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 addition to numerous writing projects, I am digitizing and augmenting an early-twentieth-century narrated photographic slideshow of the Grand Canyon.
I hold a doctoral degree in Geography from UCLA, where I specialized in cultural and historical geography.
** Current News **
- My latest article - A Scapelore Manifesto: Creative geographical practice in a mythless age - has been selected to appear in the inaugural issue of the journal GeoHumanities (Routledge).
- 2015 has so far been exciting for my project Enchanting the Desert. Stanford University Press announced in January that Enchanting is the pilot project for its new digital publishing initiative. You can read about the Press’s initiative in a series of blog posts on their website HERE (including one by yours truly), and check out a story on the Mellon Foundation grant that is funding the initiative HERE. The news has taken the Digital Humanities Twitter-sphere by storm, and I'll be thrilled to publicly unveil the project in 2015.
This site was last updated in July 2015.