Writing

Books

The People's NetworkThe People’s Network: The Political Economy of the Telephone in the Gilded Age (U. of Pennsylvania Press, 2013)
My new book on the history of the telephone comes out on December 26!

The Wire Devils: A Classic Mystery Novel of the American Railroad (U. of Minnesota Press, 2013)
I wrote a historical introduction for this new edition of a classic pulp adventure novel from 1918.

Essays and Articles

This is a short list of things available online that you may actually want to read. Completists will find a longer list of publications on my CV.

(With Timothy Compeau) “Tecumseh Lies Here: Goals and Challenges for a Pervasive History Game in Progress,” in Kevin Kee, ed., Pastplay: Teaching and Learning History with Technology, University of Michigan Press, 2014.
This chapter explains the theory behind Tecumseh Lies Here, our ARG for history education, and candidly describes the doubts and challenges we faced in making it a reality. Tim and I wrote this before Tecumseh Lies Here was ever played; we’re working on a new article about actually launching the game and how its subsequent versions evolved.

(With Devon Elliott and William J. Turkel) “New Old Things: Fabrication, Physical Computing, and Experiment in Historical Practice,” Canadian Journal of Communication 37:1 (2012), 121-128.
Described here.

“Convention of Cranks: Why the Nineteenth Century’s Golden Age of Pseudoscience May Be a Precursor of Our Own,” Scope 2 (Spring 2011), 10-21.
Described here. Best preview of my next book.

“Towards a Transnational Political History of North America: The View from Canada,” Nuevo Mundo / Mundos Nuevos (March 2010).
I was told not to let any Canadians read this until I got tenure.

“The All-Red Dream: Technological Nationalism and the Trans-Canada Telephone System,” in Norman Hillmer and Adam Chapnick, eds., Canadas of the Mind: The Making and Unmaking of Canadian Nationalisms in the Twentieth Century, McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2007.

“The Wire Devils: Pulp Thrillers, the Telephone, and Action at a Distance in the Wiring of a Nation,” American Quarterly 57:3 (September 2006), 715-741.

“Long Lines: AT&T’s Long-Distance Network as an Organizational and Political Strategy,” Business History Review 80:2 (Summer 2006), 297-327.

(This site is kind of under construction.)