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Northland College (Ashland, WI)
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19th century United States, agriculture, botany, environment, wine, food, orchids
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About Me

My research interests, beyond U.S. environmental, agricultural, and wine history in general, include Victorian material culture and deathways, 19th century botanical gardens, and the history and politics of orchid growing and community gardening. I am at work on two book-length projects, both focused on 19th century U.S. botany.


Recent Publications
  • Chapter in anthology: “Alcohol,” published in The Routledge History of American Foodways, eds. Jennifer Jensen Wallach and Michael T. Wise (Routledge, March 2016).
  • Monograph: Empire of Vines: Wine Culture in America, University of Pennsylvania Press (December 2013).
  • Article: Fretting Over Federalism: Reexamining Allegorical Indian Architecture in William Bartram’s Travels. ISLE 20:1 (Winter 2013), 85-111.
  • Article: Cultivation and Control: Grape Growing as Expansion in Nineteenth-Century United States and Australia. Comparative American Studies 8:4 (December 2010), 280-96.
  • Article: A Fortune in Fruit: Nicholas Longworth and Grape Speculation in Antebellum Ohio, American Studies 51:1/2,(Spring/Summer 2010): 89-108.


Media Coverage
NPR; WPR; National Public Television
Country Focus
United States
Expertise by Geography
United States
Expertise by Chronology
Expertise by Topic
Colonialism, Environment, Food History, Rural & Agrarian History, Science