Exploring the connections between expression and

environment, history and habitation, meaning and materiality.


writer     researcher     professor

Upcoming & Recent Events
April 22, 2021 at 7PM
Resistance and Extinction:
A Conversation about Thoreau, Loss, and Hope
A Webinar co-sponsored by the Center for Biological Diversity & the Thoreau Society
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March 13, 2021
Recovering Susan Fenimore Cooper's Environmentalism
A Webinar sponsored by Fenimore Art Museum & Otsego Outdoors
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November 1, 2020
Representation in American Nature Writing:
A Conversation with Kathryn Aalto, author of Writing Wild
A Webinar sponsored by The Thoreau Society
June 7, 2020
Thoreau in a Time of Loss
A Webinar sponsored by The Thoreau Society
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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.


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.


I am a writer and editor--of books,  scholarly articles,  lectures, and book chapters, and I have contributed to documentary films. I am Professor of English & Environmental Studies at the College of Idaho, where I teach courses in early American literature, material culture, and the environmental humanities. I currently serve as president of The Thoreau Society. I also teach for the Bread Loaf School of English, a graduate program of Middlebury College. A past president of the Association for the Study of Literature and Environment (ASLE), I have served the boards of other literary organizations, including the Society for the Study of American Women Writers and The James Fenimore Cooper Society. The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement for Teaching honored me with the Idaho Professor of the Year award. In support of my research, I have received fellowships from organizations including the Idaho Humanities Council, the Beinecke Library, and the National Endowment for the Humanities.


Environmental Studies Department

The College of Idaho

2112 Cleveland Blvd.

Caldwell, ID 83703



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