This Year's Conference Schedule, Feb 21, 2018
The program committee for the Western History Association has informed me that they have accepted a panel that I helped put together for the October 2018 meeting in San Antonio. The panel, "US Expansion and Its Discontents," will feature presentations by me, Gerrit Dirkmaat of Brigham Young University, and Lori Daggar of Ursinus College. Sam Haynes of the University of Texas at Arlington will serve as our chair and Monica Rico of Lawrence University will provide comment. I will also attend two conferences this spring. On March 8 at the Texas State Historical Association in San Marcos, I will serve as chair for a panel entitled "Commerce, Occupations, and Empires across Southwestern Borders," and on April 13 at the Organization of American Historians meeting in Sacramento, I will participate in a panel discussion on "21st-Century Westerns: Old and New Forms of Imagining History."
Announcing New Anthology Inventing Destiny, Feb 12, 2018
I have an agreement with the University Press of Kansas to edit a new anthology tentatively titled Inventing Destiny: Exploring the Cultures of US Expansion. I am privileged to have a wonderful line-up of established and emerging scholars from a wide-range of disciplines. I am excited about this new project and will share the table of contents soon. We are shooting for a Fall 2019 release. For more information about what we are trying to accomplish, see the Inventing Destiny page.
Anthology Article "Give Me My Skin" Published, Jan 2, 2018
My article "'Give Me My Skin': William J. Snelling's 'A Night in the Woods' (1836) and the Gothic Accusation against Buffalo Extinction" appears in Dawn Keetley and Matthew Winn Sivils, eds., Ecogothic in Nineteenth-Century American Literature published by Routledge. The essay explores how early nineteenth-century authors and artists like Snelling, George Catlin, Josiah Gregg, and others employed a gothic critique against the human destruction of the buffalo and American avarice. I offer my warmest gratitude to Dawn and Matt for including me in this cutting-edge project and for inspiring my work into new directions.