Department: History & Philosophy
University System: Montana State University - Bozeman
I am a historian of modern Europe specializing in the cultural history of science and environments. My new research project explores the history of the Mistral, a powerful wind that blows through the southern French region of Provence. In writing the history of the wind, I have turned to a number of creative and unconventional archives, including impressionist paintings, compass roses, novels, poetry, as well as scientific records. My recent and forthcoming publications have appeared in the journals "Environmental History" and "Imago Mundi." My first book, "Cartophilia: Maps and the Search for Identity in the French-German Borderland" (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2015), explores the interweaving histories of cartography, geography, and cultural identity in the disputed European border territory of Alsace-Lorraine. I frequently work across disciplines-- history, art history, geography, and computer science-- to conduct my research and engage students.