- University of Rochester, Ph.D. in History, 2000
- University of Delaware, M.A. in History, 1991
- George Washington University, B.A. in Philosophy, 1983
Research in Progress
Book: The Appropriate Technology Movement in American Political Culture
, under contract with the University of Pennsylvania Press.
- “Greening ‘Fort Apache’: Appropriate Technology as Environmental Justice in the South Bronx.”
- “The Gods Must Be Crazy: Space Colonization, the Whole Earth Catalog, and the Roots of the American Appropriate Technology Movement.”
- "Local Food and the Problem of Public Authority," Technology & Culture 50, no. 2 (April 2009): 399-417.
- "The Appropriate Technology Movement," in the Encyclopedia of American Social Movements, edited by Immanuel Ness (Armonk, NY: M.E. Sharpe, 2004), 1317-22.
- "Modernization," in A Companion to American Thought, edited by Richard Fox and James Kloppenberg (Oxford UK & Cambridge, Massachusetts: Blackwell, 1995), 462-64.
- "Art and Social Change: The Aesthetic Theory of Theodor Adorno and John Dewey," Research & Society 6 (1993): 26-53.
Awards, Grants & Fellowships
- National Science Foundation: Scholars Award, 2008-09
- Presidential Summer Fellowship, SUNY-Geneseo, 2005
- Goff Fellowship, Newell D. Goff Institute of the Rhode Island Historical Society, 2003
- Dissertation Fellowship in the Humanities, University of Rochester, 1998
- Charlotte W. Newcombe Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship, Woodrow Wilson Foundation, 1997
- National Science Foundation: Doctoral Dissertation Grant, Ethics and Values Studies, 1996
- Rush Rhees Fellowship, University of Rochester, 1995
Courses Regularly Taught
- American Studies 201: American Garden
- History 391: The Politics of Food in Modern America (Senior Seminar)
- History 369: Environmental Thought & Politics in Modern America
- History 221: Technology & the Environment in Modern America
- History 220: Food & Power in Modern America
- History 220: Technology, Culture, & Politics in Modern America
- History 204: Post-1945 U.S. History
- History 155: Power & Politics in Modern America
- History 151: U.S. History, 1865-Present
Honors Theses Directed
- Michelle Fevola, "The Dirty Truth: New York's Ineffective Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations Policy" (2010)
- Ben Wickizer, "Post-1970s Reform of the Bureau of Reclamation—Real or Superficial? A Case Study of the Klamath Reclamation Project" (2010)
- Stephen Seefried, "Kick Ash!: A History of the Incinerator Ash Dump ‘NIMBYs’ in the Genesee Valley, 1987-1995" (2008)
- Marc Hudson, “The Cuyahoga River Fire: The Making of an Environmental Icon” (2008)
- Mathew Lapennas, “Contested Ground: Redefining Efficiency in the Debate between Industrial and Sustainable Agriculture Advocates” (2007)
- Daniel Moran, “Neo-Agrarianism and the Dilemma of Human-Land Relations” (2007)
- Katelyn Holloway, "'General Pollution': Government Business, the Media, and the Hudson River Environment" (2006)
- Craig Truglia, “Progressivism and Social Control During World War I” (2005)
- Timothy Nicholson, "Appropriate Technology in U.S. Foreign Policy" (2004)