- Professor, History
- U.S. Environmental and Cultural History; Urban History
- Ph.D. University of Wisconsin Ð Madison
- The Nature of Tomorrow: A History of the Environmental Future (Yale, 2021).
- Eden on the Charles: The Making of Boston (Harvard, 2010) (Finalist for the 2011 Pulitzer Prize for History)
Selected Articles, Book Chapters, and Review Essays
"Discovering the Final Frontier: The Seventeenth-Century Encounter with the Lunar Environment," Environmental History 20, no. 2 (April 2015): 194-216.
“Creating the Urban Hydraulic Machine: Water, Technology, and the Building of Boston,” in Terje Tvedt and Terje Oestigaard, eds., Water and Urbanization, A History of Water, Series 3, Vol. 1 (London: I. B. Tauris, 2014), 410-430.
“The March of Bricks and Mortar” (invited essay), Environmental History 17, no. 4, October 2012.
“Rethinking Conservation: The Nineteenth-Century Battle to Save Boston Harbor,” in Richard Judd and Blake Harrison, eds., A Landscape History of New England (Cambridge: MIT Press, 2011).
“A Horse Is a Horse, of Course, but Also Much More: Recovering the Animal Contribution to the Urbanization and Industrialization of America,” review essay in Journal of Urban History 37, no. 4 (July 2011): 614-618.