Doing Local History/History of Missoula; 20th Century American West; Making History Public; History of Pandemics; Environmental History
PhD, University of Virginial; MA, University of Montana; BA, Vassar College
The Age of Lead: Metropolitan Change, Environmental Health, and Inner-City Underdevelopment in Baltimore. (Dissertation, University of Virginia, Department of History, May 2017).
- Winner of Council of Graduate Schools/ProQuest Distinguished Dissertation Award in Humanities and Fine Arts for the past two years.
- Winner of Michael Katz Award for Best Dissertation in Urban History, Urban History Association.
Death in the West: The Murder of Frank Little. Podcast about the unsolved lynching of union organizer Frank Little in Butte, Montana in 1917 -- and the broader historical context of his time.
A People's EPA. Public history website about the Environmental Protection Agency.
Enviro-History Website about environmental history and humanities, geared toward the public.
The Mysis Crisis: How Fisheries Scientists Turned an Isolated Shrimp into an ‘Invasive Species. Interactive Map. Enviro-History, March 16, 2018.
Field of Study
Environmental, urban, social and political history. History of science and technology. Public history, digital humanities, spatial humanities.
“Paving the Way for Trump: Past Presidential Assaults on Environmental Health Protection,” American Journal of Public Health 108, no. S2 (April 1, 2018). *Lead author.
“Bio-Invasions and Bio-Fixes: Mysid Shrimp Introductions in the Twentieth Century,” Environment and History vol. 23, no.2, 2017.
“From Ecocide to Eco-ally: Picloram, Herbicidal Warfare, and Invasive Species, 1963-2005,” in Global Environment: A Journal of Transdisciplinary History (Rachel Carson Center Special Issue on Hazardous Substances), vol. 7, no. 1, 2014.
“The Riot Environment: Sanitation, Recreation, and Pacification in the Wake of Baltimore’s 1968 Uprising,” in Nicole King and Kate Drabinski, eds., Baltimore Revisited: Rethinking and Remaking a Right to the City (Rutgers University Press, 2019).
“The Rise and Fall of an Ecostar: Green Technology Innovation and Marketing as Regulatory Obstruction,” in Hartmut Berghoff and Adam Rome, eds., Green Capitalism? Business and Environment in the Twentieth Century (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2017).
“A Sheep in the Closet the Erosion of Enforcement at the EPA,” (Environmental Data & Governance Initiative, November 2018, updated May 2019). *Co-lead author.
Writings for popular audiences inThe Guardian, Washington Post, American Historical Association Today, The Conversation and other publications.
Oral History Interview Curator, Environmental Data & Governance Initiative. Unseen Missoula History tour guide. Member of the Missoula Historic Preservation Commission; Board of Unseen Missoula History Tours; Board of Friends of the Historical Museum at Fort Missoula.