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BiographyA sixth-generation Californian, I traveled "back East" for a B.A. in History at the Colorado College, then went on to earn a Ph.D in early American History at the University of Maryland. Before coming to Tufts I taught at a variety of institutions, including SUNY Plattsburgh, Washington College, and Tübingen University.
One of the great things about being a professor at Tufts is the potential for integrating scholarship and teaching. In both endeavors I aim to break down the barriers between what are often treated as separate subjects: between American history and Native American history, between colonial American and "prehistory," between the national histories of what are today the United States, Mexico, and Canada, and above all between History and neighboring disciplines. I'm currently developing a new course on global environmental history while writing a big-picture book about Native American environmental history from Oaxaca to the Arctic and from the first human habitation of North America to the present, while also penning a reappraisal of England's first permanent American colony (entitled Founding Massacres: Violence, Ambition, and the Birth of Virginia) that pairs well with my courses on early American, Atlantic World, and Native American topics.
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