Drawing on the environmental history of capitalism, the production of space, and settler-colonial studies, my dissertation outlines the 'bringing-to-endangerment' of the coast redwood tree, Sequoia sempervirens, of northwestern California. I consider the intertwined relations between settler-colonial property regimes and the early use of scientific forestry (or silviculture) under capitalism as systemic extermination. My work essentially challenges the notion that we are entering the so-called sixth mass extinction, instead arguing that we are witnessing the maturation of the Long Extermination, which began roughly at the tail end of the 17th century.
In April of 2019, my family and I moved to Budapest, Hungary, where I accepted a full-time position as the High School /IB Geography Teacher and College Counselor at the International School of Budapest, I am also an Instructor in the Political Science and Communications Departments at McDaniel College Budapest.
Some of my past work can be found in the journals Telos, the AAG Review of Books, Capitalism Nature Socialism, and Historical Materialism. I am also a reviewer for the journal Global Policy and Technics and Civilization.
I graduated with my PhD in June of 2021. When not teaching and writing, I am playing trombone, wooden folk flutes, and the zurna. In addition to musical pursuits, I have begun returned to my earlier love of fiction writing and hope to complete my first novel, tentatively entitled The instructions, sometime in 2022.