- PhD, Columbia University, 2001
- MA, University of Oregon, 1995
- BA, University of Michigan, 1988
I am a U.S. environmental historian with a particular interest in the nature of cities. My first book, Nature Next Door: Cities and Trees in the American Northeast (University of Washington Press, 2012) looks at the ways in which the twentieth-century growth of cities in the northeastern U.S. fostered the return of forests to the region. My current book project is an environmental history of dead bodies in the United States, looking at the ways in which corpses and corpse disposal practices have shaped American landscapes and ideas about nature.
“Photographing Slow Disaster: Zoe Strauss’s ‘Grand Isle Beach.’” Environmental History, 21:4 (October 2016), in press.
Nature Next Door: Cities and Trees in the American Northeast (Seattle: University of Washington Press, 2012).
“Dirt in the City: Urban Environmental History in the Mid-Atlantic.” Pennsylvania History: A Journal of Mid-Atlantic Studies 79:4 (Fall 2012), 428-439.
“Dead Bodies in Harlem: Environmental History and the Geography of Death.” In The Nature of Cities: Culture, Landscape and Urban Space, Andrew Isenberg, ed. (Rochester, New York: University of Rochester Press: 2006), 62-76.
“Does Nature Always Matter? Following Dirt Through History.” History and Theory, 42 (December 2003), 75-81.
Awards and Service:
American Council of Learned Societies Frederick Burkhardt Fellowship for Recently Tenured Scholars, 2013-2014.
Membership, Institute for Advanced Study, School of Social Science, 2013-14.
National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship. National Humanities Center, 2009-10.
National Science Foundation Scholar Award, 2005-8.
American Council of Learned Societies/Andrew W. Mellon Junior Faculty Fellow, 2004-5.
Charles Warren Fellow. Harvard University’s Charles Warren Center for Studies in American History. Seminar topic: The Culture and Politics of the Built Environment, 2004-5.
Alice Hamilton Prize of the American Society for Environmental History. Award for the best environmental history article published outside of the organization’s own journal, 2000.