with ghosts, joined neoplatonic orders teaching them how to live, and looked to Islamic mystics in their search for ecstasy. They saw themselves as normal, as did many of their contemporaries. They are my normal. These are my people.