- The Mismeasure of Progress: Economic Growth and Its Critics (Chicago: The University of Chicago Press, 2020)
- Stephen Macekura and Erez Manela, eds. The Development Century: A Global History (New York: Cambridge University Press, 2018)
- Paperback version, 2018
- Of Limits and Growth: The Rise of Global Sustainable Development in the Twentieth Century (New York: Cambridge University Press, 2015)
- Paperback version, 2016
- Making the Contract State: Nathan Associates, Inc. and Foreign Aid Privatization,” Diplomatic History (forthcoming, 2023)
- “Dudley Seers, the Institute for Development Studies, and the Fracturing of International Development Thought in the 1960s and the 1970s,” History of Political Economy, Vol. 52, No. 1 (February 2020), 47-75.
- “Whither growth? International development, social indicators, and the politics of measurement, 1920s-1970s,” Journal of Global History, Vol. 14, No. 2 (July 2019), 261-279.
- “The Relationship of Morals and Markets Today: A Review of Recent Scholarship on the Culture of Economic Life,” lead author, with Christina McRorie, Brent Cebul, Julia Ticona, Claire Maiers, Allison Elias, Jonathan O’Connor, and Ethan Schrum, Soundings, Vol. 99, No. 2 (2016), 136-170.
- “Crisis and Opportunity: Environmental NGOs, Debt-for-Nature Swaps, and the Rise of ‘People-Centered’ Conservation,” Environment and History, Vol. 22, No. 1 (February 2016), 49-74.
- “The Point Four Program and U.S. International Development Policy,” Political Science Quarterly, Vol. 128, No. 1 (Spring 2013), 127-160.
- “The Limits of Community: The Nixon Administration and Global Environmental Politics,” Cold War History, Vol. 11, No. 4 (2011), 489-518.
- (Reviewed by Kurk Dorsey, H-Diplo, No. 348, 9 March 2012)
- “‘For Fear of Persecution’: Displaced Salvadorans and U.S. Refugee Policy in the 1980s,” Journal of Policy History, Vol. 23, No. 3 (Summer 2011), 357-380.
Peer-Reviewed Book Chapters
- “Integrating Conservation and Development: The WWF and the Participatory Vision for Conservation in the 1980s,” in Tom Robertson and Jennifer Smith, eds. Transplanting Modernity? New Histories of Poverty, Development and Environment (Pittsburgh: University of Pittsburgh Press, forthcoming).
- “Development and Economic Growth: An Intellectual History,” in Iris Borowy and Matthias Schmelzer, eds. History of the Future of Economic Growth: Historical Roots of Current Debates on Sustainable Degrowth (London: Routledge, 2017), 110-128.
- “Towards “Sustainable” Development: The UN, NGOs, and the Crafting of the World Conservation Strategy,” in Wolfram Kaiser and Jan-Henrik Meyer, eds. International Organizations and Environmental Protection: Conservation and Globalization in the Twentieth Century (New York: Berghahn Books, 2017), 241-267.
- Review of Sara Lorenzini: Global Development: A Cold War History (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2019), H-Diplo Roundtable Review (May 2020): https://issforum.org/roundtables/PDF/Roundtable-XXI-41.pdf.
- Review of Perrin Selcer, The Postwar Origins of the Global Environment: How the United Nations Built Spaceship Earth (New York, NY: Columbia University Press, 2018), Diplomatic History, Vol. 44, No. 1 (Jan. 2020), 163-165.
- Review of Megan Black, The Global Interior: Mineral Frontiers and American Power (Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 2018), The American Historical Review, Vol. 124, No. 4 (Oct. 2019), 1401-1403.
- Review of Corinna R. Unger, International Development: A Postwar History (London: Bloomsbury Academic, 2018), Journal of Cold War Studies, Vol. 21, No. 2 (2019), 206-207.
- Review of Alden Young, Transforming Sudan: Decolonization, Economic Development, and State Formation (New York: Cambridge University Press, 2018) and Michelle Murphy, The Economization of Life (Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2017), Diplomatic History, Vol. 43, No. 1 (Jan. 2019), 224-228.
- Review of The United Nations in International History by Amy Sayward, H-Diplo Book Reviews (July 2017): https://networks.h-net.org/node/185514/pdf
- Review of “Development Politics and the Cold War” by David Engerman, Diplomatic History 41:1 (January 2017): 1-19 in H-Diplo (June 2017): https://networks.h-net.org/node/182361/pdf
- Author Response, H-Diplo Roundtable Review of Of Limits to Growth (May 2017): https://networks.h-net.org/system/files/contributed-files/roundtable-xviii-24.pdf
- Review of The Little Big Number: How GDP Came to Rule the World and What to Do About It, by Dirk Philipsen, in American Historical Review, Vol. 121, No. 2 (2016), 536-537.
- Review of Thinking Small: The United States and the Lure of Community Development, by Daniel Immerwahr, in Agricultural History, Vol. 89, No. 4 (Fall 2015), 614-615.
- “A Bibliographic Essay on Sustainability,” The Hedgehog Review, Vol. 14, No. 2 (Summer 2012), 52-59.
Essays, Blogs, and Other Writing
- “Environment, Climate, and Global Disorder,” in David C. Engerman, Max Paul Friedman, and Melani McAlister The Cambridge History of America and the World, Volume 4: 1945-Present (New York: Cambridge University Press, forthcoming).
- “Remaking the World: The United States and International Development, 1898-2015,” in Christopher R. W. Dietrich, ed. A Companion to U.S. Foreign Policy, 1776 to the Present (New York: Wiley Publishing, 2020), 613-631.
- “Phyllis Deane and the limits of national accounting,” National Institute for Economic and Social Research blog, May 30, 2018: https://www.niesr.ac.uk/blog/phyllis-deane-and-limits-national-accounting
- “London Calling: An Environmental History,” Enviro History, March 16, 2018: http://enviro-history.com/london-calling
- “Paying for Climate Change,” Bunk, January 16, 2018: https://www.bunkhistory.org/resources/1666
- “A Brief History of Indicators, Part I and Part II,” essay for the Thriving Cities Project, Institute for Advanced Studies in Culture, University of Virginia, February 2017.
- “Trump’s Plan to End Climate Funding Thrusts Responsibility to Other Countries,” The Conservation, November 14th, 2016: https://theconversation.com/trumps-plan-to-end-climate-funding-thrusts-responsibility-to-other-countries-66256
- “On Writing the Historiography of Development,” essay for Humanity journal roundtable, May 2016: http://humanityjournal.org/blog/on-writing-the-historiography-of-development/
- “Climate Change is a Threat to National Security,” Review essay for the Miller Center for Public Affairs and Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars “First Year 2017” site, February 2016: http://firstyear2017.org/blog/climate-change-is-a-threat-to-national-security
- “The Social Progress Index and the Long History of Searching for the “Social,” essay for the Thriving Cities Project, Institute for Advanced Studies in Culture, University of Virginia, December 2015: http://thrivingcities.com/blog/social-progress-index-and-long-history-searching-social.
- Re-published on planetizen blog, December 2015: http://www.planetizen.com/node/82468/social-progress-index-and-long-history-searching-social
- “Debating Limits and Growth,” Cambridge University Press Blog, November 30th, 2015: http://www.cambridgeblog.org/2015/11/debating-limits-and-growth/
- “Our Mis-Leading Indicators,” PublicBooks (September 2014), http://www.publicbooks.org/nonfiction/our-mis-leading-indicators (3,000-word review essay)
- “The Point Four Program and the Crisis of U.S. Foreign Aid in the 1970s,” in Michael Divine and Ray Geselbracht, eds. The Foreign Aid Legacy of Harry S Truman (Kirksville, MO: Truman State University Press, 2014), 73-100.
- “The United States on the World Stage: The Evolution of U.S. International Environmental Policy,” co-authored with Richard Tucker, in Ed Russell and Sally Fairfax, eds. The Guide to U.S. Environmental Policy (Washington, DC: Congressional Quarterly Press, 2014), 73-85.
- “The Problem of Assessment,” Three-part essay series co-authored with Josh Yates, Thriving Cities Project, Institute for Advanced Studies in Culture, University of Virginia, Spring 2014: Part I; Part II; Part III
- “The World’s Most Dangerous Political Issue,” Solutions, Vol. 4, No. 6 (November-December 2013), 66-71.