Faculty Profile

Emily Pawley

Assistant Professor of History (2011)

Contact Information

pawleye@dickinson.edu

Denny Hall Room 4
717.245.1552

Bio

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

Education

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

2014-2015 Academic Year

Fall 2014

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

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

EASN 206 Looking Across the Pacific
Cross-listed with HIST 211-02 and ENST 311-01. Cultural comparison can be a powerful tool to get us to question our assumptions and to make the familiar seem unfamiliar. With this in mind, this class juxtaposes the environmental histories of the United States and Japan, highlighting radical differences, unexpected similarities, and transpacific connections. Separate units will question each culture’s definitions of “nature,” examine different relationships with “indigenous cultures,” compare energy strategies, with a particular focus on the Three Mile Island and Fukushima disasters, and finally examine how these cultures have influenced each other through the exchange of organisms and ideas.

HIST 211 Looking Across the Pacific
Cross-listed with EASN 206-02 and ENST 311-01. Cultural comparison can be a powerful tool to get us to question our assumptions and to make the familiar seem unfamiliar. With this in mind, this class juxtaposes the environmental histories of the United States and Japan, highlighting radical differences, unexpected similarities, and transpacific connections. Separate units will question each culture’s definitions of “nature,” examine different relationships with “indigenous cultures,” compare energy strategies, with a particular focus on the Three Mile Island and Fukushima disasters, and finally examine how these cultures have influenced each other through the exchange of organisms and ideas.

HIST 211 Food and American Environment
Cross-listed with ENST 311-03. 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.

ENST 311 Looking Across the Pacific
Cross-listed with EASN 206-02 and HIST 211-02. Cultural comparison can be a powerful tool to get us to question our assumptions and to make the familiar seem unfamiliar. With this in mind, this class juxtaposes the environmental histories of the United States and Japan, highlighting radical differences, unexpected similarities, and transpacific connections. Separate units will question each culture’s definitions of “nature,” examine different relationships with “indigenous cultures,” compare energy strategies, with a particular focus on the Three Mile Island and Fukushima disasters, and finally examine how these cultures have influenced each other through the exchange of organisms and ideas.

ENST 311 Food and American Environment
Cross-listed with HIST 211-01. 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.