I write on a variety of topics. But my publications most often fall into three categories: utopian, intentional communities, food and foodways, and women writers.  For example, my first book, Bodies of Life, is on the celibate, religious group known as the Shakers, who lived communally. Another book collects stories and recipes by the nineteenth-century cookbook author and humor writer, Eliza Leslie. Among the most popular is a book of essays on utopian foodways, Eating in Eden: Food and American Utopias. Sometimes a book or article, such as the last two mentioned, falls into more than one of these categories.

My recent articles have focused on 19th-century American translator and author Caroline Crane Marsh, who lived for many years in Italy and Turkey as wife of US Ambassador George Perkins Marsh, and a contemporary communal ecovillage in Italy’s Piedmont region. Access to these–one scholarly and one popular–are available online:

“Future Visions at Villaggio Verde.” in Communities (Winter 2019). Passing the Torch: Generational Shifts in Community. 

Travels, Translations and Limitations: Ambasciatrice Caroline Crane Marsh.”  in Transatlantica: American Studies Journal (2019).

For my shorter blogs on Caroline Crane Marsh, see the New York Public Library Special Collections and Archives website and the Bluestocking Bulletin.

To read more about other publications and to find out more about purchasing them, follow the links below. Or, if you wish, contact me.

A number of my shorter articles are book reviews.  For more about these, follow this link.

Publications by Topic