Academic Essays & Book Reviews

Wildness 2017 UofChgoP“Cultivating the Wild on Chicago’s South Side: Stories of People and Nature at Eden Place Nature Center.” Co-written with Michael Howard. Wildness: Relations of People and Place, Gavin Van Horn and John Hausdoerffer, eds. (University of Chicago Press, 2017). 166-176. (pdf)

“Canoeing through History: Wild Encounters on Bubbly Creek.” City Creatures: Animal Encounters in the Chicago Wilderness, eds. David Aftandilian and Gavin Van Horn (University of Chicago Press, 2015). 264-271. (pdf)

Review of The Cambridge Introduction to Literature and the Environment, by Timothy Clark. Invited review essay for Modern Philology 112.2 (November 2014): E148-151. (pdf)

“Sustaining Sustainability.” Roosevelt Review (Fall 2010): 32-38. Invited faculty essay for alumni magazine. (article here)

“The Sustainable City: Developing an Interdisciplinary, Team-taught, Hybrid Course.”  Proceedings of the 2009 Roosevelt University Mini-Conference on Teaching 6 (Spring 2009).  Co-written with Carl Zimring.

“RU collaborating?: From Team-Teaching to Student Group Management in an Online Course.”  Proceedings of the 2006 Roosevelt University Mini-Conference on Teaching 3 (Spring 2006):  15-18.  Co-written with Amanda Putnam.

“On Beyond Google: Improving the Quality of Student Research.” Proceedings of the 2006 Roosevelt University Mini-Conference on Teaching 3 (Spring 2006): 9-11. Co-written with Mary Beth Riedner, et al.

Review of What the Best College Teachers Do, by Ken Bain. Roosevelt University’s Center for Teaching and Learning Newsletter (Spring 2006).

Review of So Great a Vision: The Conservation Writings of George Perkins Marsh, ed. by Stephen Trombulak. Interdisciplinary Studies of Literature and Environment 10.2 (Summer 2003):  260-1.

Critical essays, ranging in length from 50-1,000 words, on “Biology, Zoology, and Literature,” “Francis Crick,” “Empiricism,” “Genetics,” “Charlotte Perkins Gilman,” “James Gleick,” “Alexander von Humboldt,” “Hypothesis,” “Ornithology,” “Positivism,” “Progress,” “Science Reporting,” “Scientific Method,” “Scientism,” and “Henry David Thoreau,” for An Encyclopedia of Literature and Science, ed. Pamela Gossin. Westport, CN: Greenwood Press, 2002.

Review of The Song of the Dodo: Island Biogeography in an Age of Extinctions, by David Quammen. Interdisciplinary Studies of Literature and Environment 4.1 (1998): 139.

Review of Toward a Dialogue of Understandings: Loren Eiseley and the Critique of Science, by Mary Ellen Pitts. Public Understanding of Science 5.4 (1996).