Donahue teaches courses on environmental issues, environmental history and sustainable farming and forestry. He holds a B.A., M.A. and Ph.D. from the Brandeis program in the History of American Civilization. He co-founded and for 12 years directed Land's Sake, a nonprofit community farm in Weston, Mass., and was director of education at The Land Institute in Salina, Kansas.
Donahue is the author of "Reclaiming the Commons: Community Farms and Forests in a New England Town" (1999), which won the 2000 Book Prize from the Society for the Preservation of New England Antiquities. His book "The Great Meadow: Farmers and the Land in Colonial Concord" (2004) won the 2004 Marsh Prize from the American Society for Environmental History, the 2005 Saloutos Prize from the Agricultural History Society and the 2004 Best Book Prize from the New England Historical Association.
His primary interest is the history and prospect of human engagement with the land.