I teach classes in recent US history, Georgia history, and environmental history, and my research interests focus on the environmental and agricultural history of the American South. I am the author of Conserving Southern Longleaf: Herbert Stoddard and the Rise of Ecological Land Management (University of Georgia Press, 2011), and The Art of Managing Longleaf: A Personal History of the Stoddard-Neel Approach (with Leon Neel and Paul Sutter, UGA Press, 2010). I’m currently working on a book-length project tentatively titled “Not Naturally a Grass Country: Environment, Plant Genetics, and the Quest for Agricultural Modernization in the Humid World,” which examines the modern transformation of agricultural landscapes in the American South and other humid regions. Head over to the research link for more of my publications.
I also edit the journal Agricultural History, which has been published by the Agricultural History Society since 1927. Agricultural History explores agriculture and rural life over time, in all geographies, and among all people. We publish a wide range of articles using many different methodologies to tell stories about the history of farming, agricultural commodities and technologies, environment, the rural experience, and more.