William Cronon's Students
This page has become fairly long--one of the joys of my life has been the chance to work with some really wonderful students--so if you're looking for a particular person, it's probably easiest to use the search function in your browser to locate their name.
Students are listed in three blocks, each organized alphabetically:
UW-Madison Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies (Gregg Mitman, advisor)
Address: 175A Science Hall, 550 N. Park St., Madison, WI 53706
Fields of interest: environmental media and film, animal studies, environmental history, ecocriticism, environmental education
Current Project: Expanding off my work as programmer of the Tales from Planet Earth environmental film festival, I am working on a dissertation that examines the effects of films featuring wildlife on real-world conservation of species. Specifically, I am interested in how films are changing the definition of "charismatic megafauna" to become "celebrity species" and the resulting impacts on ecotourism, conservation science, and conservation activism.
UW Madison Geography Department
Address: 550 North Park St. Madison, WI 53706
Fields of Interest: food studies, sustainable agriculture, environmental history, political ecology.
Current Projects: My master's research focuses on relationships between farms and restaurants to ask what the urban farm-to-table movement has meant for rural producers. I am particularly interested in changing cultivation practices, ethical claims, and the role of both farms and restaurants in conveying ideas about local food.
UW-Madison History Department
Address: Dept. of History, 3211 Humanities Bldg, 455 N. Park St., Madison, WI 53706
Fields of Interest: environmental history; religious history; political history; and intellectual and cultural history
Current Project: My dissertation, tentatively titled “Am I My Planet’s Keeper? American Environmentalism and Religious Culture since the 1960s,” will narrate selected episodes when Americans’ environmental concerns have intersected with their religious commitments. Without pretending to be comprehensive, it will seek to understand some of the ways in which environmental and religious values have both clashed and corresponded with one another.
UW-Madison History Department
Email: scamacho AT wisc.edu
Address: Dept. of History, 3211 Humanities Bldg, 455 N. Park St., Madison, WI 53706
Fields of Interest: urban environmental history; the American West; historic preservation; environmental conservation; Chicago
UW-Madison Geography Department
Address: 550 N. Park Street, Madison, WI 53706
Fields of Interest: food systems, sustainable agriculture, political ecology, political theory, environmental history, intellectual and cultural history
Current Projects: My recently completed master's thesis, "Red, Blue, or Purple Produce?" examined how the values and motivations for participating farmers and consumers at Midwest farmers' markets intersected with their politics. I was specifically interested in the congruence amongst self-identified liberals and conservatives around food, politics, and the environment and argued that conservative views are more nuanced than many critics and scholars often acknowledge, in part because of the complexity of conservative intellectual history. I am currently developing a dissertation project that will further explore the themes listed above, possibly through a comparative study of the politics and foodways of diverse intentional communities or university campuses.
UW-Madison History Department
Address: 3211 Mosse Humanities Bldg, Box 5107, 455 North Park Street, Madison, WI 53706
Phone: (201) 247-9755
Fields of Interest: 20th century urban history; queer history and body theory; the built environment; spatial theory.
Current Projects: My MA thesis is entitled "Life on the Margins: The Contested Space of Greenwich Village's Hudson River Waterfront, 1890-2001." My thesis engages spatial and cultural theory to discuss the ways that New York City residents used and envisioned the waterfront in the wake of industry’s decline in the second half of the twentieth century. It explores how the creation of Hudson River Park in 2001 disrupted the communities of queer youth of color, transgender people, prostitutes, and other homeless and socially marginal people that had formed in the abandoned piers and warehouses of the waterfront.
My dissertation project will explore urban homelessness in the 1980s and 1990s.
Todd J. Goddard
UW-Madison Department of English (Russ Castronovo, advisor)
Address: Department of English, 7187 Helen C. White, 600 N. Park Street, Madison, WI 53706
Phone: (608) 263-3799
Fields of Interest: Nineteenth-century American literature; literature and the environment; cultural geography; literature and law
Dissertation: "A Property in the Horizon": Placelessness in Nineteenth-Century American Literature and Culture (Russ Castronovo, director)
Current Projects: My dissertation explores uprootedness, movement, and the erosion of place in nineteenth-century American literature and culture.
UW-Madison History Department
Email: sgreeney [at] wisc [dot] edu
Address: Dept. of History, Box 4081, 3211 Mosse Humanities Bldg, 455 N. Park Street, Madison WI 53706
Fields of Interest: 19th and 20th century U.S., history of home, aspirational landscapes, pedagogical reform movements
UW-Madison History Department
Address: 117 Bradley Memorial Building, 1225 Linden Dr., Madison, WI 53706
Fields of Interest: 19th and 20th century U.S., environmental history; the American West; women and gender
Current Projects: My dissertation on the consumer culture of outdoor recreation builds on my master's thesis "Synthetic Wilderness: Gore-Tex and the Paths to Mastery in Outdoor Recreation." The thesis examined the evolution of synthetic clothing and gear in wilderness recreation in the 1970s and 1980s. My dissertation shows how the process of selecting and purchasing outdoor clothing and gear has become central to the outdoor recreational experience since the late nineteenth century. What to buy has raised question about the role of technology in nature, who is an authority about nature experiences, and how to get back to nature the right way. Wilderness might seem far removed from consumption, but the marketplace of outdoor recreation was nonetheless persistently intertwined with the search for authentic wilderness experiences. My dissertation explores how Americans struggled with that tension.
UW-Madison History Department
Address: Dept. of History, 4055 Humanities Bldg, 455 N. Park St., Madison, WI 53706
Phone: (917) 886-4663
Fields of Interest: environmental history; race and ethnicity; the Civil War and Reconstruction; Atlantic slavery; environment and health; historical memory; GIS; progressive education.
Kelly A. King
UW-Madison History Department (co-advising with Susan Johnson)
Address: 631 W. Skelton St., Fayetteville, AR 72701
Phone: (479) 966-7127
Fields of Interest: environmental history, U.S. western history, history of medicine, history of science, Southwest, healthseeker, environment and health, food history, landscape studies
Current Projects: "From Last Resort to Restoration: The Transformation of the Southwest, 1850-1940," doctoral dissertation co-advised by William Cronon and Susan Johnson. I am a doctoral candidate in the UW-Madison Department of History studying U.S western and environmental history. My dissertation explores ideas of health and southwestern landscapes from the 1850s to the 1940s. It rests at the intersection of environmental history, history of science and medicine, and U.S. western history and draws upon theories of the body, medicine, and science in colonial settings. It foregrounds the discourses of health Anglo migrants used to understand the landscapes they encountered and explores the ways in which perceptions of healthfulness informed the remaking of regional identity, ethnic and racial identity, and social structures in the Southwest.
Christopher J. Limburg
UW-Madison Geography Department (co-advising with Matt Turner)
Address: 550 North Park St. Madison, WI, 53706
Fields of Interest: Himalaya, Buddhism, place, space, Nagas, and spiritual ecology
UW Madison Geography Department
Address: Science Hall, 550 N. Park Street, Madison, WI 53706
Fields of Interest: health and environment, permeability, environmental borderlands, wetlands, water, Mississippi River, Louisiana.
Current Projects: My dissertation is a historical geography of water in the greater Mississippi River delta from about 1850 to the present. My research draw on literatures in cultural and historical geography, environmental history, and the history of science to explore the ways water moves across social and physical boundaries that people have taken for granted over time.
Jennifer Adams Martin
UW-Madison History Department
Address: University of Wisconsin, 470 Science Hall, 550 North Park Street, Madison, WI 53706
Fields of interest: environmental history, U.S. West, history of science, animal studies, cultural history, and service learning
Current Projects: Ph.D. Dissertation (in progress): "The Slicing Fin: The Transformation of Sharks from Killing Machines to Endangered Species in American Culture." My dissertation explores how Americans' ideas about sharks—as garbage fish, perfectly-evolved killing machines, endangered marine predators, or luxury consumer goods—have expressed themselves via scientific, cultural, and commercial practices. I argue that these historical relationships have contributed to steep declines in many shark populations in unexpected and complicated ways.
Garrett Dash Nelson
UW-Madison Geography Department
http://people.matinic.us/garrett (personal page, CV)
Address: Science Hall, 550 N Park St, Madison WI 53706
Phone: (603) 233-6213
Fields of Interest: historical geography, landscape history, social theory and philosophy, North America, parks and gardens, reform movements and utopias, rural studies
UW-Madison History Department
Address: Dept. of History, 3211 Mosse Humanities Building, 455 N. Park Street, Madison, WI 53706
Phone: (920) 851-3912
Fields of Interest: twentieth-century U.S. history, environmental history, post-industrial environments, mining, environmental restoration, the Upper Peninsula of Michigan (UP)
Current Projects: I am currently researching environmental restoration in the Upper Peninsula's iron and copper ranges following the decline of mining in the twentieth century. This study focuses on human efforts to reshape mining-damaged lands into ecologically-healthy public spaces. More broadly, the study will highlight the transformation of working space into recreational space and locate this transformation's significance to the Upper Peninsula's regional culture.
UW-Madison History of Science Department (Gregg Mitman, dissertation director)
Fields of Interest: history of science, history of biology, US and Caribbean environmental history, science and empire, US in the world, cultural and intellectual history, 19th century, 20th century
Current Project: My dissertation explores the history of US tropical biology in the Caribbean area. Tropical biology emerged in the 20th century in tandem with US economic expansion into this region. This interdisciplinary field became institutionalized through the establishment of tropical research stations. Using the history of US stations in this region as a lens, my dissertation examines the history of US science and empire, the role of place in shaping scientific practice, and the history of ideas about nature in the tropics. I focus especially on Barro Colorado Island, Panama, and the Harvard Station at Soledad, Cienfuegos, Cuba, which were both administered by the Harvard biologist Thomas Barbour. While attentive to the practice of science at these locales, I also situate science at these locations within regional and global scientific and economic networks. I argue that 20th-century station science in the Caribbean shaped both ideas about tropical biodiversity and the institutions that seek to study and conserve it today.
UW-Madison History of Science Department (co-advising with Gregg Mitman)
Address: Department of the History of Science, Bradley Memorial Building, 1225 Linden Dr., Madison, WI 53706
Fields of Interest: environmental history, agricultural/rural history, history of medicine and public health, 20th-century U.S., food and nutrition history, US in the world, environment and health
Current Project: I recently completed a master's thesis on pellagra (a disease caused by a vitamin B3 deficiency) in the American South during the first decades of the twentieth century. My research examines the ways in which health experts drew on tropical medicine, home economics, and the social sciences to understand and prevent pellagra. I am currently working on expanding this project into a dissertation on the ways that people experience and understand malnutrition and hunger in different landscapes of poverty.
UW Madison Geography Department
Fields of Interest: environmental history, American West, urban parks and planning history, connection to nature.
UW-Madison History Department
Address: 3211 Mosse Humanities Bldg., Box 5104, 455 N. Park St., Madison, WI 53706
Fields of Interest: Nineteenth-century U.S.; environmental history; political history; public lands; U.S. West; Mexico; borderlands
Current Projects: My master's thesis examines Jacksonian Democracy through the prism of a controversial public land auction in Mississippi in 1833. I argue that the boundaries between squatters, speculators, and leading national statesmen grew increasingly porous during this time, and that their interests aligned to significantly influence the politics of the period. At its core, the thesis meditates on the dialectic between rule of law and lawlessness that marked nineteenth-century U.S. nation-building and westward expansion.
UW-Madison History Department (Susan Johnson, advisor)
Address: Dept. of History, 3211 Humanities Bldg, 455 N. Park St., Madison, WI 53706
Phone: (608) 658-5039
Fields of Interest: American West; Native American history; Wisconsin history; spatial theory, (place-making); environmental history
Current Projects: My dissertation, in progress, explores the role of storytelling in the place-making process. It is entitled, "Restorying a Colonized Landscape: Indians, Archaeologists, and Place Narratives in Wisconsin,1830s-1920s." Throughout the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, non-Indians played an active role in the wide-spread narrative phenomenon of storying Indians out of the land. This dissertation examines the origin of this phenomenon in the 1830s, when Ho-Chunk removal and early newcomer settlement of their ancestral lands overlapped in Wisconsin's Rock-river country. Even though their physical removal west ofthe Mississippi failed, Ho-Chunks were effectively removed from the region's history in place-stories told by non-Native newcomers. Settler stories also obscured potential Ho-Chunk authorship of the area's man-made mounds, which numbered in the thousands. By the early twentieth century, such place-stories limited the very real claims the Ho-Chunk could make to their ancestral homelands in southern and central Wisconsin. Only then did the collaborative work between early-twentieth-century amateur archaeologists and Ho-Chunks create a meaningful opportunity for the region's Indigenous people to re-story the mounds as their own and thus reassert their claims to and belonging in this Native landscape.
UW-Madison History Department
Address: Dept. of History, 3211 Mosse Humanities Building, 455 N. Park Street, Madison, WI 53706
Phone: (717) 712-2131
Fields of Interest: Environmental history, the long 18th century, seasonality, land use
Current Projects: I am currently researching seasonality among British colonial settlers in Massachusetts, Maryland, and South Carolina during the long 18th century.
UW-Madison History of Science, Medicine, and Technology (Gregg Mitman, advisor)
Email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Physical Address: Department of the History of Science, Bradley Memorial Building, 1225 Linden Dr., Madison, WI 53706
Fields of Interest: environmental history, twentieth-century US scientific expertise, history of public health, food history, consumer history
Current Projects: I'm currently beginning work on a dissertation focused on the history of canning in America, with special attention to how scientific research, gendered consumer expectations, public health concerns, industry-government relations, and changing agricultural connections shaped the incorporation of this first packaged food into the American diet.
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Past Students Whose
Dissertations I Directed
(listed alphabetically; date of dissertation provided in each entry)
Thomas G. Andrews
Assistant Professor of History, University of Colorado Denver
Address: Department of History, University of Colorado Denver, Campus Box 182, P.O. Box 173364, Denver, CO, 80217-3364
Phone: (303) 556-2419 (office)
Fields of interest: environmental history; history of the American West; labor history; Native American history; animal history; history education; suburban history
Dissertation: “The Road to Ludlow: Work, Environment, and Industrialization in Southern Colorado, 1870-1914,” University of Wisconsin-Madison History Department, 2003 (published as Kllling for Coal: America's Deadliest Labor War, Harvard University Press, 2008).
Current Projects: I'm in the early stages of conceptualizing a book on race, nature, and suburbanization; an animal history of the United States; and a narrative history that uses a little-known railroad survey conducted in 1867 to explore the intersection of experience, history, and memory in the American West and Mexican North.
William Cameron Barnett
North Central College History Department
Dissertation: "From Gateway to Getaway: Labor, Leisure, and Environment in American Maritime Cities," University of Wisconsin-Madison History Department, 2005.
Address: 302 S. Cassady Ave. Columbus, OH 43209
Phone: (614) 599-0826
Fields of Interest: U.S. West, American Indian History, environmental history, mapping and cartography, photography
Dissertation: "How the West was Drawn: Maps, Indians, and the Construction of the Trans-Mississippi West," University of Wisconsin-Madison History Department, 2011.
Current Projects: In addition to turning the dissertation into a book, I am traveling around Ohio, retracing a guide book published in 1940 as part of the Federal Writers' Project (http://davidbernstein.net/current-projects/).
University of Maryland, Baltimore County, Department of Geography and Environmental Systems
Email: email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org
Address (office): 211 Sondheim Hall, 1000 Hilltop Circle, Baltimore, MD USA 21250
Phone (office): 410-455-2095
Fields of interest: US urban environmental history, environment and health, environmental justice, urban social geography, housing, human-animal interactions
Dissertation: "In the Crevices of the City: Public Health, Urban Housing, and the Creatures We Call Pests, 1900-2000," University of Wisconsin-Madison Geography Department, 2007.
Current projects: I am currently revising my doctoral dissertation, which is an environmental history of public health pests and pest control in US cities and suburbs since about 1900. In it I examine animals such as roaches, rats, bedbugs, mosquitoes, and house flies, and the technologies and methods people have used to manage them. I am interested in the ways institutions, especially local public health departments and environmental regulators, along with residents, have grappled with the need to understand the behavior of animals and chemicals in the environments of home and neighborhood. In this project I seek to bring not only animals and health, but also housing, household chemicals, and infectious disease into environmental history.
Saint Louis University, Associate Professor
Address: 3800 Lindell Boulevard, Saint Louis, MO 63108
Phone: (314) 977-2904
Fields of Interest: American West, American Southwest, borderlands, environmental history, cultural history, gender, visual culture, scholarship of history teaching and learning
Dissertation: "Finding What They Came For: The Mabel Dodge Luhan Circle and the Making of a Modern Place, 1912-1930," University of Wisconsin-Madison History Department, 2002 (published as From Greenwich Village to Taos: Primitivism and Place at Mabel Dodge Luhan's, University Press of Kansas, 2008).
Current Projects and Interests: 1) a book-length cultural history of the twentieth-century American Southwest; 2) a study of how westerners have viewed the American East, tentatively titled "Back East;" 3) an article addressing the counterculture and the natural childbirth movement of the 1970s; 4) a series of articles on my work in the scholarship of history teaching and learning.
University of Wisconsin-Madison Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies, Visiting Assistant Professor
Address: 1225 E. Dayton St. Madison, WI 53703
Fields of Interest: environmental history, environmental humanities, print culture, history of business and consumer culture
Dissertation: "Looking for Organic America: J.I. Rodale, The Rodale Press, and the Popular Culture of Environmentalism in the Postwar United States," University of Wisconsin-Madison History Department, 2012.
Joseph F. Cullon
Dartmouth College History Department
Address: 6107 Carson Hall, Hanover, NH 03755
Phone: (603) 646-1938 (office)
Fields of Interest: Early American environmental, economic, and maritime history.
Dissertation: "Colonial Shipwrights and Their World: Men, Women, and Markets in Early New England," University of Wisconsin-Madison History Department, 2003.
Current Projects: Shipbuilding Unviel'd: Maritime Artisans and Economic Culture in Colonial New England. This book-length manuscript poses then resolves the problem of how an English settler population with little maritime experience became the most important colonial center of maritime manufacturing in just more than sixty years. In addition, Joe is at work on the material and symbolic uses of accounting in revolutionary American as well as on the public market riots in eighteenth-century Boston.
Christine B. Damrow
CV: html pdf
2150 Winnebago St., La Crosse, WI 54601
Phone: (608) 782-1886
Fields of Interest: environmental history, social history, history of education, environmental education, 20th-century U.S.
Dissertation: "'Every Child in a Garden': Radishes, Avocado Pits, and the Education of American Children in the Twentieth Century," University of Wisconsin-Madison History Department, 2005.
Century College History Department
Address: History Department, Century College, 3300 Century Ave. N, White Bear Lake, Minnesota, 55110
Fields of Interest: Most of my audience is students who I try to convince that History is the best story around. I also do research into the environmental history of Minnesota (which is a far more interesting place than Wisconsin!).
Dissertation: "An Empire in Waiting: Northern Wisconsin's Lake Country, 1880-1940," University of Wisconsin-Madison History Department, 1997.
Current Projects: I have presented several papers on duck-hunting in southwestern Minnesota and have a forthcoming article on it in Minnesota History. I am now working on a paper and possible article on open space issues in St. Paul since 1975. I also have a project researching Minnesota's early game wardens.
University of Michigan
Associate Dean for Undergraduate Education, College of Literature, Science, and the Arts
Carroll Smith-Rosenberg Collegiate Professor, Department of History and Program in American Culture
Address: Program in American Culture 3700 Haven Hall 505 State Street, Ann Arbor, MI 48109
Fields of Interest: American Cultural History, Environment, Native American, Methodology
Dissertation: "Playing Indian: Appropriation and Otherness in the Performance of American Indian Identity," Yale University (co-directed with Howard Lamar), 1994 (published as Playing Indian, Yale University Press, 1998, winner of a 1999 Gustavus Myers Outstanding Book Award from the Gustavus Myers Center for the Study of Bigotry and Human Rights).
Current Projects: My second book was Indians in Unexpected Places (Kansas, 2004), which explores the shifts in the ideologies and expectations attached to Indian people at the turn of the twentieth century--and the ways Native artists, singers, actors, athletes, and early adopters of technology challenged and lived within those expectations. My current project is curatorial, an examination of the unknown works of Mary Sully, a vernacular American Indian artist active in the 1930s.
Visiting Assistant Professor, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, Program in the History of Science and Technology
Fields of Interest: environmental history, rural and agricultural history, intellectual history, and twentieth-century history
Dissertation: "Nightmares of Rural Life: Fearing the Future in the Transition from Country Life to the Family Farm, 1890-1960", University of Wisconsin-Madison History Department, 2011
Current Project: I am revising my dissertation for publication, which looks at the development of rural sociology from the Progressive Era until the early years of the Cold War. Surprisingly, it finds that the family farm was not a central object of concern for the discipline until the years leading up to World War II. Rather, early social scientists such as Liberty Hyde Bailey and Charles Galpin worried that "family farm values" such as independence and self-reliance were out dated in an era dominated by trusts, corporations, and other forms of collective enterprise. A second generation breathed new life into these values, however, as they became increasingly eager to distinguish industrial agriculture in the U.S. from that under authoritarian regimes in Europe. As a result, key figures such as Carl Taylor and Carle Zimmerman reversed the stance of a previous generation. They saw the nuclear family farm as a bastion of individualism amid the conformity and creeping totalitarianism of postwar mass society. Between 1890 and 1960, rural sociologists, by and large, went from fearing for the future of individual farms to fearing for the future if the family farm no longer supported individualism.
James W. Feldman
University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh History and Environmental Studies
Fields of Interest:
American and world environmental history, 20th Century U.S., U.S. West
Dissertation: "Rewilding the Islands: Nature, History, and Wilderness at Apostle Islands National Lakeshore," University of Wisconsin-Madison History Department (co-directed with Nancy Langston), 2004 (published as A Storied Wilderness: Rewilding the Apostle Islands, University of Washington Press, 2011).
Amy S. Green
Dissertation: "Savage Childhood: The Scientific Construction of Girlhood and Boyhood in the Progressive Era," Yale University, 1995.
Historical Research Associates, Inc., Missoula, MT
125 Bank Street, 5th Floor, Missoula, MT 59802
Fields of Interest:
Native American History, Environmental History, Federal Indian Policy, Indian Law, Environmental Law
Dissertation: "Allotment in Severalty: Decision-Making During the Dawes Act Era on the Nez Perce, Jicarilla Apache, and Cheyenne River Sioux Reservations," Yale University, 1994 (published as Reconfiguring the Reservation: The Nez Perces, Jicarilla Apaches, and the Dawes Act, Albuquerque, NM: University of New Mexico Press, 2002).
I work as a consultant doing historical research and writing, largely related to Iitigation in Native American and environmental issues. Outside of my consulting work, I am interested in the history of photography and national parks tourism.
The Evergreen State College, Geography / Native American & World Indigenous Peoples Studies
Address: Lab 1, Room 3015, The Evergreen State College, 2700 Evergreen Parkway NW, Olympia, WA 98505
Phone: (360) 867-6153 (work)
Fields of Interest: Interethnic relations, Native American sovereignty, environmental justice, mapping and historical cartography
Dissertation: "Unlikely Alliances: Treaty Conflicts and Environmental Cooperation Between Native American and Rural White Communities," University of Wisconsin-Madison Geography Department, 2002.
Current Projects: Co-coordinating Climate Change and Pacific Rim Indigenous Nations Project http://academic.evergreen.edu/g/grossmaz/climate.html
Co-editor with Alan Parker of "Asserting Native Resilience: Pacific Rim Indigenous Nations Face the Climate Crisis" (Oregon State University Press, 2012) http://osupress.oregonstate.edu/book/asserting-native-resilience
Civilian Member of Board of Directors of G.I. Voice, which runs the veteran-owned "Coffee Strong" resource center next to Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Lakewood WA, http://www.coffeestrong.org
University of Zurich, Institute of Evolutionary Biology and Environmental Studies
Address: Institute of Evolutionary Biology and Environmental Studies, University of Zurich, Winterthurerstrasse 190, 8057 Zurich, Switzerland
Phone: +41 (044)635-4807
Fields of Interest: transatlantic environmental history; environmental restoration; parasites and parasitism; malaria; salvage ecology; Europe, Italy, Sardinia, U.S. West
Dissertation: "American Nature, Italian Culture: Restoring the Land in Two Continents," University of Wisconsin-Madison Institute for Environmental Studies, 1999 (co-directed with Nancy Langston), winner of the Rachel Carson Prize of the American Society for Environmental History; published as Earth Repair: A Transatlantic History of Environmental Restoration (U of Virginia Press, 2005), winner of the Antoinette Forester Downing Book Award of the Society of Architectural Historians for the "outstanding publication devoted to historical issues in the preservation field."
Other Books: M. Hall, ed., Restoration and History: The Search for a Usable Environmental Past (Routledge, 2010), and M. Armiero and M. Hall, eds., Nature and History in Modern Italy (Ohio U Press, 2010).
Current Projects: My latest book project is a cultural history of parasites, exploring the role of parasites in human history, and the role of humans as parasites in earthly history.
Kent Ridge Orchard, Cornwall, VT
Address: 51 North Pleasant St, Middlebury, VT 05753
Phone: (802) 989-7256
Fields of Interest: cultural and historical geography; environmental history; rural landscapes; New England
Dissertation: "Tourism and the Reworking of Rural Vermont, 1880-1980," University of Wisconsin-Madison Geography Department, 2003 (published as The View from Vermont: Tourism and the Making of an American Rural Landscape, University Press of New England, 2006).
Current Projects: After six years as a stay-at-home dad and part-time adjunct in Connecticut, I moved in 2011 with my family to Middlebury, Vermont, where my wife took a position as a librarian at Middlebury College. After many years away, I have now returned to working full-time, year-round in apple orchards. I currently help to manage orchards in both Middlebury and Cornwall, Vermont. My research and teaching in graduate school and beyond have explored the historical and cultural geography of North America, with a particular emphasis on New England, rural landscapes, tourism, amenity spaces, and the social contours of environmental debate. I have written articles on the historical and cultural geographies of New England for journals such as the Annals of the Association of American Geographers, Cultural Geographies, Journal of Historical Geography, Journal of Cultural Geography, and New England Geographies, among others. My first book, The View from Vermont: Tourism and the Making of an American Rural Landscape (University Press of New England, 2006), examines tourism's role in the production of rural landscapes and rural identity in American culture. My second book, A Landscape History of New England (MIT Press, 2011) was a co-edited volume with Richard Judd of the University of Maine. I have taught at Yale University, Southern Connecticut State University, Montana State University-Bozeman, and Quinnipiac University. I now enjoy connecting to nature and to the seasons in the landscape that I love the best.
History and Environmental Studies, Western Michigan University
Address: 3928 Wood Hall, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI 49008
Fields of Interest: environmental history; rural, Great Lakes/Upper Midwest, cultural geography, Environmental Studies, Canadian studies, Comparative regional history, GIS applications
Dissertation: "A Thousand Pieces of Paradise: Property, Nature, and Community in the Kickapoo Valley," University of Wisconsin-Madison Forestry Department (co-directed with Ray Guries), 2000; published as A Thousand Pieces of Paradise: Landscape and Property in the Kickapoo Valley, University of Wisconsin Press, 2005.
Current Projects: Currently I am carrying out research for a book on the environmental history of the Great Lakes region. Following that project, I plan to begin a book examining the Peace Corps.
Columbia University History Department and Center for the Study of Ethnicity and Race
Address: Columbia University, 425 Hamilton Hall, MC 2880, 1130 Amsterdam Avenue, New York, NY 10027
Dissertation: "The Recreation of Nature: A Social and Environmental History of American Conservation, 1872-1919," Yale University (co-directed with Howard Lamar), 1997 (winner of Yale's Porter, Beinecke, and Eggleston prizes; published as Crimes Against Nature: Squatters, Poachers, Thieves, and the Hidden History of American Conservation, University of California Press, 2001; co-winner of the George Perkins Marsh Prize of the American Society for Environmental History for the Best Book in Environmental History for 2001; winner of the Littleton-Griswold Prize of the American Historical Association for the best book on the history of American law and society published in 2001)
Current Projects: My next project, tentatively titled Passing the Line: A Trickster's Tale from the U.S.-Mexico Borderlands (under contract with W.W. Norton) explores race and ecology along the U.S.-Mexico border at the turn of the last century.
University of Wisconsin-Madison History Department and
Chican@ & Latin@ Studies Program
History Dept., Univ. of Wisconsin-Madison, 3221 Humanities, 455 N. Park St., Madison, WI 53706
Fields of Interest:
North American West, Race and Ethnicity, Gender and Sexuality
Dissertation: "'The Gold She Gathered': Difference, Domination, and California's Southern Mines, 1848-1853," Yale University (co-directed with Howard Lamar), 1993 (published as Roaring Camp: The Social World of the California Gold Rush, New York : W. W. Norton & Co., 2000; winner of the Bancroft Prize, 2001).
Current Projects: My current project is “A Traffic in Men: The Old Maid, the Housewife, and Their Great Westerner,” a critical biography that contextualizes the collaboration of two white women, published but amateur historians, who practiced what I conceptualize as a “traffic in men,” in part through their life-long fascination with the famous westerner Christopher “Kit” Carson. It examines relationships between women historians and male historical subjects, and between professional historians and their amateur counterparts. It explores the practice of history in the context of everyday life, the seductions of gender in the context of racialized power, and the spatial dimensions of 20th-century relationships predicated on 19th-century regional pasts.
University of Pennsylvania Department of History, Postdoctoral Fellow
Address: Department of History, University of Pennsylvania, College Hall 308F, Philadelphia, PA 19104
Fields of Interest: American Indian history; 19th and 20th century U.S.; the American West, frontiers, and borderlands; federal Indian law and policy; global indigenous studies; ethnohistory; public history; environmental history
Dissertation: "The Oneida Resurgence: Modern Indian Renewal in the Heart of America," University of Wisconsin-Madison History Department, 2012.
Current Projects: I am currently preparing a book about the resurgence of the Oneida Nation of Wisconsin, the expansion of tribal authority on the reservation over the course of the twentieth century, and the origins of an anti-sovereignty movement among non-Indian property owners within the reservation. I am also preparing articles about the erasure of colonial history in the American Midwest and the contemporary political uses of Native American history.
Chicago Historical Society
Chicago Historical Society, 1601 N. Clark Street, Chicago, IL 60614
Fields of Interest:
Urban, midwestern, social, political, environmental, cultural, twentieth-century, and recent U.S. history
Dissertation: "Up From the Prairie: Descriptions of Chicago and the Middle West in Popular Culture, 1865-1983," University of Wisconsin-Madison History Department, 2001.
In addition to continuing my role as Project Director of the online Encyclopedia of Chicago (www.encyclopedia.chicagohistory.org), I am working on a manuscript that explores depictions of Chicago and the Middle West in popular culture. I am also helping to develop tours of Chicago, including an excursion that focuses on the city's role in cinema and television.
Environmental Studies Program, Green Mountain College, Assistant Professor
Address: One Brennan Circle, Poultney, VT 05764
Phone: (802) 287-8384
Fields of Interest: Environmental history & policy, environmental justice, human dimensions of forest management
Dissertation: "The Tangled Roots of the Appalachian Trail: A Social and Environmental History," University of Wisconsin-Madison, Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies, Forest & Wildlife Ecology (co-directed with Nancy Langston), 2008 (to be published as Tangled Roots: The Appalachian Trail and the History of U.S. Environmental Politics, University of Washington Press, expected fall 2013 or spring 2014).
Current Projects: My research on the Appalachian Trail examined how conflict and cooperation between citizen volunteers, landowners, and government agencies helped to shape a new model for land conservation--the public-private partnership. I am currently working on a project that explores the emergence of woody biomass energy technologies in the Northern Forest. I am particularly interested in how people's perceptions of biomass energy changed over time, and how different views were influenced by broader cultural ideas, technological change, and state and national energy policies in the late twentieth century.
Milford B. Muskett
Dean of Social Sciences and Interdisciplinary Programs, Kirkwood Community College
Professor of Equity and Social Justice and American Indian Studies, Shoreline Community College
Address: Department of Social Sciences, Kirkwood Community College, 6301 Kirkwood Blvd. SW, Cedar Rapids IA 52406
Phone: (206) 271-8853
Dissertation: "Identity, Hózhó, Change, and Land: Navajo Environmental Perspectives," University of Wisconsin-Madison Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies, 2003.
University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, Department of Geography, Society and Environment
Address: 414 Social Sciences, 267 - 19th Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55455
Fields of Interest: political ecology, health geography, South Africa, livelihoods, health and healing, qualitative methods, international development
Dissertation: "Reconfiguring Pholela: Understanding the Relationships Between Health and Environment from the 1930s to the 1980s," University of Wisconsin-Madison Geography Department, 2011. My dissertation focuses on how local understandings about the relationships between health and environment in Pholela, South Africa changed over fifty years, starting in the mid-1930s. In grappling with these changes (how, when, why), I investigated local (Zulu-speaking) frameworks for understanding health and healing, as well as the implementation of a new form of social medicine called Community Oriented Primary (Health) Care. By focusing on a local protection ritual which was enacted with the help of an isangoma (a diviner or traditional healer) and the Pholela Community Health Centre's nutrition program, this dissertation reveals that nutrients like Vitamin A as well as witchcraft play as important a role in the story of knowledge formation in Pholela as do area residents, doctors, healers, and health educators.
Hannah Nyala West
Joshua Tree National Park
Address: P.O. Box 35, Twentynine Palms, CA 92277
Phone: (760) 577–8973
Fields of Interest: ethnographic and environmental history of the long 18th and 19th centuries, with particular emphasis on maritime, frontier/borderlands, colonial, and cross-species engagements; U.S. in the world; critical theory and practice of ethnographic and archival methods and narratives; culture, power, writing, violence, and belonging; gender and women's history; indigenous peoples and traditional knowledge; the social pragmatics of technology; public humanities.
Dissertation: "At Sea in the World (or, A Dissertation on the UnNatural Histories of a Ship): The Cruise of U.S. Frigate Essex, 1798–1837," University of Wisconsin-Madison History Department, 2012.
Current Projects: 1) revising "At Sea in the World" for publication; 2) serving as principal investigator with 14 tribes for research on two Traditional Cultural Place studies (Oasis of Mara and Queen Mountain) located on lands now known as Joshua Tree National Park; 3) serving as project manager for Desert Voices: Joshua Tree, an oral history program; 4) working on a scholarly monograph tentatively titled "No Terrain for the Timid: Theory and Practice of Oral Narratives for Public Lands"; 5) completing a journal article titled "Contending with Gender (Or, Riffing at the Beach): U.S. Frigate Essex at Taioha'e, 1813"; and 6) revising a general audience nonfiction book on subsistence tracking and violence in the Kalahari Desert.
Eric D. Olmanson
Fields of Interest: cultural and historical geography; environmental history; institutional history
Dissertation: "Romantics, Scientists, Boosters, and the Making of the Chequamegon Bay Region on the South Shore of Lake Superior, 1820-1920's," University of Wisconsin-Madison Geography Department, 2000 (winner of the Great Lakes American Studies & Ohio University Book Award, 2005; published as The Future City on the Inland Sea: A History of Imaginative Geographies of Lake Superior, Ohio University Press, 2007; awarded the John Brinckerhoff Jackson Prize by the Association of American Geographers, 2008).
Recent Work: http://www.environmentandsociety.org/exhibitions/railroad/overview
Current Project: Writing a book about the American Medical Center for Burma, 1945-1965.
Illinois State University History Department
Dissertation: "Consuming Colorado Landscapes, Leisure, and the Tourist Way of Life," University of Wisconsin-Madison History Department, 2002.
Writing, Public Humanities
Website: http://www.laobserved.com/intell/2010/01/green_me_up_jj_2.php; http://www.believermag.com/issues/200604/?read=article_price
Fields of Interest: environmental writing, environmental history, urban design, public space, Los Angeles, American West, popular culture, literary nonfiction
Dissertation: "Flight Maps: Encounters with Nature in Modern American Culture," Yale University, 1998 (winner of Yale's Eggleston and Porter prizes; published as Flight Maps: Adventures with Nature in Modern America, Basic Books, 1999).
Current Projects: Stop Saving the Planet!--& Other Tips for 21st-Century Environmentalists; Green Me Up, JJ (a not-quite green advice column); Your Malibu Beaches (iPhone app); LA River tours; Los Angeles Urban Rangers art collective; workshops, socially engaged participatory public art projects
Senior Curator of History, Oakland Museum of California
Address: 1000 Oak St., Oakland, CA 94607
Phone: (510) 318-8438 (office)
Fields of Interest: Mexican California, 19th century, Gender, Ethnicity, Pacific Rim
Dissertation: "The de la Guerra Family: Patriarchy and the Political Economy of California, 1800-1850," University of Wisconsin-Madison History Department, 2000 (published as The Father of All: The de la Guerra Family, Power, and Patriarchy in Mexican California, Berkeley: Huntington Library Press and University of California Press, 2009, winner of the William P. Clements Prize, Clements Center for Southwest Studies, 2009, and Ray Allen Billington Prize, Organization of American Historians, 2010).
Current Projects: I'm currently working on a major exhibition on the environmental history of the San Francisco Bay, set to open in September, 2013.
Michael J. Rawson
Brooklyn College and the CUNY Graduate Center History Departments
Address: Department of History, Brooklyn College, 2900 Bedford Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11210
Phone: (718) 951-5000, x1166 (office)
Fields of Interest: Environmental history; urban history; U.S. social and cultural history; utopian thought.
Dissertation: “Nature and the City: Boston and the Construction of the American Metropolis,” University of Wisconsin-Madison History Department, 2005; published as Eden on the Charles: The Making of Boston, Harvard University Press, 2010 (one of three finalists for Pulitzer Prize in History in 2010).
Worcester Polytechnic Institute Department of Humanities
Addresss: Department of Humanities, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, 100 Institute Road, Worcester, MA, 01609
Phone: Phone: (508)831-5871
Dissertation: "The Population Bomb: Population Growth, Globalization, and American Environmentalism, 1945-1980," University of Wisconsin-Madison History Department, 2005.
Fields of Interest: U.S. environmental history, the history of American foreign relations, twentieth-century America, American relations with the developing world, American debates about population growth, Nepal and American development projects there.
Smith College American Studies Program
Fields of Interest: Popular culture, media studies, cultural theory, environmental studies
Dissertation: "Nature's Evil Dreams: Disaster and America, 1871-1906," Yale University, 1996; published as The Culture of Calamity: Disaster & the Making of Modern America, University of Chicago Press, 2007.
Current Projects: "Making Sense of American Culture" (under contract with Blackwell Press); "Whatever Happened to the Underground?: A History of Subterranean American Art and Politics" (in progress).
Address: 13 Hamlin St., Orono, ME 04473
Thesis: "Dead Zones, Weed Nests, and Manure Mishaps: How Gardeners Cultivate Collective Place in Eagle Heights Community Gardens," University of Wisconsin-Madison Geography Department, 2011
Fields of Interest: community gardens, place, land management, agricultural history, food systems, environmental justice
Christopher C. Sellers
State University of New York, Stony Brook Department of History
Address: Department of History, Stony Brook University, Stony Brook, NY 11794
Phone: (631) 632-1412
Fields of Interest: Environmental history, legal history, policy, environmental justice, human rights, public health, toxics
Dissertation: "Manufacturing Disease: Experts and the Ailing American Worker," Yale University, 1991 (published as Hazards on the Job: From Industrial Disease to Environmental Health Science, Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 1997).
Current Projects: I have been writing essays and co-editing volumes on the intersections between environmental history and other history fields (including special issues of Business History Review and Osiris).
I'm now completing a project entitled "Unsettling Ground: Sprawl, Nature, and the Making of Environmentalism in PostWWII America," and have begun a new study on the passage of industrial hazards from the developed to the developing world.
The College of William and Mary, Professor of History
Address: The Lyon Gardiner Tyler Department of History, The College of William and Mary, Box 8795, Williamsburg, VA 23187-8795
Fields of interest: nineteenth-century social and cultural history
Dissertation: "'The Artificial River': The Erie Canal and the Paradoxes of Progress, 1817-1862," Yale University, 1993 (published as The Artificial River: The Erie Canal and the Paradox of Progress, 1817-1862, Hill & Wang, 1996).
Current Projects: "'Not a brother's war': America's Embattled Textbooks," an examination of how state-history textbooks have portrayed contested historical events from the 1860s through the present and the grassroots activism that they have provoked. I also continue to co-author Mary Beth Norton et al., A People and A Nation (in its tenth edition)
Assistant Professor of History, University at Albany (SUNY)
Address: 1400 Washington Avenue, Albany, NY 12208
Phone: (518) 442-5375
Fields of Interest: Environmental history; agriculture & rural life; twentieth-century US; public health.
Dissertation: "Perfecting Nature's Food: A Cultural and Environmental History of Milk, 1900-1975," University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2007.
Current Projects: My revised dissertation, Pure & Modern Milk: An Environmental History since 1900, is under contract with Oxford University Press. It combines environmental history with histories of technology and consumer culture to examine the surprisingly complex history of a
seemingly-simple food. I am also beginning research on an environmental history of the idea and practices of cleanliness in the United States in the twentieth century.
UW-Madison History Department
Address: 405 Overbrook Rd., Baltimore, MD, 21212.
Fields of Interest: 19th and 20th-century U.S. western and environmental history; urban water use and urban landscapes, particularly in the Southwest.
Dissertation: "Illusions of Abundance: Culture and Urban Water Use in the Arid Southwest," University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2007.
Current Projects: My dissertation explores the important but often overlooked role that cultural factors have played in shaping urban water use in the U.S. Southwest. Focusing on various water-intensive landscapes in Tucson, Phoenix and Las Vegas, my thesis aims to shed light on how an array of factors has influenced urban southwesterners' decisions about how to use scarce water resources.
Fordham University History Department
Fields of Interest:
environmental history, agriculture, political economy
Dissertation: "The Fruits of Natural Advantage: Horticulture and the Industrial Countryside in California," Yale University (co-directed with Howard Lamar), 1994 (winner of Yale's Beinecke Prize, the W. Turrentine Jackson Award of the Pacific Coast Branch of the AHA in 1995, and Yale's Heyman Prize for an outstanding manuscript on any subject in the humanities; published as The Fruits of Natural Advantage: Making the Industrial Countryside in California, Berkeley and Los Angeles: University of California Press, 1998).
The Great Delusion: A Mad Inventor, Death in the Tropics, and the Utopian Origins of Economic Growth (Hill & Wang, 2008) The book considers the idea of economic growth as it emerged during the 1830s and 1840s. It follows the life and career of John Adolphus Etzler, a German engineer and Hegelian idealist who emigrated to the United States in 1831 and who invented a machine, the Satellite, to eliminate all human labor. In the mix are the pervading thinking about physics, energy, the tropics, and material progress in general, toward a picture of what I call the "new materialism" of the nineteenth century.
University of Cincinnati History Department
Dissertation: "Civilized Air: Coal, Smoke, and Environmentalism in America, 1880-1920," University of Wisconsin-Madison History Department, 1996 (published as Smokestacks and Progressives: Environmentalists, Engineers, and Air Quality in America, 1881-1951, Johns Hopkins University Press, 1999).
Current Projects: My second book is Making Mountains: New York City and the Catskills (University of Washington Press, 2007), the research for which I used to help write The Nature of New York: An Environmental History of the Empire State (Cornell UP, 2010). I also edited two readers for the University of Washington Press: Conservation in the Progressive Era: Classic Texts (2004) and The Environmental Moment, 1968-1972 (2012). I am now writing Where the River Burns: Cleveland, Carl Stokes, and the Collapse of Urban America, which connects the urban and environmental crises and one administration's attempts to rebuild a much neglected landscape.
Associate Vice Chancellor of Teaching, Learning, and Academic Programs, University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point
Department of History and Office of Academic Affairs
Address: 202 Old Main, UW-Stevens Point, Stevens Point, WI 54481
Phone: (715) 346-4446 (office)
Fields of Interest: American environmental history, history of technology, consumer society
Dissertation: "A Place for Nature: The Industrial Origins of Environmental Politics," University of Wisconsin-Madison History Department, 2001 (published as Consuming Nature: Environmentalism in the Fox River Valley, 1850-1950, University Press of Kansas, 2006).
Current Projects: The Comforts of Nature: A Natural History of the American Home (in progress). While most books about the environment look to the wilderness as a standard against which to measure human society, this book looks instead to our houses. By exploring the history of American domestic life--and by asking how people participated firsthand in industrialization and the adoption of new technologies, urban and suburban development, and growing resource use and pollution--I hope to understand the meaning of nature in contemporary American culture.
Department of Geography, Penn State University
Email: email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
Address: 302 Walker Building, Penn State University, University Park, PA 16802
Keywords: historical geography, political ecology, sustainability, conservation, wildlife, hunting, environmental conflict, land use, wilderness, indigenous, subsistence, American West, Alaska, Great Plains
Dissertation: "Trouble in Paradise: Conflicts over Introduced Wildlife on Alaska's Kodiak Archipelago," University of Wisconsin-Madison Geography Department, 2012.
Current Projects: I am currently working on a book based on my dissertation research, tentatively entitled Wildlife is Wildlife: The Politics of Nature in a Changing Alaska. The book will explore the history of human-wildlife relationships on the Kodiak Archipelago to examine how, if at all, we use and manage "native" wildlife differently than "introduced" wildlife. It will include analyses of the development of Kodiak's trophy hunting industry, changes in subsistence livelihoods and regulations, the archipelago's evolving land ownership patterns and conservation policies, and state and federal wildlife management structures.
University of New Mexico, History Department
Address: Department of History, MSC06 3760, 1 University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM 87131-1181
Phone: 505-277-6210 (office)
Fields of Interest: Borderlands history, environmental history, U.S. West, Mexico, comparative frontiers and borderlands, transnational history, social and cultural history
Dissertation: "Neighbors by Nature: The Transformation of Land and Life in the U.S.-Mexico Borderlands, 1854-1910," Yale University (co-directed with Howard Lamar), 1997 (published as Fugitive Landscapes: The Forgotten History of the U.S.-Mexico Borderlands, Yale University Press, 2006).
Current Projects: I am working on two book-length projects. "Empire's Castaway: The Travels and Tangled Tales of an English Globetrotter who Became a Mexican Villager," approaches the global nineteenth century and its borderlands through the historical entanglements of an English sailor who navigated the maritime borderlands of the China Seas and Indian and Pacific Oceans before becoming a peasant villager in the U.S.-Mexico borderlands. "America's Ghosts: Ruins, Lost Worlds, and the Borderlands of Empire" explores the fascination with ruins and lost worlds on the frontiers of European and U.S. (territorial, commercial) expansion in North America, Mexico, and Central America from the sixteenth century forward.
UW-Madison History Department
CV: html pdf
Address: 98 Farm View Road, Bethany, CT 06524
Fields of Interest: Western, Native American, Colonial, Comparative, Race and Ethnicity, Environmental
Dissertation: "From Savagery to Slavery: Upper Louisiana and the American Nation," University of Wisconsin-Madison History Department, 2007.
Current Project: My dissertation observes the shifting cultural universe of Upper Louisiana, from 1764-1830. Two claims underlie it: that superior Indian power in the eighteenth century caused Upper Louisiana to develop a culture oriented toward Indians rather than toward European norms; and that Americans perceived the close relationship among Creoles and Indians and linked them rhetorically, and not approvingly, as much the same kind of people. To these claims are added a pair of interrelated arguments: that racialized ideas about appropriate agriculture were critical to the linking of Creoles and Indians in the American mind, and to debates over who ought to live in Upper Louisiana and whether they could own land or be citizens; and that Creole elites’ use of American anti-Indian prejudice to define Creoles as appropriate citizens and landholders constitutes an important and overlooked part of the construction of a white American identity in the early republic.
University of California, Davis History Department
Fields of Interest:
American West, environmental, Native American, California
Dissertation: "The Hunter's Game: Poachers, Conservationists, and Twentieth-Century America," Yale University (co-directed with Howard Lamar), 1994 (published as The Hunter's Game: Poachers and Conservationists in Twentieth-Century America, Yale University Press, 1997).
University of Oregon History Department
Address: 1288 University of Oregon, Eugene, OR 97403-1288
Phone: (541) 346-4824 (office)
Dissertation: "Diné Bikéyah: Environment, Cultural Identity, and Gender in Navajo Country," University of Wisconsin-Madison History Department, 2000 (published as Dreaming of Sheep in Navajo Country, University of Washington Press, 2009).
Fields of Interest: Environmental history, Southwest borderlands
Current Projects: "The River Runs Wild," an environmental and intellectual history of "wildness" along Western rivers; "Living Rivers," a collaborative project with Wiebke Boeing, David Cooper, William deBuys, John Dole, Matthew Johnson, David Taylor, and Ellen Wohl; "Simplify, Simplify!," essays on New Age environmentalism, including reclamation art and the Hoedads tree-planting collective.
Christopher W. Wells
Macalester College Department of Environmental Studies
Address: Department of Environmental Studies, 1600 Grand Ave., St. Paul, MN 55105
Phone: (651) 696-6803 (office)
Fields of Interest: environmental history; history of technology; consumer culture; green architecture; US since 1877
Dissertation: "Car Country: Automobiles, Roads, and the Shaping of the Modern American Landscape, 1890-1929," University of Wisconsin-Madison History Department (co-directed with Paul Boyer), 2004 (published as Car Country: An Environmental History, University of Washington Press, 2012).
Current Projects: "The Twin Cities and Greater Minnesota: An Environmental History" (edited book manuscript in progress, co-edited with George Vrtis); I am also in the early stages of a new book project examining the idea of "building with nature" in American domestic architecture.
University of Southern California Department of History
Address: Department of History, University of Southern California, Social Sciences 152, 3502 Trousdale Pkwy., Los Angeles, CA, 90089
Fields of Interest: U.S. environmental history; cultural and intellectual history; political history, the twentieth century.
Dissertation: "A Subversive Nature: Radical Environmentalism in the Late-Twentieth-Century United States," University of Wisconsin-Madison Department of History, 2010.
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Ryan M. Acton
University of California-Berkeley, History Department
Fields of Interest: intellectual history; critical and social theory; aesthetics; sexuality
Current Projects: history of desire
Headwaters Economics, Associate Director
Address: P.O. Box 7059, Bozeman, MT, 59771
Phone: (406) 599-7423
Fields of Interest: rural development, land management
Current Projects: energy development, wildfire, and public lands planning in the West
Director, Institute for Sustainable Solutions, and Associate Professor, Mark O. Hatfield School of Government, Portland State University
Address: Box 751, Mail Code SUST, Portland State University, Portland, OR 97207-0751
Phone: (503) 725-8546
Fields of Interest: sustainable economic development, urban-rural connections, chemicals policy and non-regulatory approaches to toxics management, integration of sustainability into higher education
Current Projects: Directing campus-wide sustainability institute focused on education, research and community engagement, urban sustainability, urban-rural initiatives.
Edward J. Balleisen
Duke University History Professor, Associate Professor
Address: 210 Carr Building, Dept. of History, Duke University, Durham, NC 27708
Fields of Interest: American Economic Culture/Institutions, American Law and Society
Current Projects: A History of Commercial Fraud in America, 1815 to the present
Independent writer of fiction and creative writing, teacher at Harvard, NYU, and Boston University
Addresses: 237 W. 109th St., Apt. 4D, New York, NY 10025 (home)
Phone: (212) 662-2008 (home) or (617) 519-8350 (cell)
Fields of Interest: Contemporary American fiction. Author of Before Hiroshima: The Confession of Murayama Kazuo and Other Stories; and Blind Speed: a novel. Particular interest in the writers John Cheever, Saul Bellow, John Updike, Philip Roth, Thomas Pynchon, Don DeLillo, George Saunders, and Ishmael Reed.
University of South Florida Department of Humanities and Cultural Studies
Address: Dept. of Humanities and American Studies, CPR 107, University of South Florida, Tampa, FL 33620
Fields of Interest: 20th-century American culture; 19th-century American culture; environmental history;
U.S. – Mexico transnationalism
Current projects: history of U.S.-Mexico cultural interaction, 1930s through 1950s; Cultural history of the lie-detector machine.
Associate Professor, Georgetown University History Department
Address: Department of History, Georgetown University, ICC 600, 3700 O Street NW, Washington, DC 20057
Phone: (202) 687-8896
Fields of Interests: U.S. women's history; American West; history of race and immigration; Gilded Age and Progressive Era America
Dissertation: "What about Women in the 'White Man's Camp'?: Gender, Nation, and the Redefinition of Race in Cochise County, Arizona, 1853-1941." (2002) (published in 2009; see below). Dissertation Committee: Professors Linda Gordon (Chair), William Cronon, Susan L. Johnson, Camille Guerin-Gonzales (Chicano/a Studies), and Arnold Alanen (Landscape Architecture).
Current work: My first book, Borderline Americans: Racial Division and Labor War in the Arizona Borderlands (Harvard University Press, April 2009, paperback 2011), explores the changing meanings of race in America through the microcosm of southeastern Arizona's mine and ranch country. More recently I have published articles on immigration history and Arizona border politics. My current research examines the history of the U.S. Congress's Dillingham Commission, which conducted a massive study of immigration in the early twentieth century. Its findings paved the way for the immigration restrictions of 1920s that ended mass migration to the United States until the 1960s.
Eric D. Carter
Macalester College, Geography Department
Address: 1600 Grand Ave, Saint Paul, MN 55105
Phone: (651) 696-6407
Fields of interest: medical geography, historical geography, political ecology, Latin America
Dissertation: "Disease, Science, and Regional Development: Malaria Control in Northwest Argentina, 1890-1950," published (after substantial revision) as Enemy in the Blood: Malaria, Environment, and Development in Argentina (University of Alabama Press, 2012).
Current projects: Malaria control and ecological thought in the Tennessee Valley Authority; malaria control, DDT, and risk in developing countries; environmental values, attitudes, and politics among Latino immigrants in the United States.
University of Minnesota History Department
Phone: (641) 269-4366
Fields of Interest: West, American Empire and colonialism, race, rural, class, American Indian, African American, Oklahoma, Hawaii, Native Hawaiian
Current Projects: The Color of the Land: Race, Nation, and Rural Class Conflict in Eastern Oklahoma, 1860-1940. In The Color of the Land, I examine the interaction of class, nationalism, and the politics of race in America. Using the case of the Muskogee (Creek) Nation and its neighbors in eastern Oklahoma, I demonstrate how rural class conflict shaped the ways that Native Americans, African Americans, and whites defined the political meaning of their racial and national identities.
Catherine A. Corman
Adjunct, American Studies, University of Massachusetts Boston.
Phone: (617) 549-5756
Fields of Interest: American social and cultural history, contemporary issues in social justice.
Current project: "In the Midst," an audio series focusing on the life of Barbara Beach Alter, 91, a left-leaning American Presbyterian missionary who spent 35 years living in India and never converted anyone — on purpose.
Abigail S. Crouse
Attorney, Gray, Plant, Mooty, Mooty & Bennett, P.A.
Address: 500 IDS Center, 80 South Eighth Street, Minneapolis, MN 55402
Phone: (612)632.3044 (work)
Fields of interest: Higher Education Law and Employment Law
Wildlife and Clean Energy Policy Advisor, The Wilderness Society
Address: 1615 M Street NW, Washington, DC, 20036
Phone: (970) 379-4862
Thesis Title: "The Tennessee Valley Authority, A Study in National Defense 1933-1959", University of Wisconsin-Madison Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies, 2010.
Fields of interest: energy and environmental history, the rural American South, environmental filmmaking, earthworks/land art.
Analyst at Owens Corning
Fields of Interest: Professional areas of interest include innovation in sustainable building products, technologies, and techniques. Personal interests include community involvement in local history and historic preservation efforts in northwest Ohio.
Director of Development, The Bridger Ski Foundation
Address: P.O. Box 1243, Bozeman, MT 59771
Phone: (406) 599-4426
Fields of Interest: quiet recreation, youth fitness, land conservation, wilderness protection, national parks, public land management, environment, environmental history, wildlife management, wolves, Native Americans, history of the American West, and women in the American West.
Yale Undergraduate Thesis: "More than Camp Followers: Army Wives on the Western Frontier"
University of New Hampshire , Associate Professor
Address: 20 College Road, Durham, NH, 03824
Phone: (603) 862-3022
Fields of Interest: U.S. foreign policy; environmental diplomacy
Current Project: My current project is a diplomatic and environmental history of Antarctic whaling in the 20th century.
Alexander J. Felson
Assistant Professor, Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies & Yale School of Architecture
Email addresses: email@example.com
Websites: www.uedlab.yale.edu; www.planetaryone.com
Address: 195 Prospect Street, Room 135, New Haven, CT 06511
Phone: (203) 436-5120
Fields of Interest: urban ecology, constructed ecosystems, landscape architecture, designed experiments, green infrastructure, amphibians and suburbanization
Dissertation: "The University of Wisconsin Campus: A Case Study of Human Action and Landscape Change" (University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2005)
Current Projects: PlaNYC Reforestation and New York City Afforestation Project; Museum of Modern Art Foreclosed: Rehousing the American Dream, Rialto, CA; Connecticut Coastal Resilience Plan with the Nature Conservancy; Seaside Village Collective Stormwater Bioswales built in Bridgeport CT.
Pam Foster Felt
Wisconsin Department of Natural Resoruces,
Knowles-Nelson Stewardship Fund Nonprofit Grant Manager
Address: Wisconsin DNR 101 S. Webster, P.O. Box 7921 Madison, WI 53707-7921
Phone: office - (608) 266-0868 cell - (608) 334-8929
Fields of Interest: land conservation, conservation easements, land trusts
Current projects: Manage a state grant program funding nonprofit land acquisition for permanent conservation.
University of Indianapolis History Department
Fields of Interest: African American history, Gilded Age, Progressive Era, 20th century U.S. history, midwestern history
Jean S. Fraser
Chief, San Mateo County Health System
Address: 225 36th Avenue, San Mateo, CE 94403
Phone: (650) 573-2585
Fields of Interest: Getting to universal health care; urban planning, especially transportation planning to encourage biking, public transit use, pedestrian activity; people's relationship to their physical landscape and how it affects them emotionally and physically.
Current Projects: Achieving universal health insurance for children in San Francisco (done); helping progressive Mayor develop universal access model on local level (done); getting San Francisco to live up to its progressive vision by promoting biking, public transit, and pedestrian activity (ongoing); dealing with California budget crisis and how it impacts California counties, particularly health departments.
Ph.D. Candidate, Department of Molecular Biophysics and Biochemsitry, Yale University
Fields of Interest: amyloid proteins, protein misfolding, kinetics and thermodynamics, macromolecular self-assembly, biophysics
Current Project: Ph.D. dissertation, "Thermodynamic origins of amyloid fiber stability." I am interested in what the driving thermodyanmic forces underlying amyloid fiber formation are, and whether the fiber state is actually the most thermodynamically stable or whether it represents a kinetically trapped state. These biophysical studies of amyloid formation should lead to an insight into the many diseases associated with amyloid proteins, including Alzheimer's disease, Creutzfeldt-Jacob disease, and type II diabetes.
Yale University History Department
Address: Department of History, Yale University, P.O. Box 208324, New Haven, CT, 06520
Fields of interest: U.S. social and political history, global history
Current projects: I am working on my dissertation, a political-movement history of the Popular Front. I am also working on a project concerning political economy along the nineteenth-century Mississippi River, beginning in Spanish Louisiana and finishing in southwestern Wisconsin mining country.
Michael Lewis Goldberg
Associate Professor, Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences Program/American Studies concentration, University of Washington, Bothell; Graduate Faculty, University of Washington
Address: Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences, University of Washington, Bothell, Box 358530, 18115 Campus Way NE, Bothell, WA 98011-8246
Fields of Interest : gender; popular culture/cultural studies; film studies; American Studies method; literary analysis; meanings of “nature” and their relationship to environmental policy; historical thinking; scholarship of teaching and learning/learning theory/educational technology; assessment practices; and information literacy and research/writingskills.
Dissertation: “An Army of Women: Gender Relations and Politics in Kansas Populism, the Woman Movement, and the Republican Party, 1879-1896" published as An Army of Women: Gender and Politics in Gilded Age Kansas (Johns Hopkins, 1995).
Current Projects: I am currently spending most of my time on the scholarship of teaching and learning, including designing a database-driven teaching and learning system for historical study. My research includes gauging the effectiveness of teaching historical concepts and skills for transferable learning, rethinking educational “efficiency” and “accountability” in “holistic” terms, and probing the disconnect between underlying student desires and fears and their stated motivations. I am also studying problems of disconnected cause-effect analysis in college-level U.S. history textbooks and the lack of impact by the scholarship of textbook effectiveness on textbook writers and the textbook industry.
Assistant Professor, Department of History, Carleton University
Email address: Michel_Hogue@carleton.ca
Physical Address: Department of History, 400 Paterson Hall, Carleton University, 1125 Colonel By Drive, Ottawa, Ontario, K1S 5B6, CANADA
Fields of Interest: American Indian/Indigenous history, North American West, Canadian history, borderlands, environmental history, race & ethnicity
Dissertation: Between Race and Nation: The Plains Métis and the Canada-United States Border, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2009.
Founder, Chairman, and CEO, 21st Century Parks, Inc.
Address: 471 West Main Street, Suite 202, Louisville, KY, 40223
Phone: (502) 584-0350
Fields of Interest: sustainable design; urban parks; the future city; natural history of the Ohio River Valley; environmental history; frontier history; urban history.
Dissertation: “The Panorama From Point Sublime: John Wesley Powell’s ‘Religion of Science’ and the Intellectual Origins of His Arid Lands Reforms”
Current Project: Founder and CEO of 21st Century Parks, Inc, a non-profit corporation dedicated to the preservation of open space and the creation of new parks in Louisville, Kentucky. To date, we have raised over $60,000,000 and preserved over 3000 acres of new parkland, creating one of the largest metropolitan park projects in the country. Our ultimate purpose is the reintegration of nature and sustainable design into urban planning and growth, not as an exercise, but through the shaping of 21st century cities by creating, funding, and developing large parks and open space systems.
Teresa B. Jones
Greenfield Community College, Science Department
Program Coordinator, Renewable Energy / Energy Efficiency
Address: One College Drive, Greenfield, MA 01301
Phone: (413) 775-1462
Fields of Interest: Renewable Energy / Energy Efficiency; green jobs; plant biology; sustainable agriculture
Current Project: Our "Sustainable Practices in Construction" initiative strives to integrate academic education and workforce training to give career entry and lifelong advancement opportunities to our residents and help grow a sustainable economy in our region. We are also working to advance sustainable insitutional practices at GCC to offer leadership in energy use/carbon reduction and keep costs of higher education as low as possible. (GCC is the only higher educational institution in Franklin County, the poorest county in Massachusetts). The next phase in my work will include oversight of design and construction of an 'energy neutral' greenhouse on campus and reinventing the plant science curriculum.
Brandeis University History Department, Associate Professor
Address: Department of History, Mailstop 036, Brandeis University, Waltham, MA 02454-9110
Fields of Interest: colonial American, early American republic, cultural history
Current Project: The Exchange Artist: A Story of Paper, Bricks, and Ash in Early National American (Viking, forthcoming 2007)
Traveling in Asia, starting dual-degree program in law and public administration in 2006
Fields of interest: Creating and maintaining communities and improving social welfare. Non-profit management, public policy, and social entrepreneurship in the areas of international sustainable development and health care policy.
Mary Lammert Khoury
The Nature Conservancy, Great Lakes Program, Aquatic Ecologist
Address: 8 S. Michigan Ave., Suite 2301, Chicago, IL 60603
Phone: (312) 759-8017 x. 16
Fields of Interest: Conservation, Great Lakes, Stream Ecology, Biodiversity
Current Projects: Freshwater biodiversity conservation of Great Lakes
Rev. Katie Givens Kime
Trinity Presbyterian Church, Atlanta GA, Associate Pastor for Adult Ministries
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com
Address: 3003 Howell Mill Rd NW, Atlanta GA 30327
Fields of Interest: Interfaith relations; sustainable environmental practices as theological priorities for religious communities; international relief & development efforts; adult religious education
Global Compliance Group, GE Healthcare
Address: 9900 W. Innovation Drive, Wauwatosa, WI 53226
Phone: (414) 721-3454
Other Degrees: JD (University of Minnesota Law School); MPH (Boston University)
Fields of Interest: law & bioscience; bioethics; health policy; healthcare compliance; healthcare fraud & abuse; FDA regulatory policy
Community GroundWorks at Troy Gardens, Education Director
UW-Madison Department of Landscape Architecture, Senior Outreach Specialist
Address: 3601 Memorial Drive, Suite 4, Madison, WI, 53704
Phone: (608) 240-0409
Fields of Interest: environmental education, natural history, environmental history, land stewardship, urban natural areas, public health, community gardens and farms, sustainable agriculture, permaculture, affective connections to land
Current Projects: Youth Grow Local—a program designed to support youth gardening, farming, natural areas restoration, and nature study at urban schools, community gardens, and natural areas.
Harvard University, Professor of History & Chair, History and Literature Program
Address: 126 Barker Hall, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA 02138
Fields of Interest: early American history
University of Wisconsin-Madison Dept of Life Sciences Communication, Associate Professor
Emails(s): firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com
Fields of Interest: impact investing. urban ecology, sustainability investing, climate change, envrironmental justice
Current Projects: Launching an energy efficiency finance firm that will provide a market rate return to investors, reduce climate emissions in cities and create jobs in cities.
Assistant Professor of World Religions, Ithaca College
Websites: http://faculty.ithaca.edu/nmenning/; http://about.me/menningnancy
Address: 234 Park Hall, 953 Danby Road, Ithaca NY 14850-7002
Phone: (607) 274-5802
Fields of Interest: environmental humanities, religious studies, religion and ecology
Ph.D. Candidate, Rubenstein School of Environment & Natural Resources, University of Vermont
Fields of Interest: American environmental history, New England, sense of place, environmental education, land protection, reading the landscape
Current Project: Ph.D. dissertation (in progress), "The Appalachian Mountain Club and the Progressive Conservation Movement, 1890-1920." My dissertation explores the eastern origins of American environmentalism by examining the Progressive-era conservation initiatives of the Appalachian Mountain Club (AMC) during the period 1890-1920. Founded in Boston in 1876, AMC is the oldest conservation and recreation organization in the United States. However, AMC's contributions to the late-nineteenth and early-twentieth century conservation movement have been largely overlooked by historians who have favored a narrative focused on western public lands debates. My research seeks to understand how and why an organization traditionally viewed as a hiking club became engaged in conservation issues locally, regionally, and nationally during the Progressive era.
Sustainable Foods Fellow, Center for Urban Ecology, Butler University
Websites: www.nicolaasmink.com, www.sitkasalmonshares.com
Fields of interest: food history; sustainable food systems
Dissertation: "The Restaurant: Food, Power, and Social Change," University of Wisconsin, 2010.
Current Projects: Although trained as an interdisciplinary historian, I currently spend my days redesigning food systems with an eye towards sustainability. I'm helping to organize stakeholders with the goal of creating an Indianapolis Food Council. I'm also the President and Co-Founder of the Midwest's first Community Supported Fishery, Sitka Salmon Shares. Meanwhile, my first book, Salmon: A Global History will appear in Reaktion's Edible Series this winter. I am at work revising my dissertation into a book tentatively entitled "Fast Food: On the Road to McDonald's," which will ask readers to reconsider the origins of modern American fast food.
State University of New York-Cortland History Department
CV: html pdf
Address: History Department, SUNY-Cortland, P. O. Box 2000, Cortland, NY 13045
Phone: (607) 753-2052 (work)
Fields of Interest: Europe, Germany, Leisure, Health, Tourism, Popular Environmentalism, Landscape Architecture, Consumerism, Welfare State
Current Projects: I completed my dissertation, entitled "The Dream of a Therapeutic Regime: Nature Tourism in the German Democratic Republic, 1945-1978," in May 2005. I am currently preparing two articles with a focus on tourism and nature appreciation for anthologies on Eastern European leisure and tourism while I work on transforming my dissertation into a manuscript for publication. My next project will explore the theme of environmental and social catastrophe to understand how such events were linked in the eyes of Germans and other Europeans in the aftermath of World War Two and the Holocaust. The end goal will be to understand the cooperation of different economic and political factions in the evolution of the welfare state (and the EU) during the Cold War period.
Department of Earth Science, Santa Monica College
Address: Department of Earth Sciences, Santa Monica College, 1900 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica, CA, 90405
Phone: (310) 434-8654
Fields of Interest: regional geography and environmental history of the North American West, particularly the Canadian-American Great Plains and coastal Southern California; the geographies of frontiers, borderlands, and national/imperial expansion; urban development and environmental history of the Santa Monica Bay region; bicycles and bicycling as a geographic experience; and football as a global family of sports.
Current Projects: I'm working on a global historical geography of beer and the brewing industry.
Middlebury College History Department
Address: Dept. of History, Middlebury College, Middlebury, VT, 05753
Phone: 802-443-2436 (office)
Fields of Interest: American environmental history; American West; photography and history
Current Projects: The View from Here will be a broad survey of American Environmental history through images, intended to entice a wide audience of students, teachers, browsers, and curious viewers to explore the themes and topics of the field. My first book, The Nature of Gold: An Environmental History of the Klondike Gold Rush (Seattle: University of Washington Press, 2003), is a case study of the ways in which industrialization transformed the American relationship with nature. In it I focus on labor, supply, and transportation as ways in which humans forged new types of connections with their physical environment. Chapter 1, on the cultural meanings of gold in the American Presidential election of 1896, is reported by many readers to be one of the more comprehensible analyses of the gold standard debate in 19th-century America.
Madison Environmental Group, Inc., and President, Community Car
Websites: www.madisonenvironmental.com; www.communitycar.com
Address: 25 N. Pinckney, Madison, WI, 53703
Phone: (608) 280-0800
Interests: Green Development, Transportation, Environmental Action Programs
Bio: html pdf
Current projects: Co-Directing and Producing (with Ken Burns) a 14-hour PBS series on the history and meaning of the Vietnam War, slated for broadcast in 2016.
Partner, Nixon Peabody LLP
Address: Gas Company Tower , 555 West Fifth St., 46th Floor, Los Angeles, CA 90013
Phone: (213) 629-6094
Fields of Interest: Walking on the beach or in the mountains with my wife, daughter and dog.
Current Projects: Yale B.A., Boston University JD 1989, MBA 1990. Admitted to practice law in MA & CA. Clients include videogame publishers, wireless content providers, toy companies, game and content development companies and talent agencies.
University of Wisconsin-Madison Forest Ecology & Management Department, M.S. Student
Address: 611 Wingra Street Apt.2, Madison, WI 53715
Phone: 608-265-9219 (office)
Fields of Interest: Conservation Biology, Avian Ecology
Current Projects: I am working on a field study of forest bird communities in southern Wisconsin. By resurveying a data set collected on a series of forest plots in the 1950s, I hope to gain information about how avian communities have changed during this period. I then plan to evaluate human land use and forest vegetation changes over this time period as possible causitive influences.
University of Minnesota: educational researcher, Institute on Community Integration; Ph.D. student, history of education; lecturer, teacher education
Address: 150 Pillsbury Dr SE, Room 6, Minneapolis, MN 55455
Phone: (612) 624-3836
Fields of Interest: history of education, foundations of education, comparative history of education
Colorado State University Department of History
Address: Department of History, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO 80523-1776
Phone: (970) 491-5517
Fields of Interest: Environmental History, U.S. West, North American Borderlands Dissertation: 1999, University of Wisconsin-Madison. Published as Hazardous Metropolis: Flooding and Urban Ecology in Los Angeles (University of California Press, 2004)
Current Project: Ecology and Empire: Zebulon Pike and the Consolidation of the American Nation-State. The narrative of this book follows Pike on his 1806-07 expedition to the Rocky Mountains and Mexico in order to explore the relationship between western ecology and state formation in the early republic. It argues that the young and fragile American nation-state was able to cement the loyalties of many peoples in its often fractious backcountry by positioning itself as the administrative broker of the profitable transfer of energy and resources between the ecosystems of the North American West and the markets of the Atlantic World.
City of Seattle, Department of Finance
Address: 600 4th Avenue, Floor 6, P.O. Box 94747, Seattle, WA, 98124-4747
Phone: (206) 528-2460
Fields of Interest (keywords): public-private partnerships; sustainable infrastructure Description of
Current Projects or Interests: staffing Mayor on renovation of Pike Place Market, Seattle Center, Seattle Asian Art Museum and potential move of the Museum of History and Industry to Armory building in Lake Union Park.
American Studies Department, Saint Louis University
Address: 3800 Lindell Blvd, St. Louis, MO 63108
Phone: (314) 977-3790
Fields of Interest: environmental history, food studies, material culture, American Indian history & cultures, public humanities
Current Projects: Pumpkin: The Curious History of an American Icon (Seattle: University of Washington Press, 2012). In the summer 2012, I was a Visiting Researcher at Stanford University's Bill Lane Center of the American West where I began research on my new project "Indians Making History." It explores how American Indian communities over the last sixty years have documented the past and built and perpetuated a sense of Indian heritage and identity. Like Pumpkin, this book will be rooted in history and memory, cultural identity, and the material and natural worlds and use interdisciplinary methodologies. Some of the questions this project raises are: What are the dynamics and mechanisms by which American Indians reconcile their own experiences in a modern globalized world with the persistently romantic expectations of what it means to be Indian? What do Indians nowadays preserve from their own lives to perpetuate Indian heritage for future generations? Are there tensions between personal and family traditions and idealized projections of the tribal collective? I especially explore these questions through photographs, food, landscape preservation, and the ties among them. In addition to researching and teaching, I am serving as the graphics editor for Environmental History and a member of new ASEH Advisory Board for Professional and Public Engagement.
The Humane Society of the United States, Washington, D.C., President and CEO
Web site: www.hsus.org
Address: The Humane Society of the United States, 2100 L St., N.W., Washington, D.C., 20037
Phone: (301) 258-3070 (work)
Current projects: Since June 2004, I have served as president and CEO of The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), the world’s largest animal welfare organization. My work in animal protection began when I was an undergraduate at Yale in the mid-1980’s, and I have worked in the field ever since. In the broadest sense, The HSUS explores the relationship between people and animals, celebrating the appropriate relationships (e.g., people and their companion animals or family farmers treating their animals with dignity and respect) and spotlighting the breaks in the human-animal bond (e.g., industrial factory farming, staged animal fighting, puppy mills, canned hunts, and much more) and advocating for change. We also do disaster relief for animals, operate a mobile veterinary clinic that travels to Indian reservations and provides free spay and neuter and veterinary services for animals, acquire habitat through our Wildlife Land Trust so that wild animals have a place to live, and operate several animal sanctuaries, including our Black Beauty Ranch in Texas, which is home to more than 1,300 rescued animals. Since I began working for animal protection, I’ve run about 15 successful statewide ballot initiative campaigns and helped to pass about a dozen federal laws to protect animals.
University of Massachusetts, Department of Art, Associate Professor of History and Art
Address: Department of Art, University of Massachusetts, 151 Presidents Drive, Amherst, MA 01002
Fields of Interest: I teach and write about the design, development and politics of cities and architecture, as well as the uses of the past.
Publications: I am the author of The Creative Destruction of Manhattan, 1900-1940 (University of Chicago Press, 1999), which won the Spiro Kostof Award of the Society of Architectural Historians, for the best book on architecture and urbanism. I also co-edited (with Steven Conn) Building the Nation: Americans Write Their Architecture, Their Cities, and Their Environment (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2003), which won the 2005 Allen Noble Award for the best-edited book on North American material culture, given by the Pioneer America Society; and (with Randall Mason) Giving Preserving a History: Histories of Historic Preservation in the United States (Routledge, 2003). In 2008, I published a history of how American culture has imagined New York's destruction, entitled The City's End: Two Centuries of Fantasies, Fears, and Premonitions of New York's Destruction (Yale University Press, 2008)
Current projects: Priceless: Rethinking Historic Preservation in the 21st Century
Shannon Z. Petersen
Law Firm of Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP / Partner
Email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Address: 501 W. Broadway, Suite 1900, San Diego, CA 92101
Phone: (858) 449-2978
Fields of Interest: business litigation; legal and environmental history
Dissertation: "The Modern Ark: A History of the Endangered Species Act," University of Wisconsin-Madison (published as Acting for Endangered Species: The Statutory Ark, University Press of Kansas, 2002).
Current Projects: working fulltime as a business trial litigator, primarily defending financial institutions and insurance companies against class actions.
Centers for Disease Control (CDC) Experience Fellow 2007-08; Johns Hopkins MPH degree candidate to graduate 2009; Medical Student, UW-Madison to graduate 2010
Temporary address: 1661 La France St. Atlanta, GA, 30307
Permanent address: N5851 County Road AI Juneau, WI, 53039
Topics of interest: medicine; environmental health; public health; International health
Currently working as a Fellow with the Centers for Disease Control in the Division of Tuberculosis Elimination (DTBE) with current activities in tuberculosis surveillance, outbreak investigations, and epidemiologic research on extrapulmonary TB. The eventual goal is to work as a physician engaged in both clinical work and public health, with special focus on international disease and environmental health.
Lecturer, Technical Communications Program, University of Wisconsin
Address: Engineering Centers Building Room M1036A, 1550 Engineering Drive, University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI 53706
Phone: (608) 265-8606
Fields of Interest: U.S. environmental and legal history, history of U.S. South, information literacy, educational technology, engineering ethics
Dissertation: "Reconstructing the Levees: The Politics of Flooding in Nineteenth-Century Louisiana" (University of Wisconsin, 2006)
Assistant Professor, Dept. Geography & McGill School of Environment, McGill University
Address: 805 Sherbrooke St. West, Montreal, QC, H3A 2K6, Canada
Phone: (514) 577-5437
Fields of Interest: historical ecology, landscape ecology, sustainability science, historical legacies in ecosystems, interactions between people and landscapes through time
Dissertation: Land-use legacies in Wisconsin: Regional vegetation change and carbon dynamics (mid-1800s to 1930s to present)
Current Projects: Landscapes of inequality in the Peruvian Amazon; Legacy effects in ecosystems: understanding the long-term interactions between human land use, landscape structure, and ecosystem services in the St Lawrence watershed.
Sarah Klimenko Riedl
Ph.D. Candidate, Department of History, University of Pennsylvania
Fields of Interest: early American political culture from the colonial period through the Civil War; American historical memory; Native American history
Current Project: Ph.D. dissertation (in progress), "The Union of Our Fathers: Historical Memory in American Political Culture during the Secession Crisis of 1860-1861." Americans constantly invoked their past as they debated the fate of the Union in 1860 and 1861. My dissertation seeks first to characterize the historical interpretations put forth by Northerners and Southerners of various political stripes and from various regions, and second to explore how these interpretations shaped American political culture during this period. I have pursued these dual goals by reading a politically and regionally diverse set of the nation's most prominent newspapers.
Christopher C. Roberts
Freelance writer on religion and ethics; adjunct theology instructor; training to be a permanent Roman Catholic deacon
Address: 223 East Evergreen Avenue, Philadelphia PA 19118
Phone: (215) 248-7975
Fields of Interest: theology, ethics, philosophy
Current Projects: teaching Catholic theology in parishes and universities; writing for Catholic magazines and private clients on theology and ethics.
Director of Sustainable Technologies, Environmental Defense Fund
Address: 1875 Connecticut Ave, Suite 600, Washington, DC, 20009
Phone: (202) 572-3311
Fields of Interest: corporate sustainability; clean technologies, especially as they relate to reducing reduce greenhouse gases; green jobs
Current Project: LessCarbonMoreJobs.org
John C. Ryan
Reporter, KUOW Puget Sound Public Radio
Websites: Twitter: https://twitter.com/KUOWJohnR
My stories: http://www.kuow.org/search.php?get=1&slHostSearch=97
Address: 112 N. Bowdoin Pl., Seattle, WA 98103
Phone: (206) 543-0637
Fields of Interest: investigative journalism, environmental journalism.
Yale University, Department of History
Email: paul.sabin AT yale.edu
Website: www.yale.edu/history/faculty/sabin_p.html ; www.yale.edu/environmentalhistory ; www.crudepolitics.com
Address: Department of History, Yale University, P.O. Box 208324, New Haven, CT, 06520-8324
Telephone: (203) 436-2516
Fields of Interest: Environmental history, energy politics, American West, transnational history, public policy, legal history
Current Projects: The Bet: Paul Ehrlich, Julian Simon, and the Gamble Over Earth's Future (forthcoming with Yale University Press); Crude Politics: The California Oil Market, 1900-1940 (University of California Press, 2005); history of environmental law, energy and climate politics, and overseas resource extraction.
Barbara D. Savage
University of Pennsylvania, Professor of History
Address: History Department, University of Pennsylvania, 208 College Hall, Philadelphia, PA 19104
Fields of Interest: 20th-century African American political, intellectual, and religious history
Current Projects: I've recently published my second book: Your Spirits Walk Beside Us: The Politics of Black Religion (Harvard University Press, 2008).
University of Michigan History Department
University of Wisconsin Department of Afro-American Studies
Fields of Interest: 20th-century U.S. political and cultural history, African-American history, and Wisconsin history.
Current Project: “Grassroots Liberalism: The Promise and Perils of Political Activism in Postwar Wisconsin”
Director, New Mexico State Parks Division
Email: email@example.com (work); firstname.lastname@example.org (home)
Address: New Mexico State Parks, P.O. Box 1147, Santa Fe, NM 87504 (work); 1019 Roadrunner Lane N.W., Los Ranchos de Albuquerque, NM 87107 (home)
Phone: 505-476-3357 (work); 505-298-6507 (home)
Fields of Interest: parks and public lands, conservation, history of conservation
Consultant, Salish-Pend d'Oreille Culture Committee, directing Tribal History and Ethnogeography Projects, Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes of the Flathead Indian Reservation
Email: email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
53950 Marsh Creek Road, Charlo, MT 59824 (home) or
Salish-Pend d'Oreille Culture Committee, PO Box 550, St, Ignatius, MT 59865 (office)
(406)644-2547 (home) or
Fields of Interest:
Environmental history; western US history; history of Indian-white relations; cultural history/ethnohistory; geography.
Current Projects: The Salish People and the Lewis and Clark Expedition, by the Salish-Pend d'Oreille Culture Committee (University of Nebraska Press, 2005). 40 historical essays in Fire on the Land, an interactive DVD on native use of fire (University of Nebraska Press, 2007). Other forthcoming books through the Salish-Pend d'Oreille Culture Committee include The Swan Massacre: A Story of the Pend d'Oreille People (forthcoming, University of Nebraska Press, estimated publication date spring 2009); Names Upon the Land -- Skwskwstulexws: A Geography of the Salish and Pend d'Oreille People (estimated publication date 2010); and Voices of the Elders: A Tribal History of the Salish and Pend d'Oreille People, (estimated publication date 2011).
Senior Planner, Cambridge Housing Authority
Principal, HCE (Housing Community Environment) Consulting
Address: 20 Bardwell Street Jamaica Plain, MA 02130
Phone: (617) 522-1319
Fields of Interest: affordable housing, supportive housing, homelessness, community action, sustainable development/alternative
energy, environmental health/precautionary principle, schoolyard greening, nonprofit management
Current Projects: Professional: Green affordable housing for very low income families in Cambridge; conversion of historic police station into community building for housing nonprofits; program development and grant writing for anti-poverty and housing nonprofits
Community work: Advocacy for U.S. chemical policy reform/precautionary principle, creation of outdoor classroom and natural play yard for
local public school.
Associate Professor, Department of Geography and Planning California State University, Chico
Chair, Board of Directors, Butte Environmental Council
Websites: http://wizard.csuchico.edu/faculty/mstemen.html; http://www.becprotects.org
Address: 541 Butte Hall, CSU, Chico, Chico, CA 95929-0425
Phone(s): 530.898.5428; 530.345.3531
Fields of Interest: sustainability, Transitions Movement, civic engagement, local food
Dissertation: "Genetic Dreams: Environmental History of the California Cotton Industry, 1904-1952" (University of Iowa, 1999)
Sustainability Champion, California Higher Education (2008)
Current Projects: Sustainable Cities Initiative with City of Chico; imagining a sustainability madrasah in Northern California.
University of North Carolina at Charlotte Department of History
Address: Department of History, University of North Carolina at Charlotte, Charlotte, NC 28223
Fields of Interest: Modern Britain, environmental history, and the history of science, technology, and medicine
Current Projects: My first book, Inventing Pollution: Coal, Smoke, and Culture in Britain since 1800 (Ohio University Press, 2006), explores changes in ideas about pollution, technology, and the environment in the “first industrial nation.” I am currently writing a book on the environmental history of Britain during the Second World War.
Address: 234 2nd St. #2, Jersey City, NJ 07302
Phone: (917) 715-5976
Fields of Interest: At the intersection of Theater (improvisational, interactive and engaging) and Education (progressive, active, empowering).
Current Projects: Working with a non-profit in NYC, City at Peace (www.cpnational.org), which brings together diverse groups of teenagers (over 100) to create a full-length musical theater production based on their life-stories. They then organize Community Action Projects, informing the community about issues that are important to them and offering solutions to these issues. I am preparing to start these programs in other communities: Berlin, Germany and Minneapolis, MN.
Address: P.O. Box 1286, Port Orford, OR 97465
Phone: (541) 332-0261
Fields of Interest: cultural history, natural history, food history, environment, writing, rivers, sustainable agriculture, grassroots activism
Books: Kitchen Literacy: How We Lost Knowledge of Where Food Comes From and Why We Need to Get it Back (Island Press, 2007) [finalist for the Connecticut Book Award], explores Americans' changing historic awareness of their foods' provenance including the recent rise of interest in local foods. My first book, Discovering the Unknown Landscape: A History of America's Wetlands (Island Press, 1997) [Winner of the American Historical Association's Herbert Feis Award and the American Society of Environmental History's George Perkins Marsh Prize], chronicles how American cultural attitudes towards swamps and marshes influenced the policies and laws that govern these terrains.
Current Projects: I am currently working on a book about abalone —an imperiled West Coast shellfish with a fascinating environmental history. I am also deeply engaged with local conservation advocacy as president of the Kalmiopsis Audubon Society chapter on the South Coast of Oregon.
589 Third Street, Brooklyn NY 11215 (permanent)
2842 Hillegass Avenue, Berkeley CA 94705 (thru August 06)
Fields of Interest:
Color, language, systems, the grid, vernacular architecture and type, intellectual property. Painting, sculpture, photography, drawing, poetry.
My daily practice is metaphor, not history. But isn't history also metaphor? And isn't metaphor -- isn't everything -- historical? I work at the scale of a book or a building, with paint or paper or whatever's at hand. The name of a recent exhibition at The Bohen Foundation in New York gets at the heart of my enterprise, set in caps to underscore the futility of the quest: PETER WEGNER: COMPLETE & FINAL COLOR THEORY SUPERSEDING ALL PREVIOUS THEORIES & PRE-EMPTING ALL FUTURE THEORIES WITH ADD'L THOUGHTS ON THE POETRY OF COMMERCE, THE CRUELTY OF SYSTEMS & THE BANALITY OF THE GRID, ACCOMPANIED BY A FOOTNOTE RE: ARCHITECTURE.
Director, Community Capacitation Center, Multnomah County Health Department
Address: 10317 E Burnside St., Portland, Oregon 97216
Phone: 503-988-6250, x26646
Fields of Interest: popular education, community health workers, social determinants of health
Current Projects: using popular education in higher education; role of community health workers as community organizers.
Amrys O. Williams
Postdoctoral Fellow, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution
Fields of Interest: History of science and technology, environmental history, agricultural history, rural development
Dissertation: "Cultivating Modern America: 4-H Clubs and Rural Development in the Twentieth Century," University of Wisconsin-Madison, Program in the History of Science, Medicine, and Technology, 2012.
Current Projects: My dissertation uses 4-H rural youth clubs as a lens for exploring the intertwined histories of development, agriculture, and modernization in the U.S. and abroad from the turn of the twentieth century through the 1970s. I am presently turning the dissertation into a book manuscript, and preparing articles for publication. I am also thinking about two future projects, one relating to the broader history of the social and natural scientific study of agriculture and rural life, particularly as practiced in the land-grant colleges of the United States, and another dealing with the technological and social history of the modern office, particularly the history of stenography and clerical work.
Freelance journalist and author
Website: www.florencewilliams.com; twitter: @flowill, www.facebook.com/florencewilliamsauthor
Address: Washington, DC
Phone: (303) 319-1092
Fields of Interest: environmental health, medicine, neuroscience, toxins.
Current Projects: I recently published my first book, Breasts: A Natural and Unnatural History (W.W. Norton 2012); now working on nature and the brain; toxins and health. I'm a contributing editor at Outside and I often write for Slate and other pubs. I'm also on the board of my favorite environmental magazine, High Country News.
The Wilderness Society, President
Address: 1615 M Street NW, Washington, DC 20036
Phone: (202) 429-2604
Fields of Interest: Large landscape conservation, community-based conservation, rivers, environmental history
Current Projects: Protecting America's wildlands
Professor of History, Brandeis University
Address: History Department, Mailstop 036, Brandeis University, Waltham, MA 02454-9110
Phone: (781) 736-2292
Fields of Interest: U.S. Social and Legal History, Urban History, Progressive Era
Books: City of Courts: Socializing Justice in Progressive Era Chicago (Cambridge University Press, 2003), winner of AHA's Dunning Prize and the American Society for Legal History's Cromwell Prize. Pox: An American History (Penguin Press, 2011), winner of the OAH's Levine Prize.
Current Projects: include a history of American debates over the Constitution and public life between the Civil War and World War II
Laura L. Wilson
Attorney & Counselor at Law
Personal Blog: www.ellewilson.wordpress.com
Attorney Website: http://www.ellewilsonlaw.com/
Address: 91 Court House Drive, PO Box 121, Guildhall, VT 05905
Phone: (802) 676-3300
Fields of Interest: criminal defense, constitutional law, civil rights, municipal law, immigration law, employment / labor law
Undergraduate Senior Essay directed / supervised by Bill Cronon, Yale College.
Assistant City Attorney, Land Use Section City of Seattle
Address: City of Seattle City Attorney’s Office P.O. Box 94769 Seattle, WA 98124-4769
Phone: 206-233-2177 (work)
Current Projects: I advise City officials and staff on land use issues (mostly in the contexts of enacting new development regulations and applying those regulations to proposed land use projects) and defend City land use decisions when they are challenged before administrative tribunals and in court.
Michael J. Yochim
National Park Service, Yosemite National Park
Address: National Park Service, Yosemite National Park, 5083 Foresta Road, El Portal, CA 95318
Phone: (209) 379-1441 (office)
Topics of Interest: environmental history; people and environment; national park history, policy, and management; American West; recreation; environmental politics
Current Projects: As of fall 2012, I am finalizing Protecting Yellowstone: Science and the Politics of National Park Management for publication by the University of New Mexico Press in 2013. This book conducts a controlled comparison of contemporary policy-making controversies in Yellowstone to discern the dominant influences upon such policymaking efforts. I am also the author of Yellowstone and the Snowmobile: Locking Horns over National Park Use (2009, University Press of Kansas), a history of the Yellowstone National Park snowmobile issue and a critique of the positions of the dominant players therein. Both of these books drew upon my dissertation, "Compromising Yellowstone: the Interest Group-National Park Service Relationship in Modern Policy-making," which examined the influence that environmentalists, business advocates, recreation advocates, and scientists have on agency policy. For the National Park Service, I direct two large planning efforts for Yosemite National Park: a wild and scenic river management plan for the Tuolumne River, and a wilderness stewardship plan for the Yosemite Wilderness.
David K. Yoo
Professor and Director, Asian American Studies, University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)
Website(s): www.aasc.ucla.edu, www.asianam.ucla.edu
Address: UCLA Asian American Studies Center, 3230 Campbell Hall, Los Angeles, CA 90095-1546
Phone: (310) 825-2974
Topics of Interest: Asian American history; history of the American West; American religious history.
Current Projects: co-editor, Oxford Handbook of Asian American History.
University of Florida School of Forest Resources & Conservation
Professor of Tropical Forestry; Director, Working Forests in the Tropics Program;
Co-Director, Amazon Conservation Leadership Initiative
Address: School of Forest Resources & Conservation, University of Florida, PO Box 110760 (postal mail delivery); Building 107 Mowry Road (non-postal shipping); Gainesville, FL 32611-0760
Topics of Interest: tropical conservation, tropical forest ecology, ecosystem science
(1) Research in support of forest management objectives in the Brazilian Amazon; (2) Building Leadership Capacity for Forest Conservation in the Andes-Amazon Region; (3) Working Forests in the tropics: An Integrated Graduate Education and Research Traineeship Program; (4) Ecosystem analyses of forest regrowth in the Brazilian Amazon; (5) Tropical forests and climate change.
Environmental Marketing Manager, Hewlett-Packard
Address: Hewlett-Packard, 11311 Chinden Blvd., MS 403, Boise, ID, 83714
Phone: (208) 396-3675
Topics of interest: consumers and environment, environmental marketing, sustainability, environmental history, American West
Current Projects and Interests: consumer market research, environmental business strategy, environmental labeling, online environmental information
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