I recently completed my dissertation, “Performance and Spectatorship in United States International Exposition, 1876-1893,” at the Graduate Center, City University of New York. I teach at the Tisch Drama Department at New York University and the English Department at John Jay College of Criminal Justice.
My research began by looking at how U.S. audiences have engaged ancient drama in the nineteenth century, a process which kept leading me to larger and larger questions about what people thought about when they saw an Oedipus, a Medea, or watched while “The Destruction of Pompeii” was reconstructed at Coney Island. Eventually, I landed in world’s fairs and from there have remained fascinated by the diversity of audiences and the range of their activity in this hectic period. I am also into nineteenth-century displays of dinosaurs.