I hold tremendous gratitude toward the professional communities that support me, so I make a point of contributing to them consistently. At the College of Idaho, I serve as the director of the Gipson Honors Program — teaching and arranging mentoring, programming, and events for the 50 honors students whom I also advise. I have chaired both the Environmental Studies and the English departments, as well as the Division of Humanities & Fine Arts. I also have served on a range of governance, finance, search, and faculty evaluation committees, in addition to several special task forces.


Because I also value the larger academic community of which I am a part, I contribute to its governance and future. I currently serve as president of The Thoreau Society, and in the past I have served other professional organizations. For the Association for the Study of Literature and Environment (ASLE), I have served as board member, Mentoring Coordinator, Professional Affiliate Organizational Liaison, Vice-President, and President. I regularly review fellowship applications for national granting agencies, as well as books, articles, and manuscripts for academic journals and publishers. I also provide guidance to tenure and promotion committees and to colleagues and graduate students around the country who seek my feedback on their scholarship in the environmental humanities.

I am deeply committed to the public humanities, so I share my work with general audiences — whether through lecturing, contributing to films, organizing a lecture series, participating in institutes for high school educators, or teaching at the Osher Institute of Lifelong Learning, which serves college-educated adults in my community.


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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