Writing

Common Phantoms: An American History of Psychic Science (Stanford University Press, 2020).

Also in print:

“Abraham Lincoln, ghost machine,” Full Bleed 3 (Spring 2019).

“Drawing as Instrument, Drawings as Evidence: Capturing Mental Processes with Pencil and Paper,” Medical History 60:03 (2016), 359-387.

“‘Your Whole Effort Has Been to Create Desire’: Reproducing Knowledge and Evading Censorship in the Nineteenth- Century Subscription Press,” Bulletin of the History of Medicine 89:3 (2015), 463-490.

Views From the National Forests (Furniture Press, 2014).

“Proving It,” in The Public Domain Review: Selected Essays, Volume I (2014).

Krall Krall (Cars Are Real, 2013).

Online:

No rest,” Aeon, August 2020.

Nurses have long known that sick bodies are political,” Teen Vogue, June 10, 2020.

Perfect Medium,” The Point, April 18, 2017.

Lofty Only in Sound,” Public Domain Review, April 5, 2017.

The Civil War Doctor Who Proved Phantom Limb Pain Was Real,” History.com, Nov. 8, 2017.

Americans Once Avoided the Hospital at All Costs—Until ERs Changed That,” History.com, Oct. 16, 2017.

In the basement kitchen,” audio segment for Episode 12 of the Undark podcast from MIT, with Jonna McKone, February 2017.

What we know about wind,” Lady Science, December 20, 2016.

In 1926, Houdini Spent 4 Days Shaming Congress for Being in Thrall to Fortune-Tellers,” Atlas Obscura, October 11, 2016.

Historic Baltimore: Fault lines and common threads,” commissioned audio walking tour, with Jonna McKone, December 2016.

The Lost Mushroom Masterpiece Unearthed in a Dusty Drawer,” Atlas Obscura, July 27, 2016.

How Counting Horses and Reading Dogs Convinced Us Animals Could Think,” Atlas Obscura, May 12, 2016.

The 19th Century ‘Show Caves’ That Became America’s First Tourist Traps,” Atlas Obscura, March 2, 2016.

Psychic Archeology, Or How to Dig Up the Dead With Their Own Advice,” Atlas Obscura, February 22, 2016.

The Century-old Comic Strip Devoted to Cheese-fueled Nightmares,” Atlas Obscura, January 26, 2016.

The Manmade Marvel of the Baltimore Sewers,” Atlas Obscura, January 6, 2016.

“Proving It: The American Provers Union Documents Certain Ill Effects,” The Public Domain Review, September 2013.

“The Seductive Allure of Neuroskepticism,” Motherboard, January 8, 2013.

“In Which Big Game and Eugenics Go To Washington,” Motherboard, October 15-17, 2012.

“Dream of a World Without Pain,” This Recording, May 11, 2012.

“Way of Control,” This Recording, February 16, 2012.