I am currently Professor of History and John C. Elder Professor in Environmental Studies at Middlebury College, where I teach history and environmental studies . My areas of interest include the American West, particularly the environmental history of extractive labor like mining and farming. I also study and teach U.S. conservation and environmental movements broadly defined. I’m working to expand my expertise and facility in digital and data methodologies for humanistic inquiry. I am currently working on a digital history of Farm Security Administration Rural Rehabilitation programs in the rural South and West in the late 1930s. The fifteen images rotating in the header of this website, with the exception of Dorothea Lange’s March 1936 “Destitute pea pickers,” otherwise known as “Migrant Mother,” portray members of client families who, working with FSA home and farm supervisors, grew and preserved garden and farm produce for their families as part of rural rehabilitation loan programs. They are part of my current work in progress, “After Migrant Mother.”
My dog, Stryder, came home in March 2020 during the COVID-19 pandemic. As you can see, he spent The COVID Year getting bigger, and bigger.
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