My Story

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I am an assistant professor of history and current Provost’s Administrative Fellow in Sustainability at the University of Northern Iowa, where I specialize in environmental history, sustainability studies, and environmental education. I teach a wide range of courses, including on global environmental history, climate change, and the history of outdoor recreation. My latest book, Colorado Powder Keg: Ski Resorts and the Environmental Movement, was awarded f the International Ski History Association Ullr Award for single outstanding contribution to the historical record in book form and named a finalist Western Writers of America Spur Award for Best Western Nonfiction Contemporary book.

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. 

As UNI’s  Sustainability Fellow, I am help spearhead efforts to include concepts of sustainability and environmental thinking across the university’s curriculum. In its initial stages, this interdisciplinary approach includes multiple faculty from across campus and seeks to build a vibrant campus community that is economically sound, environmentally responsible, and socially just.