Faculty Profile

Emily Pawley

Assistant Professor of History (2011)

Contact Information


239 W Louther St Room 205


environmental history, history of capitalism, history of the body, landscape, history of food and food production, history of science


  • B.A., University of Toronto, 2001
  • M.Phil., Cambridge University, M.A., University of Pennsylvania, 2004
  • Ph.D., 2009

2016-2017 Academic Year

Fall 2016

HIST 151 History of Environment

ENST 151 History of Environment
Cross-listed with HIST 151-01.

HIST 211 Food and American Environment
This class examines the ways that the culture and politics of food have reshaped North American landscapes and social relations from colonial to modern times. We will explore, for example, how the new taste for sweetness fueled the creation of plantations worked by enslaved, the ways that the distribution of frozen meat helped build cities and clear rangeland, and the ways that the eating of fresh fruit came to depend on both a new population of migrant laborers and a new regime of toxic chemicals. Other topics will include catastrophes such as the Dustbowl, the controversial transformations of the Green Revolution, and the modern debates about the obesity epidemic.

FDST 500 Independent Study

Spring 2017

HIST 117 American Hist 1607 to 1877
This course covers colonial, revolutionary, and national America through Reconstruction. Include attention to historical interpretation. Multiple sections offered.

HIST 404 Nature
"Nature" is one of the richest words in the English language, encompassing fundamental ideas about landscape, science, religions, human bodies, and social formations. In this writing-intensive Senior Seminar, we will explore ideas about nature and the natural as a jumping-off point for our semester-long independent research projects. In doing so, we will come to question our own understandings of this word and the range of claims and policies it is invoked to justify.