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Hunter College of the City University of New York
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Early Republic: medicine, botany, natural history, New York City, environmental history, civil society
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About Me

I am an Associate Professor of Urban Policy and Planning at Hunter College (City University of New York), where I teach on nonprofits, arts management, and the history of New York City.  I earned my undergraduate degree in philosophy from Yale University (1991) and my PhD in sociology from Columbia University (2002).  Before joining Hunter College in 2015, I taught at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor for thirteen years on philanthropy and nonprofits.  In the 2015-2016 academic year, I was a Fellow at the Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers at the New York Public Library, and in the summer of 2016 I was a Mellon Visiting Scholar at The New York Botanical Garden’s Humanities Institute.

Recent Publications

American Eden: David Hosack, Botany, and Medicine in the Garden of the Early Republic (Liveright, a division of W. W. Norton, 2018)

Finalist for the National Book Award in Nonfiction

One of Amazon’s Best History Books of 2018

One of the New York Times’ 100 Notable Books of 2018


Media Coverage
New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Financial Times, Weekly Standard, Nature, Scientific American, Popular Science, Lapham's Quarterly
Country Focus
United States, England, Scotland, France
Expertise by Geography
British Isles, England, France, United States
Expertise by Chronology
18th century, 19th century
Expertise by Topic
American Founding Era, Environment, Medicine, Museums, Science, Urban History