Katie is a historian of eighteenth-century France working at the intersection of political culture and the history of science and technology. She completed her PhD in History at Stanford in 2013. Before returning to Stanford in 2018, she taught at Bates College and was a postdoctoral researcher in digital humanities at Western Sydney University (Australia). Her first book manuscript, Public Works Laboratory: Building a Province in Eighteenth-Century France is a spatial history of the corvée, the forced labor regime used from the 1730s until the Revolution on highway construction sites.
Her archival research is complemented by new methods from the fields of Natural Language Processing and Geographic Information Science. She is currently participating in:
a project on the history of early modern mobility-related infrastructures (roads, postal services, borders, letter networks, and more) with Leo Barleta, Paula Findlen, Iva Lelkovà, Rachel Midura, Luca Scholz, and Suzanne Sutherland
research studying speeches and petitions from the French Revolutionary national assemblies (using the Archives parlementairescorpus - prepared for an earlier Stanford/BnF project, the French Revolution Digital Archive) with Keith Baker, Dan Edelstein, and Rachel Hirshman
As the Academic Technology Specialist in the History department, Katie works with faculty, students, and others on digital research projects. She is affiliated with the Center for Interdisciplinary Digital Research (CIDR) within the Stanford University Libraries.
In 2018/19 she will be teaching Where Do Highways Come From? The History of Infrastructure (History 208J, Winter) and Spatial History (History 201B/401A, Spring).