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 the 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 we first met in 2001. I accepted a full-time position teaching Social Studies (History, Geography, and Global Perspectives) at the International School of Budapest, where we focus heavily on preparing students for an increasingly unpredictable and climate-changed world, through special emphasis on the 'soft skills' of critical thinking and creative problem solving.
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.
When not teaching and writing, I am playing trombone, wooden folk flutes, and the zurna. In addition to musical pursuits, I have begun to enter the world of podcasting.