Writing

I write narrative nonfiction for popular and scholarly audiences. Through intimate portraits and micro-histories, my writing explores the migrations of marginalized peoples who, in the face of state-induced violence and dispossession, made homes in some of the most rugged landscapes of the North American West. Read about my book project and essays here.

Book Project

My current book project, No Man’s Land: Coexisting at the Edge of America, tells interwoven histories of Native Americans, African Americans, and Anglos who, since the late-nineteenth century, co-inhabited a brushy tract of Colorado River bottomlands near the U.S.-Mexico border called No Man’s Land. Through an intimate portrait of this tiny, unsettled backwater of the
American West, No Man’s Land extends the conjoined legacies of slavery and Native conquest through the twentieth century, asking how these communities can coexist and seek justice on the same land today.


Courtesy of the National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, D.C.

Essays, Articles, and Op-Eds

“‘Whenever We Exist on Any Land, We Know it is Our Country’: Cocopa Indians, the Colorado River, and Migration in the U.S.-Mexico Borderlands” (currently under consideration at the Western Historical Quarterly)

Review of Maurice Crandall, These People Have Always Been a Republic: Indigenous Electorates in the U.S.-Mexico Borderlands, 1598-1912 (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2019) in Journal of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era (April 2021)

John Williams, Kevin Burke, Michael Crossley, Daniel Grant, and Volker Radeloff. “Land-use and climatic causes of environmental novelty in Wisconsin since 1890.” Ecological Applications vol. 29, no. 7

With or without a wall, the border isn’t where you think it is.The Washington Post, February 28, 2021