I specialize in research on 18th-century natural history collections and collectors, as well as the intersections between natural history and anthropology. I am especially interested in how recontextualizing historical narratives and reintegrating indigenous perspectives might yield a more wholistic understanding of human and “natural” landscapes.
I am senior acquiring editor in the fields of Native American and Indigenous Studies, Cultural Anthropology and Ethnography, History of Anthropology, Non-fiction of the American West, and Literary Memoir of the American West. I conceived the major, social science documentary project, The Franz Boas Papers: Documentary Edition (25 vols.) with my colleagues at University of Nebraska Press, Regna Darnell of University of Western Ontario, and Martin Levitt of American Philosophical Society, funded by $2.5 million CAD from the Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada. I am an American and European historian (PhD, Temple University, 1999) in intellectual, social, and cultural history of the 19th and 20th Century that writes about urban history, architecture and urban planning, historical memory, anthropological race theory, history of science, intellectuals and war, and California and US Southwest history. My work has been published in scholarly journals such as the Journal of the American Planning Association, Reviews in American History, AHA Perspectives, and the New Mexico Historical Review. I am author of The San Diego World’s Fairs and Southwestern Memory, 1880-1940 (University of New Mexico Press, 2005), a finalist for the San Diego Book Award. My reviews have been published in American Historical Review, Journal of American History, Journal of Religion, Journal of American Ethnic History, Pacific Historical Review, Western American Literature, Western Historical Quarterly, and New Mexico Historical Review. I am currently working on a new book, entitled “Manic-Depressive Illness: An Intellectual History of Bipolar Disorder from Hippocrates to Biological Psychiatry.” I play lead guitar in Red Cities (Lincoln, NE), a garage punk band on Modern Peasant Records. The Big Takeover Magazine said: “On breakneck blasters like ‘Worker Song’ and ‘Come Now Baby,’ Red Cities’ unashamedly summon slashing ‘Search and Destroy’ simulating riffs – tension-building, jet engine-explosive punk that exhilarates.” I am also a producer for Modern Peasant Records, having sponsored The Sinners’ Drunk on the Lord’s Day (MPR-013) and John Wayne’s Bitches’ Bitched Out (MPR-011). I blog about the history of punk rock, hardcore, and indy rock at the music podcast Doc Rockavoy’s Indy Music Garage.
Literary criticism, critical theory, American literature, American studies, cultural studies, history of ideas, anthropology
I’m an archaeologist whose research focuses on human play as a tool for interaction across social boundaries. I’ve focused mainly on the board games of the Eastern Mediterranean, from 3000 BCE through the seventh century CE.
medieval literature and culture, Puritan seventeenth century literature and culture, history, medieval and early modern English, literature and religion, literature and law, anthropology and sociology in literature, fencing
I am an anthropological archaeologist, specializing in an eclectic mix of digital technology, transatlantic history and public heritage. My research explores the material manifestations of heritage, reconstructing social memory and material history, particularly in the transatlantic worlds of the UK, Barbados, and Canada.
American Literature to 1865, Book History, Hemispheric Studies
I am a historian of premodern german literature and culture. My current focus is on medieval concepts of aesthetics of production. Methodologically, my work draws largely on historical semantics and recent historical narratology. More generally, I am interested in the history of literary forms and forms of production, in the light of contemporary intellectual history on the one hand, and in relation to rhetorical, religious and social practices on the other. My research areas include: · Current Book Project: The Poetics of Genesis-Reception and the Problem of Literary Creativity in the Middle Ages
· Anthropological Perspectives: Space, Image, Gift
· Telling and Counting (Zählen und sagen): The Interference of Numerical and Narrative Knowledge in the Middle Ages
Teaching subjects: English literature, Arabic literature in translation, World literature in translation, Creative writing, Cultural Studies, Education. Research subjects: Gibali (Jebbali/ Sheri) culture, Dhofari and Omani history and culture, Intercultural Communication, English Literature, Travel Writing, Pedagogy, Anthropology