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University of Denver
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Geography, maps, historic maps, American history, United States history, political history, cultural history, intellectual history, history of the presidency, Civil War history
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About Me

I am a broadly educated historian of the United States. I have written extensively on the history of American culture and politics, and have a special interest in historic maps. My newest project, A History of America in 100 Maps, explores the relationship of history and geography from the voyages of discovery to the present day. I teach courses in the American Civil War and Reconstruction, war and the presidency, American thought and culture, the Gilded Age and Progressive Era, the Great Depression, and the Cold War. I have held fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Henry Huntington Library.

From 2010-2014 I contributed fourteen articles to the “Disunion” series at the New York Times, commemorating the sesquicentennial of the American Civil War.

You can learn more about my work here and here.

Recent Publications

A History of America in 100 Maps (University of Chicago Press and British Library Press, 2018)

Constructing the American Past: a sourcebook of a people’s history (Oxford University Press, 2018)

Mapping the Nation: History and Cartography in Nineteenth-Century America (University of Chicago Press, 2012)

The Geographical Imagination in America, 1880-1950 (University of Chicago Press, 2001)

“Map Drawing, Graphic Liberacy, and Pedagogy in the Early Republic” History of Education Quarterly (2017)

“The Civil War and the Origins of the Colorado Territory,” Western Historical Quarterly (2013)

“Emma Willard and the Graphic Foundations of American History,” Journal of Historical Geography 33 (2007)

Media Coverage
My work has appeared in The New York Times, The Economist/Intelligent Life, The New Republic, Fast Company, and several academic journals, including Civil War History, History of Education Quarterly, and the Western Historical Quarterly.
Country Focus
United States/America
Expertise by Geography
North America, United States
Expertise by Chronology
18th century, 19th century, 20th century
Expertise by Topic
American Civil War, American Presidents, Emancipation, Higher Ed, Libraries & Archives, Politics, Slavery, World War I, World War II