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.
I’ve been awarded the Griffith Review Emerging Writers’ Prize, an Australian Society of Authors Mentorship, and was shortlisted for the Australian Historical Association’s Serle Prize.
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’ve written for Griffith Review, Inside Story, The Guardian, Australian Book Review, The Canberra Times, among others. Right now I’m working on a book about the death penalty.
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.
I have a PhD in environmental history from the Australian National University. I live in Canberra with my wife and three sons.