My Story


Specializing in environmental history, my work and teaching focuses on tourism, outdoor recreation, and public lands. Winner of the International Ski History Association’s Ullr Award and named a finalist Western Writers of America Spur Award, my first book, Colorado Powder Keg: Ski Resorts and the Environmental Movement, traces the evolution of the ski industry Colorado. 

Over the past several years I have been awarded the inaugural Grey Towers Scholar-in-Residence Fellowship and received a Huntington Library E. Peter Mauk, Jr./Doyce B. Nunis Jr. Fellowship. 

I am currently writing my second book, a history of tourism in Yosemite National Park. A deep history of place, the book explores how visitors have come to understand the incomparable park and how that understanding has shaped Yosemite’s human history.