A Natural History of Data:

Measuring U.S. Weather from 1820-Hurricane Sandy

A Natural History of Data tells the story of data's rise to power as a concept and practice within settler colonial environmental communities across the United States over the last two centuries. I chart the evolution of data collection and visualization practices from the 1847 Smithsonian Institution Meteorological Project to NASA’s 2012 GOES-14 satellite.


Portions of this book have been published or are forthcoming in American Literature , The Journal of Women's History, and The Journal of American History.