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Full version of my CV available for download here.


Assistant Professor of History, Colorado College, August 2016-present.

Visiting Assistant Professor of Environmental Humanities, Environmental Studies, Davidson College, 2015- 2016.


Ph.D., History, Cornell University,  May 2015.
Dissertation: “From the Field: Nature and Work on American Frontiers, 1876-1909”
Committee: Aaron Sachs (chair), Sara Pritchard, Eric Tagliacozzo

Fields: American history, environmental and cultural (Aaron Sachs); history of technology (Sara Pritchard); modern Southeast Asian history (Eric Tagliacozzo)

M.A., History, Cornell University, August 2011.
B.A., History, with distinction, Yale University, May 2004.

PUBLICATIONS (see writing section of this site)
“More than birds: loss and reconnection at the national museum of natural history,” Museum History Journal, 10:1 (2017), pp. 83-96.

“Museums” in A Companion to the History of American Science, Mark Largent and Georgina Montgomery, eds. Malden, MA: Blackwell, 2015.

“From the Aviary: Haliaeetus leucocephalus,” The Appendix 1:2 (April 2013), 64-66.

There is a Witchery in Kodakery…,” Rethinking History: The Journal of Theory and Practice,    16:1 (March 2012), 125-129.


Colorado College Social Sciences Executive Committee Research Grant (2017, 2018, 2019)
Colorado College Mrachek Fellowship (2018)
Colorado College Southwest Studies Jackson Fellowship (2018)
Colorado College NEH Summer Stipend Nominee (2018, 2019)
First Year Experience Critical Inquiry Grant Recipient (2017)
Mellon Visual Cultures Faculty Learning Community Participant (2017)
Messenger Chalmers Dissertation Prize (2015)
Buttrick-Crippen Fellowship  (2013-2014)
Michael and Carol Kammen Fellowship (2013)
History of Science Society Conference Travel Grant (2013)
Pacific Coast Branch of the AHA Conference Travel Grant (2013)
Cornell University Society for the Humanities Sustainability Research Grant (2012)
Gates Research Travel Grant (2012)
Newberry Consortium on American Indian Studies Graduate Student Fellowship (2012)
LaFeber Research Fund Award (2011)
Silbey Fellowship Fund (2010)
Princeton-in-Asia Fellow (Lao PDR) (2005)
Yale Environmental Studies Summer Fellowship (2003)

TEACHING (see teaching section of this site for courses and link to teaching site)

PUBLIC AND DIGITAL HISTORY PROJECTS (see projects section of this site)
Co-Founder and Editor, Backlist
An online publication that connects general readers interested in history with book lists and short essays by historians organized around big themes and questions. See Amy Kohout, “Histories of American National Parks,” published August 2016 on Backlist. Site launched December 2015.

Editor, The Appendix
The Appendix is a journal of narrative and experimental history that published 8 issues over two years. Worked with 3-6 contributors per issue on their pieces, from pitch to final text. 2013-2015.

Linking Sources and Specimens, History and Science: Dr. Mearns’s Birds
A collaborative outreach-oriented project with the Division of Birds at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History. Co-wrote grant, conducted research, and wrote content for a website that links individual bird specimens with the narratives of their collection. Wrote an additional grant proposal and received funding from the Coypu Foundation to extend the site. Project completed spring 2015.

Chapter Editor and Contributor, The American Yawp
The American Yawp is a free, online American history textbook. Wrote content on the Philippine-American War and Progressive Era environmentalism, and worked with a co-editor to combine author contributions into a chapter on American empire. 2013-2015.

“American Soldiers and the Production of Scientific Knowledge in the Philippines,” History of Science Society annual meeting, November 2017.

Plenary Panelist and Workshop Facilitator, “A Cornell Conference on Creative Academic Writing: Exploring the Relationship between Artful Prose and Scholarly Production,” Cornell University, May 2017.

Invited Guest Lecturer, Tulane University, HIS2910, “History of Frontiers: From Jungles to Space,” Prof. Felipe Cruz, April 5-7, 2017.

Panelist, “The Pedagogy of Hope: Teaching Hope in the Environmental Classroom,” American Society of Environmental History conference, March 2017.

Chair, “Connecting Histories: Exploring The Relationships Between Natural History and Environmental History Across Space and Time,” American Society of Environmental History conference, March 2017.

Invited speaker, “Dismantling White-Washed Historical Narratives of the Pikes Peak Region,” Conversations on Whiteness Student Group at Colorado College, December 2016.

Co-organizer and Panelist, “Environmental History: (in) the Context of Environmental Studies?” American Society of Environmental History conference, April 2016.

“Partly Settled Colonialism? The Place of Soldiers on American Frontiers,” participant in Settler Colonialism and Territorial Expansion, a seminar at C19: The Society of Nineteenth-Century Americanists conference, March 2016.

Invited participant, Duke University History Slam, December 2015.

“‘Specimens’ at San Carlos: Linking Natural History and Military Work in Arizona Territory,” Western History Association conference, October 2015.

“More than Birds: Collection Narratives and Cultural History at NMNH,” Lost Museums: A Symposium on the Ephemerality & Afterlife of Museums, Brown University, May 2015.

“Pacific Crossings: Specimens Between the (Battle?) Field and the Museum,” American Society of Environmental History conference, March 2015.

“Nuclear America,” Guest lecture in United States Since 1865, Ithaca College, October 2014.

“Cleared, Collected, and Displayed at the World’s Fair: The Trees of Forest Park, 1904,” American Society of Environmental History conference, March 2014.

“Working Vacations: Dr. Mearns and the Museum,” History of Science Society, November 2013.

“Summiting Mt. Malindang: Linking Military and Scientific Work in the Philippines,” North American Labor History Conference, October 2013.

“Life’s Work: The Specimen Collecting of Dr. Edgar Mearns,” Pacific Coast Branch of the American Historical Association conference, August 2013.

Manuscript Reviewer
Environmental History
Journal of American Studies
Journal of Gilded Age and Progressive Era History

Coordinator, Historians Are Writers! (HAW!) Reading Group
An interdisciplinary reading group at Cornell focused on the writing of history. HAW! reads widely (experimental history, fiction, memoir, you-name-it), and hosts writing workshops and an annual History Slam. Coordinator, 2012-2014. Co-coordinator 2011. Member 2008-2015.

Chapter Editor and Contributor, The American Yawp
The American Yawp is a free, online American history textbook. Wrote content on the Philippine-American War and Progressive Era environmentalism, and worked with a co-editor to combine author contributions into a chapter on American empire. 2013-2015.

Founding Member and Co-Coordinator, CREST Reading Group
The Cornell Roundtable on Environmental Studies (CREST) Reading Group is an interdisciplinary environmental reading group comprised of faculty and graduate students from the natural and social sciences and the humanities that organizes panels, invites speakers, and meets monthly to discuss a wide range of environmental issues and texts. 2010-2015.

Founding Board Member, Friends of the Yale Women’s Rugby Football Club
Worked to build a community of Yale women’s rugby alumnae. Formed a partnership with men’s program to fundraise for a joint, gender-blind rugby endowment at Yale. 2010-2015.

American Historical Association
American Society of Environmental History
Western History Association
Western Association of Women Historians
History of Science Society
C19: The Society of Nineteenth-Century Americanists

George F. Melville, Panorama of the World’s Fair, St. Louis, 1904 showing every building of the exposition numbered and named. Oak Park, Ill.: Geo. W. Melville, eng’r & pub., c1904 March 5. Library of Congress, Photographs and Prints Division.