I work as an environmental historian at Columbia University.  My primary research focus is on rivers’ influences on culture and politics, but the best way to specialize without getting lost is to be a generalist.  Before becoming a PhD candidate, I taught high school and lived on a small farm in Oregon.  I currently live in NYC with my wife, son, labrador, and two cats, where I explore the city's amazing history, rapidly changing neighborhoods, and occasionally pine for a little more nature. I read, write, teach, and work on public history projects.


Here is the link to my article in The Journal of Southern History: Oil on the Farm: The East Texas Oil Boom and the Origins of an Energy Economy

And this is the accompanying essay I wrote for Texas Monthly's energy blog:  The Oil Boom's Roots in East Texas Cotton Farming

Attached is a link to the article I published in Environmental History:  Defining a Nuisance: Pollution, Science, and Politics on Maine's Androscoggin River

And here is the accompanying blog article I wrote for Oxford University Press: Cool, clear water?

Designed Courses: Click to view the syllabus for my history seminar, “Rivers, Politics, and Power in the US

Contact Me

Email: WSM2116@Columbia.edu

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From left to right: Cathance, Archie, and Alsea

From left to right: Cathance, Archie, and Alsea