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University of Pennsylvania
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Equines, infrastructures, envirotech
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About Me

I study the interaction of environments and technologies, in particular work animals and infrastructures.  I am interested in how things are maintained, and am concerned with issues of energy, work and justice.  My current project is an environmental history of the Erie Canal, focusing on the social, political and material factors that maintained the Canal system in the 19th and early 20th century.  Planned projects include studying Adirondack Park infrastructures.


Recent Publications

Selected work:

Horses At Work: Harnessing Power in Industrial America (Harvard University Press, 2008). Winner of 2009 Pioneer America Society Fred B. Kniffen Award for best book.  See New York Times Book Review, 30 November 2008

“Wolves in the Wissahickon: Deer, Humans and the Problem of Ecology in an Urban Park” in Nature’s Entrepot.  Edited by Brian Black and Michael Chiarrupa (University of Pittsburgh, 2012)

‘The Now-Opprobrious Title of “Horse Doctor”: Veterinarians and Professional Identity in Nineteenth Century America,’ in Healing the Herds: Disease, Livestock Economies, and the Globalization of Veterinary Medicine. Edited by Karen Brown and Daniel Gilfoyle (Ohio University Press, 2010)

“War Horses: Equine Technology in the Civil War,” in Industrializing Organisms: Introducing Evolutionary History.  Edited by Susan Schrepfer and Philip Scranton.  (Routledge Press, 2004)

Media Coverage
Country Focus
United States
Expertise by Geography
United States
Expertise by Chronology
19th century
Expertise by Topic
Environment, Technology