American Studies Program

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Fall 2014 Colloquia

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?"

Monday, October 27, 12:00-1:15pm, Luce 202

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

Wednesday, November 19, 12:00-1:15pm, HGS 204

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

Past Colloquia

Spring 2014

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, Doctoral Student, Yale Department of History, Program in History of Science and Medicine, “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, Doctoral Student, University of New Mexico,"Of Footballers and Traveling Guitarists: Rural Recreation and Mapuche Cultural Revival Under Plan Perquenco."



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, History doctoral student, 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, History doctoral student, 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 (Doctoral Candidate, Yale University)
"Imagining Uttarakhand: Nature and Agriculture in the Indian Himalaya"

March 21, 2012

Ling Zhang (Agrarian Studies Fellow, Yale University)
"Manipulating the Yellow River and the State Formation of the Northern Song Dynasty (907-1127)"

September 19, 2012

Dana Graef, Doctoral Student, Department of Anthropology, Yale University

"Negotiating Environmental Sovereignty in Costa Rica: Legacies of Transnational Mining and Hydropower"

October 3, 2012

Stuart Schwartz, Professor, Department of History, 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

Bill Rankin, Assistant Professor, Department of History

"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 and Acting Chair, Department of History, Yale), "American Dining and the Natural World, 19th and 20th Centuries"

February 17, 2011
Alan Mikhail (Assistant Professor, Yale), "Middle East Environmental History: The Fallow Between Two Fields"

April 7, 2011
Gene Tempest (Doctoral Student, Department of History, Yale), "Gas warfare and the horses of the Western Front, 1915-1918 "

April 28, 2011
Helen Curry (Doctoral Student, History of Science and Medicine, Yale), "Radiation and Species
Preservation: Saving the American Chestnut Tree in the Atomic Age"

September 28, 2011

Francesca Ammon (Doctoral Candidate, Yale University), "‘A Dirt-Moving War’: Bulldozers as Weapons and Heroes in World War II"

October 26, 2011

Charu Singh (Fox Fellow, MacMillan Center, 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 (Post-doctoral Fellow, Yale University), "The 'Wild Field,' Pastoralism, and Anthropogenic Grasslands: the Eurasian Steppe from Antiquity to 1700"


January 14, 2010
Paola Bertucci (Assistant Professor of History, Yale University), "Earthquakes and Enlightenment: Controlling the convulsing body of the Earth in the Age of Reform"

February 25, 2010
Philip Slavin (Post-doctoral Associate, Economic Growth Center, Yale University), "On Humans and Bovids: Two Plagues and a Famine in England, 1310-50"

March 25, 2010

Robin Scheffler (Doctoral Student in History of Science and Medicine, Yale University), "Places of Empire: Tropical Biology on Barro Colorado Island, Panama, 1920-1940 "

April 8, 2010
Christine DeLucia (Doctoral Student in American Studies, Yale University), "The Memory Frontier: Making Past and Place in the Northeast after King Philip's War"

May 13, 2010
Karen Hebert, (Assistant Professor of Environmental Anthropology, Yale), "Properties of Restructuring: Charting Fisheries Regulatory Change in Bristol Bay, Alaska"

October 7, 2010

Jacob Dlamini (Doctoral Student in History, Yale University) "Fire Control, Conservation, and Class in South Africa’s Kruger National Park"

October 21, 2010

Paul Erickson (Assistant Professor, Department of History and Environmental Studies & Science in Society Programs, Wesleyan University)

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

November 18, 2010

Rachel Rothschild (Graduate Student, History of Science and Medicine, Yale University) "Environmental Consciousness in the Cold War: Radioecologists, Nuclear Technology, and the Atomic Age"

December 9, 2010

John Grim (Senior Lecturer, Divinity School and School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, Yale University) "The Political Stakes of Embodied Knowledge in an Apsaalooka/Crow Ceremonial"


April 30, 2009
Paul Sabin (Assistant Professor of History, Yale University), “The Climate Crisis and Energy Transition: What role for history?

May 28, 2009
Barry Muchnick (Doctoral Student in History and FES, 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 (Doctoral Student in History, 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 (Professor of History, Yale University), "From the Hills to the White House: Chinese tea in global markets"

October 29, 2009

Sarah Cameron (Doctoral Student in History, Yale University), "How Socialism Tried to Conquer the Steppe: The Manufacture of a Crisis in Soviet Kazakhstan, 1929-1931"

December 10 , 2009

John Wargo (Professor of Environmental Risk Analysis and Policy, Professor of Political Science, Yale University), "Green Intelligence: Creating Environments That Protect Human Health"