This Radical Land: A Natural History of American Dissent. Forthcoming from University of Chicago Press, March, 2018.


A debut book that ranges across disciplines and decades to connect the natural environment—especially long-lived trees—to a scathing critique of American-style capitalism. Alternating abstract theory with impressive research, both bolstered by extensive sources . . . the author builds his case about understanding American history by examining destruction of the environment through essays grounded in the 19th century…. He offers an eclectic education often marked by soaring prose.

        -Kirkus Reviews


“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, March, 2018.

A Future Just, Green and Free, Under a Tree Named Karl Marx,” Aeon (March, 2018).

A Map of Radical Bewilderment: On the Liberation Cartography of Henry David Thoreau.” Places (March, 2018).

“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.


Reading to Children to Save Ourselves,Public Books (March, 2018).

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

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


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.