Last year I completed my Master's work at the University of Chicago. My thesis was on European piracy in the Early Modern period which gave me a great chance to study European politics, technology, economics and social organization. Although it may be easy to dismiss piracy as a trivial subject, I focused on piracy because it sits at a unique intersection of historical trends: European colonialism, state-ism, democracy, capitalism and technological progress. And perhaps most important of all, it was exciting to study and talk about pirates all day. This use of fun and unique topics is my general approach to studying and explaining historical trends.
While I was in school I worked at the Oriental Institute in Hyde Park, where I got to physically touch history everyday. I currently work in the outdoor museum of Chicago as a tour guide, which gives me a chance to share the amazing history of Chicago with locals and tourists alike. I love bringing history alive and strive to make historical inquiry exciting and accessible.
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