I am a cultural historian of US imperialism asking questions about the formation of race relations, cultural encounters, and how consumerism allowed these categories to develop. I am focused on US-Korea relations before and during Japanese colonialism at the turn of the 20th century, while examining the degrees of US sovereignty through visual and material culture. Currently, I am looking at Alice Roosevelt on her East Asia tour in 1905 and how she, as a celebrity diplomat, influenced gendering Asia in the eyes of the American public. I wrote my undergraduate thesis on the Columbus Monument in Columbus Circle, New York and my MA thesis on the memorialization of the assassination of President McKinley. In both these theses, I addressed who is considered an American, immigration histories, and race relations.