My research interests span the history of diet and health (particularly the popularization of nutritional science), the intersection of food and environmental histories (particularly food production and distribution), and qualitative and historical cartography (with and without GIS).
My research and teaching in the digital humanities (particularly digital history) explores new modes of historical research and publishing, the importance of design in scholarship, the necessity for new evaluative criteria for digital scholarship (and the nature of scholarship in the 21st century), and sustainable publication practices.
I have been a general editor at Programming Historian since 2012, co-founded in 2015 the UNM Spatial Humanities Working Group, and serve as an editor at the recently (Oct 2016) launched H-Nutrition network on H-Net.
Previously, my research focused on premodern toxicology, particularly late medieval and early modern medical literature on poison.
Until the spring of 2013, I was an assistant professor in the department of History and Art History at George Mason University (Fairfax, VA) and director of digital scholarship at the Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media.
I completed my History of Science PhD at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where I discovered a new interest in web design and development. For a few years before that, I did menial cubicle chores [= web programming] (where I also built elaborate soda-can towers) after studying physics at Carleton College. I grew up in Prior Lake, MN, where I enjoyed riding bikes through neighbors’ yards, playing mindless video games, and learning to get computers to do what I want.
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