“On Possibility; or, The Monkey Wrench” in Future Remains: A Cabinet of Curiosities for the Anthropocene, edited by Gregg Mitman, Robert Emmett, and Marco Armiero. Forthcoming from University of Chicago Press, February, 2018.

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“Notes from the Enemy's Camp: On John D'Agata's New History of the Essay.” 3:AM Magazine (October, 2016).

“On Care in Dark Times.” Edge Effects (April 12, 2016).

“Distortion is the Sound of Life Uncontained.” The Hypocrite Reader 53 (June, 2015).

“A Letter to my Son as he Nears his Second Birthday.” Stone Canoe 8 (January, 2014).

Biographies of Henry David Thoreau, Abraham Lincoln, and John Brown for “Americans Who Tell the Truth,” an educational platform/organization built around artist Robert Shetterly´s portraits of historical and contemporary Americans.


Elm Street, USA.” Review of Jill Jonnes’s Urban Forests: A Natural History of Trees and People in the American Cityscape. In Nature, Plants 4,1 (January, 2018).

“11 Books and their 11 Spectacular Trees,” Electric Literature (January, 2018).

“Wild Thing: A New Biography of Thoreau.” Review of Laura Dassow Walls’s Henry David Thoreau: A Life. In The Los Angeles Review of Books (July, 2017).

“The Slide Rule and the Crowbar: Henry David Thoreau in the Anthropocene.” Review of Robert M. Thorson’s The Boatman: Henry David Thoreau’s River Years. In The Los Angeles Review of Books (April, 2017).

Kathryn Cornell Dolan, Beyond the Fruited Plain: Food and Agriculture in US Literature, 1850-1905Agricultural History 89, 4 (Fall, 2015).


“Reading Tree in Nature's Nation: Toward a Field Guide to Sylvan Literacy in the Nineteenth-Century United States.” The American Historical Review 121, 4 (2016): 1114-1140

“At Home in the Great Northern Wilderness: African Americans and Freedom’s Ecology in the Adirondacks, 1846-1859.” Environmental Humanities 2 (2013): 117-146.

Introduction to “Why We Write: A History Slam,” a bundled series of four essays that I collected and edited, and to which I contributed. Rethinking History 16, 1 (2012): 121-124.

“Drifting,” in “Why We Write,” Rethinking History 16, 1 (2012): 140-145.


The Trump Diaries: A People's History of the Forty-Fifth Presidency, advisor.

The Wild Bunch: An Interview with Curt Meine and Gavin Van Horn.” Edge Effects (August, 2017).


The Monkey Wrench. Part of the “Anthropocene Cabinet of Curiosities” international exhibit hosted by the Deutsches Museum, Munich, Germany. February 2015-January 2016.

The “Anthropocene Cabinet of Curiosities” is an international collaboration between the University of Wisconsin-Madison's Center for Culture, History, and Environment; Ludwig Maximilian University's Rachel Carson Center in Munich, Germany; and the Royal Institute of Technology's Humanities Lab in Stockholm, Sweden.

The inaugural event was “The Anthropocene Slam: A Cabinet of Curiosities,” hosted by UW-Madison in the Fall of 2014, and here you can read my pitch for the monkey wrench.