“Rereading, Misreading, and Redeeming the Golden State: Defining California Through History,” chapter in Blackwell Companion to California History, William Deverell and Greg Hise, ed (Blackwell Companions to American History, 2008)

“Material Dreams,” introduction to Dream Street by Douglas McCulloh (Heyday Books, 2009)

“Geography of Home,” introduction to Los Angeles in Maps by Glen Creason (Rizzoli, 2010)

“It’s Immaterial Where You Are,” afterword to Common Place. The American Motel by Bruce Bégout, (Otis Books/Seismicity Editions, 2010)

“A Dream of Home,” introduction to The Classic Homes of Los Angeles by Douglas Woods, (Rizzoli, 2010)

“Lost in Aerospace,” chapter in in Blue Sky Metropolis: The Aerospace Century in Southern California, Peter Westwick, ed (Huntington Library/University of California Press, 2012)

“A New Suburban Beauty: Maynard L. Parker and Dreams of Postwar America.” introduction to Maynard L. Parker: Modern Photography and the American Dream, Jenny Watts, ed (Yale University Press, 2012)

"Nature's Haunted House" in Boom: A Journal of California (University of California Press, 2014)

"Extra Ordinary Place" in California Sunday Magazine (November 2014)

"Union Station: Time and Again" in Union Station: 75 Years in the Heart of LA, Linda Theung, ed. (Metropolitan Transportation Authority, 2014)

"It can go any way it wants, and I’ll still be here." Ruscha, LA, and a Sense of Place in the West" in Ed Ruscha and the Great American West, Karin Breuer, ed. (University of California Press, 2016)

"Suburban Holy Land" in Infinite Suburbia, Alan Berger and Joel Kotkin, eds. (MIT Press, 2016)