This is an image of a man seated. He has a few of his left fingers tucked into his jacket. He is hold a pair of crutches at right.
Tintype (detail), man with crutches, 1860s
(Nicole Belolan’s Collection)

I study history through everyday things. I am currently working on several scholarly and public-facing projects related to my research exploring the experience and meaning of disability in early America using archival sources as well as objects in museum collections. I give talks on and lecture regularly about this as well as past research. I also collect disability-related history artifacts.