I’m a PhD candidate in the History of Science at Stanford, working on the history of nicotine addiction and the tobacco industry. In my dissertation, entitled Taming Nicotine: Big Tobacco's Quest to Hide and Harness Addiction, I show how the American tobacco industry built an empire by both amplifying and hiding nicotine's addictive properties. You can have a look at this and other research projects here.

In addition, I am interested in digital approaches to historical research and have developed tools to quantitatively analyze an archive of 11 million formerly secret tobacco industry documents. I have also written some tutorials on using python for historical research.

You can reach me at risi@stanford.edu.