I am training to become an environmental historian of the South at Columbia University.  My primary research focus is on rivers’ influences on culture and ideology, but the best way to specialize without getting lost is to be a generalist.  Before becoming a full-time student again, I taught high school and lived on a small farm in Oregon.  I currently live in NYC with my wife, labrador, and two cats, where I explore the city's amazing history, rapidly changing neighborhoods, and occasionally pine for a little more nature. I also do historical consulting work, but most days I live the life of a typical PhD candidate, reading, writing, and teaching. A good argument can only come from a well-written story.


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?

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