American Studies Program

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Past Colloquia


Monday, February 9, 2015, 4:30PM, HGS 211

PAUL EDWARDS, University of Michigan

"Climate Data Detectives: On the History and Politics of Knowledge about Global Climate Change."

Wednesday, April 1, 4:00PM, Whitney Humanities Center, Room 108
A conversation with Yale Professors Michael Warner and Alan Mikhail (co-sponsored with the Whitney Humanities Center)



January 27, 2014

DANIEL HEADRICK, Roosevelt University, "Sleeping Sickness Epidemics and Colonial Responses in Africa, 1900-1940."

February 19, 2014

DAVID BELLO, Associate Professor, Washington & Lee University, "Shifting Virtue towards a Sustainable Qing."

March 4, 2014

JOY RANKIN, Yale University, “Let’s Meet at Boneyard Creek: The Intersection of Personal Computing and the Environmental Movement in the Early 1970s.”

March 31, 2014

FRANCIS LUDLOW, Post-doctoral Fellow, Yale Climate and Energy Institute, "A Millennium of Extreme Weather and Human Vulnerability from Irish Medieval Chronicles."

April 21, 2014, 12pm-1:15pm, HGS 204

SCOTT CRAGO, University of New Mexico,"Of Footballers and Traveling Guitarists: Rural Recreation and Mapuche Cultural Revival Under Plan Perquenco."

September 3, 2014

DONALD WORSTER, University of Kansas, "A Coffee Conversation on Environmental History."

October 9, 2014

TED STEINBERG, Davee Professor History and Law, Case Western University, "Can New York City Survive the Sea?"

October 27, 2014

BEN KIERNAN, Yale University, "Land, Water, Climate and Culture: Writing an Environmental History of Viet Nam from Earliest Times."

November 19, 2014

ERIC RUTKOW, Yale University, "The Eagle and The Octopuses: The United States, the Pan-American Railway, and Infrastructure Development in Latin America, 1900-1929."


January 31, 2013
CHERIE WOODWORTH, Independent scholar, Yale Center for Comparative Research
"Seeing the Forest, Seeing the Trees: Reconsidering the Early Modern Fuel Crisis and Colonial Expansion"

February 21, 2013
ANDREW HOROWITZ, Yale University, "How To Sink New Orleans: Floods, Levees, Oil, and States' Rights in Louisiana, 1927-1965"

February 28, 2013
MATTHEW BENDER, Associate History Professor, College of New Jersey, and Yale Agrarian Studies Fellow, "The Mountains of Jagga! Encountering Eden in Africa, 1848-1890"

March 28, 2013

VICTOR MCFARLAND, Yale University, "The Politics of Energy Independence in the 1970s"

April 9, 2013
JANAM MUKHERJEE, Yale Agrarian Studies Fellow, "The Chicken and the Egg: Bird Flu in Bengal"

September 30, 2013

FABIAN DRIXLER, Yale Department of History, "Reborn as Wild Boar: From Overcrowding to Depopulation (and Back Again) in Early Modern Japan."

October 10, 2013

EDMUND RUSSELL, University of Kansas, "A Coffee Conversation on Environmental History."

October 29, 2013

TIMOTHY LOREK, Doctoral Student, Yale Department of History, "Railroads and Agrarian Landscapes in the New Mexico Borderlands"

November 11, 2013

ALISTAIR SPONSEL, Assistant Professor, Vanderbilt University, "How Coral Reefs Became Fragile"

December 5, 2013

ALAN MIKHAIL, Yale Department of History, "The Animal in Ottoman Egypt."


February 15, 2012

SHAILA SESHIA GALVIN, Yale University, "Imagining Uttarakhand: Nature and Agriculture in the Indian Himalaya"

March 21, 2012

LING ZHANG, Yale Agrarian Studies Fellow and Assistant Professor, Boston College, "Manipulating the Yellow River and the State Formation of the Northern Song Dynasty (907-1127)"

September 19, 2012

DANA GRAEF, Yale University, "Negotiating Environmental Sovereignty in Costa Rica: Legacies of Transnational Mining and Hydropower"

October 3, 2012

STUART SCHWARTZ, Yale University, "Storms in a Spanish Sea: Hurricanes and the Perception of Providence and Nature in the Caribbean"

November 12, 2012  (Jointly with History of Science, History of Medicine and the Yale Group for the Study of Native America)

MATTHEW KLINGLE, Associate Professor, Bowdoin College, "Sweet Blood: Natives, Environment, and the Changing Nature of Diabetes Mellitus Epidemiology"

November 14, 2012

WILLIAM RANKIN, Yale University, "Maps as Sources, Mapping as Method, and Cartography as Scholarship"

December 3, 2012

GABRIEL ROSENBERG, Assistant Professor, Duke University and Yale Agrarian Studies Fellow,

"4-H and the Biopolitics of Agricultural Reform in Early Twentieth-Century America"


January 20, 2011
PAUL FREEDMAN, Charles D. Tripp Professor, Yale University, "American Dining and the Natural World, 19th and 20th Centuries"

February 17, 2011
ALAN MIKHAIL, Yale University, "Middle East Environmental History: The Fallow Between Two Fields"

April 7, 2011
GENE TEMPEST, Yale University, "Gas warfare and the horses of the Western Front, 1915-1918"

April 28, 2011
HELEN CURRY, Yale University, "Radiation and Species Preservation: Saving the American Chestnut Tree in the Atomic Age"

September 28, 2011

FRANCESCA AMMON, Yale University, "‘A Dirt-Moving War’: Bulldozers as Weapons and Heroes in World War II"

October 26, 2011

CHARU SINGH, Yale University, "Configuring the Monsoon: Rainfall and Famine in Nineteenth Century Western India"

November 15, 2011

SAMUEL WHITE, Assistant Professor, Oberlin College, "A Cold Welcome?: The Little Ice Age and the First European Colonies in North America"

November 30, 2011

CHERIE WOODWORTH, Yale University, "The 'Wild Field,' Pastoralism, and Anthropogenic Grasslands: the Eurasian Steppe from Antiquity to 1700"


January 14, 2010
PAOLA BERTUCCI, Yale University, "Earthquakes and Enlightenment: Controlling the convulsing body of the Earth in the Age of Reform"

February 25, 2010
PHILIP SLAVIN, Yale University, "On Humans and Bovids: Two Plagues and a Famine in England, 1310-50"

March 25, 2010

ROBIN SCHEFFLER, Yale University, "Places of Empire: Tropical Biology on Barro Colorado Island, Panama, 1920-1940 "

April 8, 2010
CHRISTINE DELUCIA, Yale University, "The Memory Frontier: Making Past and Place in the Northeast after King Philip's War"

May 13, 2010
KAREN HÉBERT, Yale University, "Properties of Restructuring: Charting Fisheries Regulatory Change in Bristol Bay, Alaska"

October 7, 2010

JACOB DLAMINI, Yale University, "Fire Control, Conservation, and Class in South Africa’s Kruger National Park"

October 21, 2010

PAUL ERICKSON, Wesleyan University, "When Humans Became Rabbits (And Rabbits, Humans): Ecology, the Idea of Population, and Histories of Disease"

November 18, 2010

RACHEL ROTHSCHILD, Yale University, "Environmental Consciousness in the Cold War: Radioecologists, Nuclear Technology, and the Atomic Age"

December 9, 2010

JOHN GRIM, Yale University, "The Political Stakes of Embodied Knowledge in an Apsaalooka/Crow Ceremonial"


April 30, 2009
PAUL SABIN, Yale University, “The Climate Crisis and Energy Transition: What role for history?

May 28, 2009
BARRY MUCHNICK, Yale University, “'The Country is the Fresh Air Fund': The Moral Ecology of Citizenship in Turn-of-the-Century America”

June 25, 2009
JULIE BOWRING, Yale University, “For Private Profit or Public Good, or One Man's Quagmire is Another's Pleasant Pasture: Debates on drainage in eastern England, c1600-1660"

September 24, 2009
PETER PERDUE, Yale University, "From the Hills to the White House: Chinese tea in global markets"

October 29, 2009

SARAH CAMERON, Yale University, "How Socialism Tried to Conquer the Steppe: The Manufacture of a Crisis in Soviet Kazakhstan, 1929-1931"

December 10, 2009

JOHN WARGO, Yale University, "Green Intelligence: Creating Environments That Protect Human Health"