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 most recent book project was 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.
“Returning to the Slough: Environmental Justice in Portland Oregon.” In The Nature of Hope: Grassroots Organizing, Environmental Justice, and Political Change, Char Miller and Jeff Crane, eds., 79-99. Louisville, Colorado: University Press of Colorado, 2019.
“Law and the Dead Body: Is a Corpse a Person or a Thing?” Annual Review of Law and Social Science 14 (2018): 115-125.
“The Nature of Traveling Corpses.” Modern American History 1:3 (November 2018): 419-424.
“Photographing Slow Disaster: Zoe Strauss’s ‘Grand Isle Beach.’” Environmental History, 21:4 (October 2016), 719-729.
Nature Next Door: Cities and Trees in the American Northeast (Seattle: University of Washington Press, 2012).