About

OnionHeadshot

Hello! I live in Athens, Ohio, and write about history and culture for magazines, newspapers, and the Internet. You can see my clips—subdivided by publication, theme, and format—here.

I’m currently a staff writer for Slate.com, covering new historical research; history in archives, museums, classrooms, and on the Web; and history in popular and public culture.

I run a blog on Slate called The Vault, where I post historical objects, images, and documents. (More on that project here.) You might like to browse the most popular Vault posts, or see a list of my favorites.

I also write Slate‘s daily newsletter, The Angle.

I hold a Ph.D and an MA in American Studies from the University of Texas at Austin, and a BA in American Studies from Yale University. I’m a visiting scholar in the Department of History at Ohio University. Publications, CV, and other academic materials are available here. 

My book project, Innocent Experiments: Childhood and the Culture of Public Science in the United States, is under contract with the University of North Carolina Press, and will be published in 2016.  (Read much more about this project here.)

As I get older and time rushes, I find myself preoccupied with keeping track of the things I write, cook, listen to, read, and watch. One result is my weekly newsletter, with recommendations of books, articles, recipes, and podcasts, as well as links to the things I’ve published in the past week. The other is my reading list.

The image on this website’s front page is an 1865 “Map of the Oil District of West Virginia and Ohio,” via David Rumsey Map Collection.