Exploring the connections between expression and

environment, history and habitation, meaning and materiality.

writer     researcher     teacher

Recent and Forthcoming Events

April 14, 2022
Making Beauty in the Broken Places:
Susan Fenimore Cooper and the Hudson River 

A Zoom presentation commemorating Earth Day
Sponsored by the Fenimore Art Museum

Registration info forthcoming

October 29, 2021
The Thoreau Prize: Honoring Robin Wall Kimmerer
The Thoreau Society, First Parish Church, Concord, Massachusetts

Watch the presentation here:

October 27, 2021
Rethinking the Origins of American Environmentalism
The Commons at Lincoln, Lincoln, Massachusetts

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:

On Covid-19, Thoreau, and the Liberal Arts
Video made for The College of Idaho, March 26, 2020:
Click on the video below:


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.