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Virginia Tech
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urban environment, senses, smell, history of science, history of medicine, public health, built environment, United States, 19th century
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About Me

I am a historian of the nineteenth-century United States, with a focus on urban environmental change. My interests include culture, environments, cities, health, science, and smells. Lots of smells.

My book, Smell Detectives: An Olfactory History of Nineteenth-Century Urban America, uncovers how city residents used their noses to understand, adjust to, and fight against the environmental changes created by rapid urban growth and industrialization.

Recent Publications

Smell Detectives: An Olfactory History of Nineteenth-Century Urban America (Seattle: University of Washington Press, 2017)

Co-authored with Kristoffer Whitney, “Introduction: Counting on Nature,” Science as Culture 26, no. 1 (2017): 1-10.

Preserving the Unpleasant: Sources, Methods, and Conjectures for Odors at Historic Sites,” Future Anterior 13, no. 2 (Winter 2016): 22-31.

Navigating by Nose: Stench Nuisance and the Urban Environment, 1840-1880,” Journal of Urban History 42, no. 4 (2016): 753-771.

The Smell Detectives,” Chemical Heritage 29, no. 2 (Summer 2011): 32-36.

Media Coverage
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United States
Expertise by Geography
United States
Expertise by Chronology
19th century
Expertise by Topic
Environment, Medicine, Science, Urban History