Working Groups

Earth and Environmental Sciences

The Earth and Environmental Sciences Working Group explores the interactions between humans and their environments from a variety of different disciplinary perspectives in the humanities and social sciences. Meetings are held monthly to discuss a colleague’s work in progress or to discuss readings that are of particular interest to participants.

Meetings are usually held at the Consortium offices in Philadelphia from 6:00 to 7:30 on first Wednesdays. Scholars located anywhere can also participate online.

To join this working group, click "Request group membership" at right. You will receive instructions for participating online or in person.


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    Frederick Davis

    Frederick Rowe Davis is Professor of History and the R. Mark Lubbers Chair in the History of Science in the Department of History at Purdue University. His research interests lie at the intersection of the history of earth and environmental sciences, environmental health, and environmental history. He recently published Banned: A History of Pesticides and the Science of Toxicology (Yale 2014).


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    Mark Hersey

    Mark Hersey is Associate Professor of History at Mississippi State University and co-editor of Environmental History. His research interests lie in the fields of environmental, rural, and agricultural history, with a particular emphasis on the American South, especially Alabama and Mississippi. He is the author of My Work Is That Of Conservation: An Environmental Biography of George Washington Carver.


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    Jeremy Vetter

    Jeremy Vetter is Associate Professor of History at the University of Arizona. His research is at the intersection of environmental history and the history of science and technology in the American West. He is the author of Field Life: Science in the American West during the Railroad Era (Pittsburgh, 2016).


Upcoming Meetings (all times Eastern)

There are no currently scheduled upcoming events.

Past Meetings

  • October 3, 2013

    Jacob Hamblin of Oregon State introduced selections from his book Arming Mother Nature: The Birth of Catastrophic Environmentalism

  • April 18, 2013

    L. Ruth Rand introduced her Orbital Decay: Space Junk and the Environmental History of a Global Commons, 1957-2009

  • March 7, 2013

    Jody Roberts introduced his draft book chapter, Politics in a Bottle

  • February 7, 2013

    Jeffery Brideau introduced his draft dissertation chapter, An Inland Seacoast? The Origins of the Seaway Idea and Construction of Bi-National Interest

  • November 1, 2012

    Jeffery Brideau introduced the Introduction from Confluence: The Nature of Technology and the Remaking of the Rhône by Sara B. Pritchard.

  • October 18, 2012

    Jody Roberts introduced the collection of essays The Future of Environmental History: Needs and Opportunities published by the Rachel Carson Center.

  • January 18, 2012

    Building a Protective Web: CHESS and the Challenges of System Building in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, 1969-1977 by Jongmin Lee of Virginia Tech.

  • November 16, 2011

    Group discussion of A Landscape of Energy Abundance: Anthracite Coal Canals and the Roots of American Fossil Fuel Dependence, 1820-1860 by Christopher F. Jones

  • October 19, 2011

    The Nose as Sanitary Agent: Scenting the Home by Melanie Kiechle, CHF

  • May 18, 2011

    Jody Roberts will introduce Climate for Change, or How to Create a Green Modernity? by Ulrich Beck Theory Culture Society 2010 27: 254 and A New Climate for Society by Sheila Jasanoff Theory Culture Society 2010 27: 233

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