I’ve written a number of commentaries and features related to history. Some of this derives directly from archival research and academic scholarship, and some of it comes from broader interests. These pieces generally seek to tell stories or explain people and events. I’m grateful for the opportunity to explore these topics with a public audience outside the classroom and an university libraries.


“Fighting Kennecott from the Supervisor’s Office: Harold Chriswell, the Wilderness Act, and Independence in the North Cascades,” Forest History Today (Spring/Fall 2020): 26-33.

“An Evolving Idea: Perils and Promise of the Federal Landscape,” Desert Report, September 2020, 8-11. 21.

“The Man Who Tried to Claim the Grand Canyon,” JSTOR Daily, July 31, 2019.

“America’s National Parks Were Never Wild and Untouched: Montana’s Emblematic Glacier National Park Reveals the Impact of Human History and Culture,” Zócalo Public Square, June 11, 2018.

“Public Lands, Private Profit,” OUP Blog, October 29th, 2017.

“Why Sheep Started So Many Wars in the American West,” Zócalo Public Square, October 5, 2017.

“In Latest Skirmish of Western Land Wars, Congress Supports Mining and Ranching,” The Conversation, February 20, 2017.

Bridging the Past, Present, and Future: Commemorating 25 Years of the Idaho Heritage Trust. Boise: Idaho Heritage Trust, 2016. (I wrote eleven short essays to contextualize the work in heritage preservation commemorated in this beautifully illustrated book, available here, from the Idaho Heritage Trust.)

“Traveling Ecologist Rexford F. Daubenmire,” Washington State University Magazine 14, no. 4 (Fall 2015): 19.

“Law and Nature: The Famed Dissent of Justice William O. Douglas.” High Country News 47, no. 1 (January 19, 2015): 6-7.