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For information on what courses I will be teaching, my current research projects, my books and essays, and commentaries on assorted topics, please follow the menu posted on the right.

In brief, this fall 2014 semester I’ll be teaching Fire (BIO 427) and Literary nonfiction (HPS 591)Office hours are Tuesday and Thursday 10:30a to 12n and Thursday 12:30p to 1:30p.

The graduate  Certificate in Nonfiction Writing and Publication has received final approval and will be active for Fall, 2014.  I continue to develop courses and events and to explore ways to leverage it more widely.

Regarding, research now that Fire: Nature and Culture  and Fire on Earth: An Introduction, are finally in print, I’ll turn my attention to wrangling my sprawling modern fire history of the U.S. since 1960 into publication. 

My major  effort continues to be a survey of American fire history since 1960.   The idea was to write two books, one a grand narrative (the play by play, as it were), and other other, a collection of essays (the color commentary).  The narrative is written and is under review by publishers.  The commentary self-organized into regional suites.  The University of Arizona Press will publish them as a multi-volume work. For details see the project website.

Recent commentaries of interest include an op/ed in the Arizona Republic on the Yarnell Hill tragedy, a survey of the American fire scene for the Washington Post, a general piece on why we are not at war with fire for Project Syndicate after the Black Forest fire in Colorado, and a tribute to Voyager the indomitable, now questing in interstellar space.

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