I have a strong commitment to transnational American Studies and advise students in our MA program from many backgrounds. I work across the disciplines of History and Visual and Material Culture Studies focusing on global interaction of the Americas from the 16th through 19th centuries. I run the research initiative “Asia-Pacific in the Making of the Americas.” My publications include Objectifying China, Imagining America: Chinese Commodities in Early America (University of Chicago Press, 2011); Global Trade and Visual Arts in Federal New England (fall 2014, UPNE). In overseeing the MA program in American Studies, I seek to promote a trnansnational group of engaged scholars. I am a Chicago native with a BA and MA in Anthropology from the University of Chicago, and an MA in Museum Studies and a PhD in American Civilization from Brown.