The Invention of Infinite Growth: How Economists Lost Sight of the Natural World. Manuscript in process. Read more here.

Routes of Power: Energy and Modern America (Harvard University Press, 2014). Read more here.

Roundtable Reviews

I am principal editor of the H-Environment Roundtable Reviews series, a forum in which three to four colleagues write reviews of recent notable books in the field of environmental history that are posted along with a response from the author. I select the books for review, find suitable reviewers, edit the responses, write an introduction, and disseminate the roundtables.


“The Materiality of Energy.” Canadian Journal of History / annals canadiennes d’histoire 53 (3), Winter, 2018: 378-394.

“Building History Enrollments Through Online Courses for the Professions: Lessons from Teaching the History of Engineering.” The History Teacher 51 (4), August, 2018: 549-572.

“How Pipelines Constrict Oil Flows.” Limn Issue 10: Chokepoints, January, 2018.

“Infrastructure and Democracy” with David Reinecke. Issues in Science and Technology 33 (2), Winter, 2017: 24-30.

“Petromyopia: Oil and the Energy Humanities.” Humanities 5 (2), June, 2016.

“Landscapes of Intensification: Transport and Energy in the U.S. Mid-Atlantic, 1820-1930.” Journal of Transport History 35 (2), December, 2014: 236-41.

With Richard F. Hirsh. “History’s Contribution to Energy Research and Policy.” Energy Research & Social Science 1 (1), March, 2014: 106-11.

“The British Shaping of America’s First Fossil Fuel Transition.” Rachel Carson Perspectives 5 (2014): 27-34. “Energy (and) Colonialism, Energy (In)Dependence: Africa, Europe, Greenland, North America” edited by Clapperton Chakanetsa Mavhunga and Helmuth Trischler.

With Kyoko Sato and Shi-Lin Loh. “Narrating Fukushima: Scales of a Nuclear Disaster.” East Asian Science, Technology, and Society 7 (4), December, 2013: 601-23.

With Clark Miller and Alastair Iles. “The Social Dimensions of Energy Transitions.” Science as Culture 22 (2), June, 2013: 135-48.

“Building More Just Energy Infrastructure: Lessons From the Past.” Science as Culture 22 (2), June, 2013: 157-63.

With Sebastian Pfotenhauer, Kris Saha, and Sheila Jasanoff. “Learning from Fukushima.” Issues in Science and Technology 28 (3), Spring, 2012: 79-84.

“The Carbon-Consuming Home: Residential Markets and Energy Transitions.” Enterprise & Society 12 (4), December, 2011: 790-823. – Honorable Mention, 2012 Oxford Journals Article Prize for the best article published in the journal Enterprise & Society in the previous year.

“A Landscape of Energy Abundance: Anthracite Coal Canals and the Roots of American Fossil Fuel Dependence, 1820-1860.” Environmental History 15 (3), July, 2010: 449-84. – Winner, 2011 Joel A. Tarr Envirotech Prize for the best article published in the previous eighteen months in the relationships between technology and environment in history.