Conference Presentations, Lectures, and Other Fun Stuff

  • “The Political Ecology of Root Digging in Southern Appalachia,” Dimensions of Political Ecology Conference, Lexington, KY, Feb. 22-23, 2018.
  • “Hunting Lady’s Slipper: The Origins of the Botanical Drug Trade in Southern Appalachia,” invited lecture, Lady’s Slipper Speaker Series, Brevard College, September 20, 2017.
  •  “Who Owns the Earth? Land, Ownership, and the Idea of a Commons,” Roundtable Participant, University of Virginia’s College at Wise, August 31, 2017.
  • “Galax and the Commodification of Appalachianness,” Agricultural History Society Annual Meeting, Grand Rapids Michigan, June 8-10, 2017.
  • “An Uncommon Commodity: The Triumph of Ginseng Cultivation in the United States, 1890-1920,” American Society of Environmental Historians Annual Meeting, Chicago, IL, March 29-April 2, 2017.
  • “Beasts in the Garden: Class, Conservation, and Ginseng in post-Civil War Appalachia,” Dirty History: An Interdisciplinary Workshop in Agriculture, Environment, and Capitalism, University of Georgia, Athens, November 18, 2018.
  • “Of Humans and Mountains: Commons and Conservation in Southern Appalachia,” Invited talk to the Institute for Georgia Environmental Leadership, Amicalola State Park, Georgia, Nov. 2, 2016.
  • “Taming Ginseng: Exploring the Meanings of Plant Domestication,” Southern Forum for Agricultural, Rural, and Environmental History, April 2016.
  • “Environmental History: Possibilities and New Directions,” Roundtable participant, Appalachian Studies Association, Shepherdstown, West Virginia, March, 2016.
  • “Root Diggers and Herb Gatherers: How Wild Plants Shaped post-Civil War Appalachian Society,” invited lecture, Liston B. Ramsey Center for Regional Studies, Mars Hill University, September 15, 2015.
  • “Nature’s Emporium: The Botanical Drug Trade and the Commons Tradition in Southern Appalachia,” Workshop for the History of Environment, Agriculture, Technology, and Science, University of Colorado-Boulder, October 2-4, 2015.
  • “The Gathering Commons and Enclosure in Nineteenth-Century Appalachia,” Agricultural History Society Annual Meeting, Lexington, Ky, June 2015.
  • “Marketing the Mountain Commons: Environment, Globalization, and Culture in Southern Appalachia, 1850-1917,” Society of Appalachian Historians, Berea, Kentucky, May 2014.
  • “Sanging in the Mountains: the Ginseng Economy in the Southern Appalachians,” Society of Appalachian Historians, Wise, Virginia, May 2013.
  • “Hugh MacRae and the Idea of Farm City: Race, Class, and Conservation in the New South, 1905-1934,” Southern Forum on Agricultural, Rural, and Environmental History, Converse College, Spartanburg, S.C. , April 2013.