Talks, Conferences, & In the Media

Plenaries

  • “Communicating Disease: Information Networks During the Plague of Provence,” The Enlightenment in Motion Symposium, Mount Royal University (March 17, 2017). 

Invited Lectures & Talks

  • Forum: “The Spectre of Death: An Early Modern Epidemic in Transnational Context,” Early Modern Plagues: Histories of Resilience, Arizona State University (April 11, 2017).
  • Guest Lecture: “Plague and Crisis in the Eighteenth-Century,” Arizona State University’s Institute for Humanities Research (April 10, 2017).
  • Guest Lecture: “Plague Cultures: Managing the 1720 Plague of Provence in France,” Department of Modern Languages, University of Lethbridge (October 3, 2016).

In the Media

  • TV Interview for CTV Lethbridge, to discuss vulnerability of Gulf South to “natural” hazards (August 31, 2017).
  • Live appearance on Al Jazeera English “NewsHour” to discuss disaster management of Hurricane Harvey in context of Gulf South’s larger history of disaster (August 30, 2017).
  • Radio interview on CJOC FM Lethbridge News 94.1, on the history of modern disasters and Hurricane Harvey (August 30, 2017).
  • Interviewed for feature article in Lethbridge News Now, “Learning the lessons of a catastrophic storm,” by Geoff Smith (August 30, 2017): http://www.lethbridgenewsnow.com/article/571089/learning-lessons-catastrophic-storm
  • Invited Q & A for The Atlantic, “Why the Gulf Coast Is Uniquely Vulnerable to Disasters: It isn’t just because of the weather, a historian argues,” by Alexis C. Madrigal (August 29, 2017): https://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2017/08/why-the-gulf-coast-is-uniquely-vulnerable-to-disasters-hurricane-harvey/538374/
  • Included under “Scholars and Writers” in The Atlantic’s, “How to Track the Ongoing Fallout From Harvey: An annotated list of trusted sources on the hurricane and its aftermath” The Atlantic (August 28, 2017): https://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2017/08/how-to-track-the-ongoing-fallout-from-harvey/538269
  • Interview for the Reddit’s AskHistorians Podcast, “La Peste! The Great Plague of Marseille,” (May 6, 2017): http://askhistorians.libsyn.com/askhistorians-podcast-090-la-peste-the-great-plague-of-marseille
  • Interview for series, Catastrophe is Our Bedtime Story with Michael Egan of McMaster University, “Catastrophe in the Age of Revolutions,” (October 28, 2016), https://eganhistory.com/2017/09/26/catastrophe-in-the-age-of-revolutions

Conference Papers & Panel Organization

  • “Plague and the Port City: Movement and Migration During an Eighteenth-Century Crisis,” Western Society for French History, Reno, NV (November 2-4, 2017).
  • “The 1720 Plague of Provence and Bourbon Reform in the Eighteenth Century,” American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies, Minneapolis, MN (March 30-April 2, 2017).
  • “Cities and Disasters in the Eighteenth Century,” American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies, Minneapolis, MN (March 30-April 2, 2017).
  • “Bourbon Centralization in Spain During the Plague of Provence, 1720-1724,” Association for Spanish and Portuguese Historical Studies, San Diego, CA (March 17-20, 2016).
  • “The Peste of Provence and the Centralization of Crisis Management in the Early Eighteenth Century,” Society for French Historical Studies, Colorado Springs, CO (April 16-19, 2015). (“Learning from the Courte Durée: Moments in Mediterranean Environmental History,” H-France Salon, Vol. 7, Issue 8: www.h-france.net/Salon/salonconferences.html).
  • “The Politics of Disaster: Risk and Exploitation in Spain during the Marseille Plague and Beyond,” American Historical Association, Washington DC (January 2-5, 2014).
  • “Plague in the Port City: The Marseille Plague of 1720 in Transnational Perspective,” American Association for the History of Medicine, Atlanta, GA (May 16-19, 2013).
  • “Pestilence and Politics: The 1720 Peste of Provence in Cádiz and Marseille,” Society for French Historical Studies, Cambridge, MA (April 4-7, 2013).
  • “The Good Friday Fire of 1788: Implications of a Disaster in Spanish Colonial New Orleans,” Consortium on the Revolutionary Era, Charleston, SC (February 25-27, 2010).

Roundtables

  • “Home of Disaster: Katrina, BP, and the Gulf South, 5 and 10 Years Later: A Roundtable Discussion,” Louisiana Historical Association, Lafayette, LA (March 5-7, 2015). Roundtable with Liz Skilton, Craig Colten, Andy Horowitz, Jason Theriot

Chaired Sessions

  • The Growth of Trade, Economic Liberalism, and Attitudes to Absolute Monarchy at the End of the Old Regime, Western Society for French History, Reno, NV (Nov. 2-4, 2017).
  • Consent and Coercion in Revolutionary and Napoleonic Policy, Society for French Historical Studies, Washington, DC (April 20-23, 2017).
  • Cities and Disasters in the Eighteenth Century, American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies, Minneapolis, MN (March 30-April 2, 2017).
  • Gender and the Birthrate in Modern France and Empire, Society for French Historical Studies, Nashville, TN (March 3-6, 2016).
  • Visualizing Rural Life and Labor in a Time of Industrial Agriculture, 1945 to the present, Society for French Historical Studies, Nashville, TN (March 3-6, 2016).