A selection from my current book, entitled “‘Constructive and Not Destructive Development’: The Struggle for Permanent Uses of Resources in the American South,” was recently published in Green Capitalism?: Business and the Environment in the Twentieth Century - the newest volume in the Hagley Perspectives on Business and Culture book series from the University of Pennsylvania Press.
I have also published several recent articles unrelated to my current book project that examine struggles over natural resources and economic development in different historical contexts, ranging from the 1870s to the late-twentieth century.
"Taming the Wild Side of Bonaventure," which was published in Southern Cultures in August 2017, explores competing visions for Bonaventure Cemetery in Savannah, Georgia. Bonaventure was one of the most popular tourist sites in all of nineteenth-century America, and this article traces how its landscape was interpreted and transformed to appeal to tourists, from John Muir to John Berendt.
In “Poverty, Industry, and Environmental Quality,” which appeared in Environmental History, I consider how environmental groups used tourism to temper enthusiasm for industrialization in the South in the 1970s. Although most scholars do not see the South as a part of the mainstream environmental movement, conflicts over the future of the petrochemical industry reveal how environmentalists successfully challenged the region’s wholesale devotion to heavy industry by promoting a seemingly more sustainable alternative in tourism. This article was recognized by Penn State’s College of the Liberal Arts as the best publication by a graduate student in 2011.
“Piscatorial Politics,” which appeared in The New England Quarterly, explores political clashes over the decline of coastal fish populations in 1870s Rhode Island. Although scholars see this as an era in which local fishermen were cut out of the process of resource management by government scientists, this article demonstrates how the political organization of New England’s fishermen hindered federal and state plans for long-term management of fisheries in the closing decades of the nineteenth century.
A member of the Bluffton (SC) Oyster Co-Op. Photograph by Paul Conklin, May 1973. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.