Research Interests

  • American Vernacular Architectural History
  • U.S. Environmental History
  • Twentieth-Century U.S. History
  • Historic Preservation and Landscape History


  • Ph.D. Utah, 1993
  • M.A. Washington State University, 1987
  • B.A. Carroll College 1980

Awards, Honors and Affilations

  • Bishir Prize for best article, Vernacular Architecture Forum, 2012.
  • National Park Service Cooperative Ecosystems Studies Units Network Award to Public Lands History Center, 2012
  • Friend of Preservation Award, Fort Collins Landmarks Preservation Commission, 2010.
  • Co-founder and Council Member Public Lands History Center, Colorado State University, 2007-present.



  • The Seattle Bungalow: People and Houses, 1900-1940. Seattle: University of Washington Press, 2007.  

Articles and Chapters

  • “Pack Mules and Parachutes:  Firefighting Partners at Montana’s Ninemile Remount Depot,” Montana Magazine of Western History, 65 (Summer 2015): 22-40. 
  • “Mobile Home Syndrome: The Making of a New Domestic Ecology in the Post-World War Two Era.”  Technology and Culture , 52 (April 2011): 260-286.  Bishir Prize for Best Article in Vernacular Architecture and Landscapes
  • “Pagoda in Paradise: Clancey Lewis’s Craftsman Bungalow in Beaux Arts Village, Washington,” Pacific Northwest Quarterly 92 (Summer 2001):115-126.
  •  “Jud Yoho 'the Bungalow Craftsman,' and the Development of Seattle Suburbs."  In Shaping Communities: Perspectives in Vernacular Architecture, VI.  Edited by Carter Hudgins and Elizabeth Cromley. University of Tennessee Press, 1997, 231-243.