Jonathan D. Anzalone is a Ph.D. candidate at Stony Brook University, SUNY, on Long Island. He has a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and History from Geneseo College, SUNY, and a Master’s degree in History from Binghamton University, SUNY. His research and teaching interests include environmental, public health, social, labor, and urban history. His dissertation, titled “Creating a Modern Wilderness Playground: The Transformation of the Adirondack State Park, 1920-1980,” explores the process by which Adirondack wilderness areas became more urbanized through ambitious recreational development and the partially-realized plans to build up the region’s residential base.
Christopher Bischof is a third-year PhD student at Rutgers whose dissertation, “Wandering Minds: Mobility, Elementary Teachers, and the British World View 1846-1902,” explores how teachers acted as guides to the Victorian era’s new culture of mobility for the working classes at home and subject peoples abroad. Christopher has won Mellon grants for his research as well as for the graduate student group on Gender, Sexuality, and the Family in Britain which he founded and oversees. He has presented at more than a dozen conferences and last year he was a graduate associate at Rutgers’ Center for European Studies.
Sam Dolbee is a first year student in New York University’s joint Ph.D. program in History and Middle East and Islamic Studies. He completed his MA in Arab Studies at Georgetown University in 2010. He is interested broadly in the social and environmental history of the Eastern Mediterranean. His doctoral work is focused more specifically on health in Syria during the early twentieth century, stretching from the late Ottoman period through national independence.
Elisa González is currently completing doctoral studies at Columbia University’s Center for the History and Ethics of Public Health. She was born in San Juan, Puerto Rico and went to college in the central-eastern town of Cayey. Elisa received her Bachelor’s degree in 2007, with a major in Biology and a minor in History. That year, she left the sunny skies and warm beaches of her beloved island and moved to Albany, New York to pursue graduate study in History. Elisa obtained her M.A. in 2009 focusing in Latin American and Public Health History. She is currently completing doctoral studies at Columbia University’s Center for the History and Ethics of Public Health.
Ryan Hall is a third-year PhD. student in history at Yale, focusing on Western, Native American and Environmental history. Originally from Iowa City, Iowa, and earning his B.A. from the University of Oklahoma, Ryan is interested in the role that environmental ideology and transformation played in the process of settler colonialism and conquest in 19th century North America.
Melanie Kiechle is a PhD candidate in history at Rutgers University, and currently a Haas Dissertation Fellow at the Chemical Heritage Foundation in Philadelphia. She focuses on 19th-century United States and cultural history. Her research interests include sensory history, experiential knowledge, the development of the urban/rural divide, and the fields of urban, environmental and public health history. Her dissertation, “ ‘The Air We Breathe’: Nineteenth-Century Americans and the Search for Fresh Air,” brings many of these interests together in a study of the effect that odors and smell perception had on urban life and development, circa 1840 to 1900.
David Kneas is a PhD Candidate in Anthropology and Forestry and Environmental Studies at Yale University. His dissertation is centered on an on-going mining conflict in the cloud forests of northwestern Ecuador. Combining history and ethnography, David’s research situates the contemporary mining conflict within the region’s agrarian settlement history. His research also explores Ecuador’s geological history over the past century, namely its apparent transformation from a country of mineral scarcity to one of mineral plenty. David has a MESc from the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies and a BA in Biology and Spanish from DePauw University.
Anna Haas Kolchinsky is a PhD candidate in the history department at Boston College. Her dissertation, tentatively titled “Cold Warriors, Miracle Drugs, and the Fight Against Tuberculosis in Postwar Germany, 1945-1961,”compares how political structures, ideology, and scientific knowledge shaped public health policies in East and West Germany. She holds a BA from Wellesley College and an MSc from Boston University.
Brian McCammack is a fifth year doctoral student at Harvard University in the History of American Civilization Program. His dissertation focuses on the Great Migration in Chicago, bringing together environmental history, ecocriticism, and African American history and literature. He has published articles in American Quarterly, Journal of Social History, The Midwest Quarterly, and Southern Literary Journal on topics as diverse as African American mobility, evangelical environmentalism, and Mark Twain.
Myrna Perez is a doctoral student at Harvard University.
Rachel Rothschild is a second year graduate student in the History of Science and Medicine program at Yale University. Her academic interests include the history of earth and environmental science in 20th century Europe and America, particularly connections between environmental science, public policy and law. Rothschild is currently working on several projects related to the development of ecology, atmospheric science, and climatology after World War II. She is the recipient of a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship, and intends to seek ways for her scholarship to find wider application among government officials and the public.
Robin Wolfe Scheffler is a third year in the Program in the History of Science and Medicine at Yale. In addition to environmental history, his interests include historical geography, US history, intellectual history, and the history of the twentieth-century life sciences. Prior work has included studies of fatigue physiology, tropical biology, network theory, x-ray crystallography, and scientific humor. His dissertation, in its preliminary stages, focuses on the political economy of cancer research and the discovery of oncogenes.
Joyce E. Chaplin is the James Duncan Phillips Professor of Early American History at Harvard University. Her interests include topics in the history of science and in environmental history. She is the author of An Anxious Pursuit: Agricultural Innovation and Modernity in the Lower South, 1730-1815 (1993), Subject Matter: Technology, the Body, and Science on the Anglo-American Frontier, 1500-1676 (2001), and The First Scientific American: Benjamin Franklin and the Pursuit of Genius (2006). She is currently writing a history of circumnavigation.
Paul Erickson is assistant professor of History and Science in Society at Wesleyan University. His research focuses on exploring the transfer of models and methods between the natural and social sciences, between nature’s economy and political economy. He is currently completing a book on the history of game theory and related models of rational choice in Cold War America.
Robert Harms is Henry J. Heinz Professor of History & African Studies at Yale University. Harms is a scholar of African history, including the slave trade and the continent’s environmental and agrarian history. He is the author of River of Wealth, River of Sorrow: The Central Zaire Basin in the Era of the Slave and Ivory Trade (1981), Games Against Nature: An Eco-Cultural History of the Nunu of Equatorial Africa (1988/1999), and The Diligent: A Voyage through the Worlds of the Slave Trade (2001). His graduate courses include reading seminars on African environmental history and African agrarian history, and a research seminar on African History.
Neil Maher is an associate professor of history at the Federated History Department of NJIT and Rutgers University at Newark, where he teaches environmental history, urban history, the history of technology and medicine, and landscape studies. His research interests revolve around twentieth-century Untied States environmental and political history. He has edited an interdisciplinary volume of essays titled New Jersey’s Environments: Past, Present, and Future(Rutgers University Press, 2006), which brings together the work of environmental historians, environmental scientists, and environmental policy makers. His second book, Nature’s New Deal: The Civilian Conservation Corps and the Roots of the American Environmental Movement, will be published by Oxford University Press in the fall of 2007. He is currently working on a third book project, tentatively titled Ground Control: An Environmental History of NASA and the Space Race.
James McCann is Professor of History at Boston University.He is author of Maize and Grace: Africa’s Encounter with a New World Crop (2005); Green Land, Brown Land, Black Land: An Environmental History of Africa (1999); People of the Plow: An Agricultural History of Ethiopia (1995); From Poverty to Famine in Northeast Ethiopia: A Rural History (1987). His book Maize and Grace won the 2006 George Perkins Marsh Prize as the best book in environmental history for 2005 from the American Society for Environmental History. His current book project is “Stirring the Pot: The Tastes and Textures of African Cookery.” He currently leads a joint research team investigating the link between malaria and maize cultivation in Africa supported by the Rockefeller Foundation and including the Harvard School of Public Health, the World Health Organization, and the Ethiopian Ministry of Health.
Peter Perdue has a Ph.D. (1981) from Harvard University in the field of History and East Asian Languages. He is the author of Exhausting the Earth: State and Peasant in Hunan 1500-1850 A.D.(Council on East Asian Studies, Harvard University, 1987) and China Marches West: The Qing Conquest of Central Eurasia (Harvard University Press, 2005). He has also written on grain markets in China, agricultural development, and environmental history. His research interests lie in modern Chinese and Japanese social and economic history, history of frontiers, and world history. He is a recipient of the 1988 Edgerton Award and the James A. Levitan Prize at MIT. He was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2007.
Daniel Kevles is Stanley Woodward Professor of History and Professor of History of Medicine, of American Studies, and of Law (adjunct) at Yale University. Kevles’ research interests include: the interplay of science and society past and present; the history of science in America; the history of modern physics; the history of modern biology, scientific fraud and misconduct; the history of innovation and intellectual property in living organisms; the history of environmentalism; and the history of science, arms, and the state. His teaching areas are the history of modern science, including genetics, physics, science in American society, and U.S. history since 1940.
Sarah Phillips is an assistant professor of history at Boston University, where she teaches courses in twentieth-century U.S. history and American environmental history. She is the author of This Land, This Nation: Conservation, Rural America, and the New Deal (Cambridge, 2007). Other publications include articles in Environmental History and Agricultural History, and anthology chapters on transatlantic agrarian history, the Franklin Roosevelt presidency, and the conservation and environmental policy of state governors. She is currently working on a history of the foreign policy generated by the post-WWII agricultural surplus.
Paul Sabin is Assistant Professor of Environmental History at Yale University. Sabin’s research and teaching focus on United States environmental history, energy politics, and political and economic history, including natural resource development in the American West and overseas. Professor Sabin’s book, Crude Politics: The California Oil Economy, 1900-1940 (2005), examines how politics and law shaped a growing dependence on petroleum in California and the nation. He has written scholarly articles on environmental and legal history and U.S. overseas expansion and popular pieces on energy politics and leadership development.
Christopher Sellers is Associate Professor of History at the State University of New York, Stony Brook. He holds a Ph.D. in American Studies from Yale, as well as an M.D. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is the author of Hazards of the Job: From Industrial Disease to Environmental Health Science (1997), also of several articles on the actual and potential intersections between environmental history and other fields, including medical history. Among the volumes he has co-edited are the 2004 issue of Osiris, “Landscapes of Exposure: Environment and Health in Historical Perspective,” and Dangerous Trade: Histories of Industrial Hazard across a Globalizing World (forthcoming from Temple University Press, fall 2011). He has two forthcoming books on the relationship between suburbanizing and environmentalism, one on Long Island and Los Angeles (Unsettling Ground; Suburban Nature and the Rise of Environmentalism in Twentieth-Century America, from UNC Press in spring 2012), and another on Atlanta. He is currently at work on a new project, a comparative and transnational history of industrial hazards in the US versus Mexico.