New York University, Ph.D., 2005
Director of the Honors Program
E314 Thompson Hall
Office Phone: 716/673-3876
My research focuses on the history of U.S. environmental politics in a global age. My book, DDT and the American Century: Global Health, Environmental Politics, and the Pesticide That Changed the World (UNC Press, 2011, http://uncpress.unc.edu/books/T-9301.html) examines the interconnections between U.S. environmentalism and U.S. foreign policy. Currently, I am starting a new book project called, An Island of Plastic: A History of Waste, Water, and Petrochemicals. This project attempts to historicize the multifaceted and transnational history of the largest environmental wasteland in the world, the Great Pacific Garbage Patch.
- DDT and the American Century: Global Health, Environmental Politics, and the Pesticide that Changed the World, (UNC Press, 2011) http://uncpress.unc.edu/books/T-9301.html
- The Nation-State and the Global Environment: New Approaches to International Environmental History, co-edited with Mark Atwood Lawrence and Erika Bsumek, Oxford University Press, Dec 2012
- “The Ecological Landscapes of Rachel Carson and Jane Jacobs,” American Quarterly 61.4 (winter 2009): 905-28.
- “’One Man’s Pesticide Is Another Man’s Poison’: The Paradox of U.S. Environmental Pesticide Policy during the Environmental Decade” for edited volume, The Nation-State and the Global Environment
- “The Question of Success and Environmental Ethics: Revisiting the DDT Controversy from a Transnational Perspective, 1967-1972,” Ethics, Place, and Environment vol. 8, no. 2, June 2005, 159-79.
- "Plastic Six-Pack Rings: The Business and Politics of an Environmental Problem," for Green Capitalism? Exploring the Crossroads of Environmental and Business History, ed. Harmut Berghoff and Adam Rome, (University of Pennsylvania Press, forthcoming)
- “Transnational Environments: Rethinking the Political Economy of Nature in a Global Age,” editor with Neil Maher, Radical History Review, 107, spring 2010
- "Water: History, Power, Crisis," editor with Teresa Meade and Enrique Ochoa, Radical History Review, 116, spring 2013
- The Charles Warren Center for Studies in American History, Harvard University, Research Fellow, 2010
- Institute for Historical Studies, University of Texas-Austin, 2008-09
My teaching interests explore many of the same themes as my research. I am interested in exploring the connections and relationships between U.S. history and the world. I often teach the survey course, "U.S. History since 1877" with a global focus. I also teach the "American Century" course that explores the intersection between foreign politics, culture and power. I teach environmental history as well, offering courses on global and U.S. environmental history. Other courses I have developed or offered in the past include "The History of New York," "History of American Cities," "Post-1945 U.S. History," "Doing History" and the "History Honors Seminar."