Other Writing

“Perimeters of Pain,” The Times Literary Supplement, (July 26, 2013). (pdf)

“An Impertinent Discourse,” The Times Literary Supplement, (February 24, 2012), 7-8. (pdf)

“The Hills are Alive,” The Nation, (July 4, 2011), 34-37. (pdf)

“Before Macbeth,” The Times Literary Supplement, (April 22, 2011), 24. (pdf)

“Nature’s Ghosts,” The Nation, (May 10, 2010), 34-36. (pdf)

“Even Paranoids Have Enemies: Rumors of Levee Sabotage in New Orleans’s Lower Ninth Ward,” Journal of Urban History, 35 (July 2009), 627-639. (pdf)

“Freedom Road,” The Times Literary Supplement, (May 29, 2009), 3-5. (pdf)

“Forgetting to Remember,” Habitus, 4 (Fall-Winter 2008), 62-79. (pdf)

“For What?” The Times Literary Supplement, (July 25, 2008), 7. (pdf)

“Lincoln Before the Legend,” The Times Literary Supplement, (January 11, 2008), 27. (pdf)

“Boundary Issues: Clarifying New Orleans’s Murky Edges,” The Journal of American History, 94 (December 2007), 695-703. (pdf)

“Silent Witness,” The Nation, (September 10, 2007), web edition. (pdf)

“John Brown’s Bodies,” The Times Literary Supplement, (February 16, 2007), 3-4. (pdf)

“New Orleans’s Phantom Slave Insurrection of 1853: Racial Anxiety, Urban Ecology, and Human Bodies as Public Spaces,” in Andrew Isenberg (ed.), The Nature of Cities: New Directions in Urban Environmental History (Rochester: University of Rochester Press, 2006), 3-23. (pdf)

“Unnatural Disaster,” The Nation, (October 2, 2006), 32-36. (pdf)

“Cities of Gold: San Francisco and Denver Despoil their Hinterland,” Journal of Urban History, 32 (September 2006), 891-899. (pdf)

“Water Damaged: Disaster History in New Orleans and on the Gulf Coast,” Reviews in American History, 34 (June 2006), 222-230. (pdf)

“Nature Bats Last: Some Recent Works on Technology and Urban Disaster,” Technology and Culture, 47 (April 2006), 391-402. (pdf)

“In the Shadow of Disaster: Rebuilding in Harm’s Way,” The Nation, (January 2, 2006), 13-14. (pdf)

“From Cotton Port to Beach Town: The Lessons of Galveston’s 1900 Hurricane,” Slate, (September 23, 2005). (online)

“America’s Underclass Exposed,” The Christian Science Monitor, (September 12, 2005), 9. (online)

“City of Nature,” Slate, (August 31, 2005). (online)

“‘The Cat Became the Companion of the Crawfish’: The Struggle to Reclaim New Orleans’s Wetlands,” Historical Geography, 32 (Fall 2004), 157-180. (pdf)

“A Referendum on the River: The Mississippi Jetties Controversy,” Gulf South Historical Review, 19 (Fall 2003), 46-71. (pdf)

“Forests and Other River Perils: Henry Shreve, The Mississippi Steamboat, and Public Memory,” in Craig Colten (ed.), Transforming New Orleans and its Environs: Centuries of Change (Pittsburgh: University of Pittsburgh Press, 2000), 45-63. (pdf)

“We Are the Valley: Environmental History Reaches for Much,” with D. Graham Burnett, The Times Literary Supplement, (January 21, 2000), 35. (pdf)

“Deadly Currents: John Ross’s Decision of 1861 Sheds Light on Race and Sovereignty in the Cherokee Nation,” Chronicles of Oklahoma, LXII (spring 1995), 80-103. (pdf)