Education & Employment



Ph.D. - University of Washington

Specialty: Environmental History


B.A. - University of California - Santa Barbara

History and English


Employment History


Executive Director, American Society for Environmental History, 2007 - 2018

See non-profit management section of this website for more information. See this link for the tribute from ASEH:


Vice President and Director of History Division, Historical Research Associates, Inc., 1991 - 2006

Responsibilities included strategic planning, project management (including staff and budgets), and marketing - see historical consulting section of this website for more information.


Assistant Professor (non-tenure track), University of Puget Sound, Department of History, 1987-1991

Taught environmental history, Pacific Northwest history, and US Survey courses


Committees and Affiliations


Fellow, Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society, Ludwig-Maximilian-Universität München, 2019


Affiliate Faculty, Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences, University of Washington-Tacoma [current]


Member, Northwest Regional Council, National Parks and Conservation Association [current]

Co-Chair, Program Committee for World Congress, International Consortium of Environmental History Organizations (ICEHO), Brazil, 2017-2019

Committee Member, Governor's Inaugural Ball Committee, Olympia, Washington (event planning), 2016-2017 and 2020-2021


Local Arrangements Committee Chair for conferences in Seattle (1996 and 2016) and Tacoma (2000) for National Council on Public History and American Society for Environmental History


Site Selection Committee Chair, International Consortium of Environmental History Organizations, 2009 and 2015


Executive Committee, Conference of Executive Officers, American Council of Learned Societies (and Nominating Committee Chair for ACLS)


Nominating Committee Chair, National Council on Public History


Editorial boards, The Public Historian and Pacific Northwest Quarterly


Member of Society of Environmental Journalists, National Council on Public History, and American Society for Environmental History




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freelance writing

event and tour planning
tour leading

historic site interpretation

historic preservation

architectural history

project management

grant writing

archival research


oral history


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