Matthew M. Booker

Matthew Morse Booker is associate professor of American and environmental history at North Carolina State University. His work examines the intersection between human beings and the natural world in North America, with a particular focus on the coastal regions. His first book, Between the Tides: Layers of History in San Francisco Bay (University of California Press, 2013) investigates ownership and ecology in a contested urban and natural space. Matthew’s current research traces the history of food production in American industrial cities of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. From 2008-2010 Matthew was a founding member of a collaborative student-faculty experiment at Stanford University, the Spatial History Project, using mapping tools to creatively frame and visualize historical problems. He remains an affiliate scholar. Matthew is also active in the Research Triangle Digital Humanities community.


Visualizing San Francisco Bay’s Forgotten Past

To begin: One question and one metaphor. The question is, what use is visualization to historians? How does this method add value to the work we do? The metaphor is accretion, the term geologists use to describe the building up of new soils through deposits of materials eroded elsewhere.

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