I am a Visiting Assistant Professor of History at the University of Iowa. My research and teaching areas include modern Europe and modern Latin America, with an emphasis on migration and transnational networks. My scholarly work focuses on how groups of people fashion collective narratives as nations, religions, and diasporas.

I have taught several courses at the University of Iowa on European and transnational history. My work has been published in the periodical In These Times and the peer-reviewed Indiana Magazine of History. I also have forthcoming publications in the peer-reviewed German Studies Review and Journal of Mennonite Studies, and a chapter in a forthcoming book to be published by the German Federal Institute for Culture and History of the Germans in Eastern Europe (Berlin: De Gruyter). From 2012-2013, I was a Visiting Fellow at the Berlin Program for Advanced German and European Studies at the Freie Universität Berlin and during the 2014-2015 academic year, I was a University of Iowa Ballard and Seashore Dissertation Year Fellow.