Current Projects

A Woman Was at the Bottom of It All

My ongoing book project, tentatively titledĀ A Woman Was at the Bottom of It All, deals with–among much else–the history of abortion in New York State; the unique interplay between crime, gender, and psychiatry; the personal narratives of Civil War spies; the pill merchant who built American advertising; a man who lived through a bullet to the head; poorhouses, madhouses, and workhouses; the Great Exhibition of 1851; the bad reputations of good hotels; coroner’s inquests; secret burials; streetcars; and a dangerous woman with four aliases, six children, and a brilliant mind. Read more about it here.

Cultural histories of boxing and head injury

I am doing freelance research on the cultural history of boxing and head injury in New York City for a colleague’s book project.