Exploring the connections between expression and

environment, history and habitation, meaning and materiality.

writer     researcher     leader

Upcoming & Recent Events
April 22, 2021
Resistance and Extinction:
A Conversation about Thoreau, Loss, and Hope
Co-sponsored by the Center for Biological Diversity & the Thoreau Society
Watch the webinar here:
March 13, 2021 at 2PM and Rebroadcast (!) June 16, 2021 at 7PM:
Recovering Susan Fenimore Cooper's Environmentalism
Sponsored by Fenimore Art Museum & Otsego Outdoors
Watch the webinar here:
November 1, 2020
Representation in American Nature Writing:
A Conversation with Kathryn Aalto, author of Writing Wild
Sponsored by the Thoreau Society
June 7, 2020
Thoreau in a Time of Loss
A Webinar sponsored by The Thoreau Society
Watch the conversation here:
March 26, 2020
On Covid-19, Thoreau, and the Liberal Arts
Video made for The College of Idaho
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I hold tremendous gratitude toward the professional communities of which I am a part, so I make a point of contributing to them.

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I teach in hopes of helping students discover how they might contribute most meaningfully to the world.


My professional life centers on the environmental humanities—and, more particularly, on thinking through how people have understood and expressed their relations to the natural world.