Making Stars Physical: The Astronomy of Sir John Herschel
(University of Pittsburgh Press, 2018).

Papers & Articles:

Entry on “Pierre-Simon de Laplace,” in Dictionary of Christianity and Science (Zondervan, 2017).

“‘Land-marks of the Universe’: John Herschel Against the Background of Positional Astronomy,” Annals of Science 72.4 (2015): 417–34. (2014 Prize Essay, also available online.)

How Bright Planets Became Dim Stars: Planetary Speculations in John Herschel’s Double Star Astronomy,” Endeavour 38 (2014): 27–34.

“‘These Divine Animals’: Physicality of the Stars in Platonic and Aristotelian Thought,” Newberry Essays in Medieval and Early Modern Studies, Vol. 7: Selected Proceedings of the Newberry Center for Renaissance Studies 2013 Multidisciplinary Graduate Student Conference (2013): 35–40.

“Divine Animals: Plato, Aristotle, and the Stars,” Mercury 42.3 (Summer 2013): 28–33.

“Evidential Reasoning in Astronomy and Cosmology: Some Reflections,” History of Science Society Newsletter 42 (Apr 2013): 32–34.

“Children in God’s House: Teaching Cosmology at a Nazarene University,” in Telos: the Destination for Nazarene Higher Education, eds. Gregg A. Chenoweth and Barbara M. Ragan (Bourbonnais, IL, 2011): 58–61.

‘Insufferably Stupid or Miserably Out of Place’: Frederick A. P. Barnard and His Scientific Instrument Collection in the Antebellum South,” Historical Studies in the Natural Sciences vol. 39, no. 4 (2009): 418–43.

Edited Volume:

with Marvin Bolt, Engaging the Heavens: Inspiration of Astronomical Phenomena V, Astronomical Society of the Pacific Conference series volume 468, 2012.


As a graduate student at Notre Dame, I worked as a research and curatorial intern at the Webster Institute for the History of Astronomy at the Adler Planetarium. There I helped create and curate an online database of surviving pre-1750 refracting telescopes. The database received some press in the AAAS’s online publication and on the science and tech website,

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