My dissertation, How a Whale Becomes a Molecule: A Geography of Smell advances a material approach to the senses. I trace the translation of ambergris, a sperm whale gallstone used in perfumery, into its synthetic counterpart, ambroxan, to query the articulation of a global, modern sense of smell through its emergence in specific places and moments. Through my formation as a perfumer, I understand the production of industrial material equivalence as a spatialized, craft-based, embodied practice. My contemplations on the genesis of a contemporary chemical ontology destabilize enlightenment (visual and philogenic) taxonomic principles; I draw attention instead to the co-incidental power of an alternate, under-determined, mobile, affective sensorial logic. My methods draw equally from the arts as from critiques of labor and nature.
2011, MSc, Water, Science, Policy, and Management, Oxford University
2008, B.A., Literary Arts and Visual Arts, Brown University
Graduate Student Instructor, GEOG 10 (International Development Studies), UC Berkeley