Research Interests

  • Modern Europe
  • Cartography
  • Spatial History
  • Environmental History


  • Ph.D. History, with distinction, Hans Gatzke Prize for Outstanding Dissertation in European History, Yale University, New Haven, CT, 2010

  • A.B. History, high honors, Phi Beta Kappa, Robert Golden Medal, Stanford University, Stanford, CA, 2002




Articles, Edited Volumes and Book Chapters

  • “Looking at the Wind:  Paintings of the Mistral in Fin-de-Siècle France,” Environmental History, 20, 3 (July 2015): 505-518.
  • Editorial Committee.  Map: Exploring the World  (London:  Phaidon Press, 2015).
  • “The Cartographic Language of Locality,” in Place and Locality in Modern France, eds. Patrick Young and Philip Whalen (New York: Bloomsbury Press, 2014).
  • “The 25th International Conference on the History of Cartography,” Imago Mundi 66, 1 (January 2014): 105-109.
  • “A New Kind of European Boundary: Mapping the Language Border between Modern France and Germany,” Imago Mundi 65, 2 (June 2013): 253-267.
  • “Cartography in a Contested European Borderland,” in L'espace rhénan, pôle de savoirs, eds. Catherine Maurer and Astrid Starck-Adler (Strasbourg: Presses Universitaires de Strasbourg, 2013).

Forthcoming Publications

  • “Boundary Surveying and Mapping in France,” “Military Mapping in France” and “The Franco-Prussian War and its Impact on Mapping,” in The History of CartographyVolume Five:  The Nineteenth Century, ed. Roger Kain (Chicago:  University of Chicago Press, forthcoming 2017).
  • The Mistral:  A History of Wind.    Book manuscript examining the history of interactions between human beings and the Mistral wind that blows across southern France and the Mediterranean Sea.