I use this website as a means to share my life as a professional geographer. Geographers perform many different jobs, including earth scientists, mapmakers, social scientists, and philosophers of nature and space. My work interprets the landscapes we live in from a humanistic perspective. When done well, geographers who work in this vein enchant the world with meaning and purpose. Geography is both an interpretive tool and a means of being in the world.
My research takes place at the Spatial History Laboratory, where, in the autumn of 2015 I am finalizing two major works. The first is a book titled A Geography of Digestion: Biotechnology and the Kellogg Cereal Enterprise (University of California Press). The second is the pilot publication in Stanford University Press's digital monograph publishing initiative, a work titled Enchanting the Desert: A Pattern Language for the Production of Space. For this latter project, I have digitized and augmented an early-twentieth-century narrated photographic slideshow of the Grand Canyon. Each of these works will be available by the spring of 2016.
I hold a Ph.D. in Geography from UCLA, where I specialized in cultural and historical geography.
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This site was last updated in September 2015