Drawing on environmental history, critical theory, and settler colonialism, my dissertation seeks to re-narrate the 'bringing-to-endangerment' of the coast redwood tree of northwestern California. I consider the intertwined relations between the settler-colonial property regimes and the early use of scientific forestry (or silviculture), which I conceptualize as endemic of capital's inherent exterminism. I think of this work as part of the developing area of critical extinction studies, or analysis of the extinction paths that species take as if social systems (think: the 'isms') actually matter.
Teaching is my political practice, as well as my love. I believe that another 'end of the world' is possible through radical pedagogies of solidarity, empathy, and action toward challenging the popular historical record.
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 soon Historical Materialism. I am also a reviewer for the journal Global Policy and Technics and Civilization. I have recently become a strong supporter of open-access journals, and will be publishing the articles derived from my dissertation in exclusively in open-access journals as well.
I am current teaching full time at the International School of Budapest, where I am both the Grade 8 homeroom teacher in social studies and the IB Geography instructor. I am also the adviser for the school's new Student Council. Part time I also teach Political Science and Communications at McDaniel College, Budapest. Previously I was Associate Faculty of History and Sociology at Skagit Valley College.
When not teaching and writing, I am playing trombone, wooden folk flutes, and the zurna. I currently have a new group based out of Budapest called Diffraction, which will be touring Eastern and Central Europe over the Spring and Summer. We play creative improvised music.