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I am a Ph.D. candidate in history at New York University. I use historical analysis to challenge widely held misconceptions about tropical nature, the people who make a living there, and what should be done about them. My research has benefitted from the support of the American Council of Learned Societies, the Social Science Research Council, and the Mellon foundation. In 2018-19, I will be a postdoctoral fellow at the program in Agrarian Studies at Yale University.