I’d like to start my first post at LGM by thanking everyone else here for asking me to join the blog. I’ve been blogging in obscurity at Alterdestiny since 2004 and expanding my audience by 20 times or more is going to be fun.
I also want to say how intimidating it is to be replacing someone as superb as Charli Carpenter. Those are some big shoes to fill. I know I’ll miss reading her posts.
I am an environmental and labor historian of the United States and will be writing about these issues quite a bit here. I am presently a Visiting Assistant Professor at the College of Wooster in Ohio and am starting a tenure-track position at the University of Rhode Island this fall. My own work is on the intersection between work and nature in the Pacific Northwest forests from the mid-19th century to the present. Growing up in a timber-supported working-class household during the spotted owl crisis of the 1990s has given me what I think is a somewhat different perspective on environmentalism than most scholars of the subject and you’ll see that represented pretty heavily in my posts.
I’ve also worked as a union organizer in my pre-academic days. It’s my contention that arguably the worst thing about the progressive blogosphere is the irrelevancy of labor to most writers and readers. I will try to provide coverage of the important labor issues of the day and an understanding of labor history.
I’ll also write about some of the things you are used to seeing here–music, film, baseball, other political issues that make me angry, occasional random denunciations, how the citrus industry conspired to force us to have slices of lemon in our water at restaurants, etc. And some issues that get a bit less coverage–the American West broadly and state politics of places that I’ve lived in and still follow (particularly OR, TN, TX, NM, OH, and presumably very soon RI).
I will probably be a bit here and gone for the first month or two of my tenure here–I am getting married and moving so I am crazy busy, even compared to normal.
Most importantly, I’ll be joining Rob in vigorously proclaiming the superiority of Oregon football to the Washington Huskies. As they say in Texas, Hook ’em Ducks!