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

My research interest is primarily 18th and 19th century horticultural history. I also practice U.S. environmental, agricultural, and wine history in general, Victorian material culture, 19th century botany and botanical gardens, and the history and politics of orchid growing.

Recent Publications
  • Book: Orchid Muse: A History of Obsession in Fifteen Flowers (Represented by Mullane Literary Agency, published by W.W. Norton & Company, December 2022)
  • Article: “Vitis, Wine, and Medicine: The Other Careers of George Engelman (1809-1884)” Annals of the Missouri Botanical Garden 108 (2023), 465-478.
  • Chapter in anthology: “Alcohol,” published in The Routledge History of American Foodways, eds. Jennifer Jensen Wallach and Michael T. Wise (Routledge, March 2016).
  • Book: 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; Prospect magazine; Wall Street Journal; Literary Hub; Campaign for the American Reader; WORT Madison, WI; Women Writers, Women's Books
Country Focus
United States
Expertise by Geography
United States
Expertise by Chronology
18th century, 19th century
Expertise by Topic
Art & Architectural History, Colonialism, Environment, Food History, Material Culture, Rural & Agrarian History, Science