Writing & Media


In the Limelight,” monthly column on entertainment history for  the good folks at JSTOR Daily

“The Mickey Mouse Club Circus,” Bandwagon, vol. 67, no.4, 2023

“Christina Gilligan, The Lion-Whacker of Bridgeport,” Bandwagon, vol. 67, no. 3, 2023

“A Period of Strong Political Excitement: The 1832 Libel Trial of P.T. Barnum,” Connecticut Explored, vol. 21, no.4, Fall 2023

“When Is a Circus Not a Circus?: The Yankee Circus On Mars Goes to Court,” Bandwagon, vol.66, no.4, 2022

The Man Who Believed Too Much,” Yale Alumni Magazine, January / February 2022

Circassian Beauty in the American Sideshow,” The Public Domain Review, September 16, 2021

The Circus Origins of Pink Lemonade,” The Recipes Project, February 16, 2021

A Tale of Survival, Wrapped in a 19th Century Reindeer-Skin Sleeping Bag,” Atlas Obscura, November 25, 2020

The Tiger King of the 19th Century,” Slate, April 3, 2020

The Portly Victorian Undertaker Who Launched the World’s First Low-Carb Craze,” Narratively, April 25, 2019

The Dangers of Facial Recognition Software,” Washington Post: Made by History, February 8, 2019

When Hard Rock Music Meant Banging on Actual Hard Rocks,” Atlas Obscura, May 8, 2018

The 19th-Century “Golden Hours” Convention,” Smithsonian Magazine, March 9, 2018

This is Me: Curiosity, Oddity & Race on P.T. Barnum’s Stage,” Fugitive Leaves (Historical Medical Library of the College of Physicians of Philadelphia), February 20, 2018

The Greatest Showman: The True Story of P.T. Barnum & Jenny Lind,” Vanity Fair, December 22, 2017

How the Real Madame Tussaud Built a Business Out of Beheadings,” Atlas Obscura, October 10, 2017

In 1859, a Murderous Congressman Pioneered the Insanity Defense,” Narratively, Sept. 12, 2017

When New York City Rioted Over Hamlet Being Too British,” Smithsonian Magazine, July 19, 2017

At Tom Thumb Weddings, Children Get Faux-Married to Each Other,” Atlas Obscura, July 7, 2017

The Dramatic Courtroom Demo Designed to Expose Arsenic Murders,” Atlas Obscura, May 26, 2017

How P.T. Barnum Helped the Early Days of Animal Rights,” The Atlantic, May 10, 2017

The (18th Century) War on the Mainstream Media,” Historista, March 6, 2017

Video & Speaking

I’m the regional Emmy-winning writer and host of the “Showman’s Shorts” video series for the Barnum Museum.

Host and Ringmaster, Kafka Cafe, New York City, June 2023

Intellectual Property, Media and the Circus,” San Diego Law Library, January 2022

Who is Barnum to You?,” The Barnum Museum, July 2021

Lavinia Warren, The “Fairy Wedding”, and the Birth of Celebrity Culture,” New Perspectives on Women and the Historic Circus, The Ringling, June 2021

Odd Salon SHORTS: Hold My Beer, Odd Salon, May 2021

The Life of Millie-Christine McKoy,” Contemporary Questions About the Historic Circus, The Ringling, March 2021