About

My essays and features have appeared in Griffith Review, Inside Story, Overland, The Guardian, Australian Book Review, The Canberra Times, among others. Right now I’m working on a book about the death penalty, violence, and the appeal of authoritarian solutions for complex problems for NewSouth, and another long term project on shadow places.

A couple of days a week I work as a research assistant at the National Museum on a project called “The Anthropocene in Australia.” I’ve worked on public history projects such as the One River art + writing project, which was part of the Centenary of Canberra celebrations.

In 2013/14 I was a Fellow at the Rachel Carson Center in Munich, Germany, where I finished writing my book, The Broken Promise of Agricultural Progress: An Environmental History (2014). It was shortlisted in the 2015 NSW Premier’s History Awards.

I helped edit and complete Tony McMichael’s posthumous book, Climate Change and the Health of Nations: Famines, Fevers and the Fates of Populations (OUP 2017).

I’ve been awarded the Griffith Review Emerging Writers’ Prize, an Australian Society of Authors Mentorship, a Contributor’s Circle Varuna Fellowship, and was shortlisted for the Australian Historical Association’s Serle Prize.

I have a PhD in environmental history from the Australian National University. I live in Canberra with my wife and three sons

I was raised on the western plains of New South Wales. (Do you know what a sand monkey is? Or a cowal?) When I moved to Sydney I spent a year washing cars, volunteered for a youth anti-racism organisation, and studied in the writing program at the University of Technology, Sydney.

Last modified: October 31, 2018

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