Chris is a PhD student in History and Sociology of Science at the University of Pennsylvania. He is also working on the Certificate in Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies. He received an MA in Public History from the University of South Carolina (2016) and a BA in History from Samford University (2011). While in Carolina, he worked at McKissick Museum as curatorial assistant for the radio and TV broadcasting collections and traditional music collections.

His research interests are in the histories of botany, horticulture, and agriculture. He is currently following the trail of William J. Robbins, American botanist and longtime director of the New York Botanical Garden. Among other things, Robbins liked to remind people, “Without plants, we would starve to death, die of suffocation and expire from a combination of deficiency diseases.”

Outside of PhD-Land, Chris is a novice gardener and cat fancier. He also tries to make progress on an eclectic and ever-growing reading list. Current reading includes Seamus Heaney, N. K. Jemisin, and Marilynne Robinson.

 
                           Fantasia, a West Philly native and our resident feline scholar

                           Fantasia, a West Philly native and our resident feline scholar