My research focuses on environmental history and the American West. My work in progress includes:
Western rivers are the focus of three related book projects: Danger River, The River Runs Wild, and Living Rivers. The American Council of Learned Societies, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Huntington Library have supported this work. Click here for more details.
To Speak of Common Places: The Past, Present, and Future of Oregon's Public Lands
Co-authored with Stephanie LeMenager, To Speak of Common Places: The Past, Present, and Future of Oregon's Public Lands will narrate the history of Oregon's public lands, focusing on the Harney Valley, the Wallowas, Cannon Beach, and the Siskiyou area. Oregon's public lands, of course, were once the homelands of Indigenous peoples, which is an important aspect of the story we will tell. We'll also explore what Oregonians really think about the public lands, based on oral history interviews with land users such as ranchers and loggers, land managers, environmental activists, Indigenous peoples, and much more. We are particularly interested in the history of collaborations between land users, land managers, and environmentalists to foster good stewardship, and we will share what we have learned about Oregonians' hopes for the future of the public lands. This research has been funded by the UO Vice President for Research and Innovation, the American Council of Learned Societies, and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, all in collaboration with the Center for Environmental Futures.
In a series of related essays, Ecotopia Rising will explore the relationships between the 1960s-1970s countercultural movement and environmentalism, including Earth Art, Mother Earth News, the Hoedads reforestation cooperative, the food coop movement, and the natural home. The Charles Redd Center for Western Studies and the Southwest and Border Cultures Institute at New Mexico State University have supported this work. I have collaborated in this research with former students Karyn Almeida and Jarma Jones Vorhauer. Click here for more details.