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University of South Florida, St. Petersburg
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environmental history, southern history, Civil War History, Reconstruction, emancipation, agricultural history, environmental racism, animals, disease, slavery, comparative post-emancipation agriculture
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About Me

I’m an environmental historian whose work examines the intersection of environment, race, and economic inequality in the 19th-century U.S. South. I’m particularly interested in the entanglement of war, social change, ecology, and racial control during the Civil War era. My latest book, Unredeemed Land (Oxford 2018), is an environmental history of Reconstruction in the rural South, and future work will look at the role of industrial pollution in racializing urban geographies in the New South. I’m the co-editor of the Environmental History and the American South book series at the University of Georgia Press, and the Book Review Editor for Agricultural History. 

Recent Publications

Unredeemed Land: An Environmental History of Civil War and Emancipation in the Cotton South, Oxford University Press, 2018

“Freedom, Economic Autonomy, and Ecological Change in the Cotton South, 1865-1880,” The Journal of the Civil War Era 7, no. 3 (2017): pp. 401-424

“The Stockman’s War: Hog Cholera in Nineteenth-Century Alabama,” The Alabama Review 70, no. 2, Special Issue: The Environment (2017): pp. 126-140

Co-Editor, Companion to Global Environmental History, Wiley-Blackwell Press (2012)

Media Coverage
Country Focus
Expertise by Geography
Atlantic, United States
Expertise by Chronology
19th century
Expertise by Topic
American Civil War, Emancipation, Environment, Food History, Rural & Agrarian History