Selected Presentations

Invited Talks

“Oilfield Services and American Empire.” University of Chicago, Department of History, Chicago, IL,  February 21, 2019.

“Expert Capital: Houston and the Making of a Service Empire.” Rice University, Department of History,  Houston, Texas, January 15, 2019.

“Houston and North Sea Oil.” A Celebration of Glenda Gilmore’s Career, Yale University, New Haven, CT, April 21, 2018.

“Texas Oil Experts and Labor Contracting.” Andrew W. Mellon Seminar on Violence and Non-Violence Closing Conference, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, October 19-20, 2017.

“Roundtable: U.S. and the World and the History of Capitalism.” Society for Historians of Foreign Relations 2017 Annual Meeting, Arlington, Virginia, June 22-24, 2017.

“Houston’s Global Oil Culture.” Cultures of Energy Research Symposium, Rice University’s Center for Energy and Environmental Research in the Human Sciences, Houston, Texas, April 13-15, 2017.

“Podcasts and the Future of Public History.” Roundtable, The Organization of American Historians Annual Meeting, New Orleans, Louisiana, April 6-9, 2017.

“The Sunbelt and Globalization.” New Cities, Future Ruins Convention, Dallas, Texas, November 11-14, 2016.

“Houston Has a Labor History?” The Project Row Houses, Houston, Texas, June 5, 2016.

“Podcasting History: A Roundtable Discussion.” The American Historical Association Annual Conference, Atlanta, Georgia, January 7-10, 2016.

Chair and commentator for the panel “Cities in Crisis: The Varied Impacts of War on the Urban Landscape, 1865-1939.” Urban History Association Annual Meeting, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, October 9-12, 2014.

Papers Presented

“Experts in the Oilfields.” Organization of American Historians Meeting. Philadelphia, PA, April 4-6, 2019.

“Wildcatters and Wildcat Strikes.” United Association for Labor Education Annual Conference, Philadelphia, PA, April 2-5, 2019.

“Roundtable: Militarism and Capitalism: The Work and Wages of Violence.” American Studies Association Annual Meeting. Atlanta, GA, November 8-11, 2018.

“Roundtable: Ideology, Materiality, and Imperial America.” Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations, Philadelphia, PA, June 21-24, 2018.

“Contracted Responsibility: Oilfield Services Firms and Environmental Calamity.” 2018 Business History Conference, Baltimore, MD, April 5-7, 2018.

“The Houston of Europe,” on the panel “Infrastructures of the ‘American Century’: Technology, Mobility, and Materiality in Post-World War II U.S. History.” The American Historical Association Annual Conference, Washington, D.C., January 4-7, 2018.

“The Mechanics of Service: Houston Oilfield Services Companies Meet the Norwegian Welfare State in the North Sea, 1969-1979.” Harvard Graduate Student Conference on International History, Cambridge, MA, March 10-11, 2016.

“Oil Futures: Petrochemical Services and the Culture of US Global Power after 1973,” on the panel “History, Economics, and the Wide-Ranging Impacts of the 1973 Oil Shock on US Foreign Relations.” The American Historical Association Annual Conference, New York, NY, January 2-5, 2015.

“Wildcat: Outsourcing, Expertise, and Oil in Postwar Houston.” The Cornell Conference on the Histories of American Capitalism, Ithaca, NY, November 6-8, 2014.

“Wildcat: Outsourcing, Expertise, and Oil in Postwar Houston.” Conference on Labor Politics in the Oil Industry: New Historical Perspectives, Padua, Italy, October 24, 2014.

“Service Learning: International Education and the Cultural Logics of Petrochemical Services,” on the panel “Both a Borrower and a Lender Be: Complicating Imperial Hierarchies in the American Century.” American Studies Annual Meeting, Washington, D.C., November 21-24, 2013.

“Petrochemical Services and the Culture of U.S. Global Power after 1973.” Business and Politics in 20th Century America Conference, Hagley Library and Museum, Wilmington, DE, November 8, 2013.

“Port Diplomacy: Sunbelt Development and Global Visions at the Port of Houston, 1945-1960.” The Sixth Biennial Urban History Association Conference, New York, NY, October 26-28, 2012.

“A New South and a New City: Race and Rural Modernization in Soul City, North Carolina, 1969-1980.” The Business History Association Conference, Philadelphia, PA, March 29-31, 2012.

“A New South and a New City: Negotiating Race, Constructing Region, and Building Soul City, North Carolina, 1969-1980.” The Fifth Biennial Urban History Association Conference, The University of Nevada, Las Vegas, NV, October 20-23, 2010.


Additional Conference Participation
Invited Chair, “Queer City Limits: Expanding Perspectives on Class and Region in LGBTQ Studies,” 2011 Modern Language Association Annual Convention, Los Angeles, CA, January 6-9, 2011.

Invited Reader, “Queering the Countryside” Symposium and Workshop, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN, November 6-7, 2010.