As a scholar working on public space and the public realm, I feel an obligation to bring my knowledge to bear on contemporary issues and to put my opinions, when they are deeply considered and passionately held, into the public forum for debate.

Memorials to endless war:

“What Will Our Iraq War Memorial Look Like,” Washington Post, May 27, 2011.

On the role of the historian in the commemorative landscape:

“When the Ivory Tower Meets the Real World: Monument Wars a Year Later,” Eldredge Prize lecture webcast at the Smithsonian American Art Museum,  December 1, 2010

On monuments to victims:

“On the Mall, Heroes, Victims, Violence” opinion piece in response to the shooting at the Holocaust Museum, in Washington Post June 14, 2009

•Read the follow-up webchat in the Post June 15, 2009

Honoring the Confederacy:

“The President and the Confederacy,” op-ed piece on the Presidential tradition of wreath-laying at Arlington Cemetery’s Confederate Memorial in Washington Post May 23, 2009, which suggested that Pres. Obama send a second wreath, to the African American Civil War Memorial in Washington, D.C.

•Read here to see the outcome

Sustainable urban development:

“The Road to Yesteryear,” op-ed piece opposing the Mon-Fayette Expressway in Pittsburgh in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette December 2008

•Read a follow-up by Kaid Benfield of the National Resources Defense Council in his smart-growth blog February 2009

Monuments in Washington, D.C.:

On the Memorial to Martin Luther King, Jr.:

•Quoted in New York Times May 2008

“Don’t Mess with the Washington Monument”:

•Editorial in Washington Post September 2003

September 11 Memorial:

Quoted in New York Times November 2003