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Emily Pawley

(she/her/hers)Associate 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

2020-2021 Academic Year

Spring 2021

HIST 151 History of Environment
This course will consist of a weekly asynchronous lecture, which students should try to do on Sunday or Monday, and two weekly discussion sections on Wednesday and Friday.

HIST 313 Scientific Revolution?
This class will consist of synchronous conversations and research exercises on Zoom on both Tuesdays and Fridays. Towards the end of the semester the number of our meetings will decline as we refocus on the research paper. In this writing intensive class, we will investigate the development of the powerful ways of knowing we call science. Focusing on the pivotal periods often called “revolutions” we will examine topics from the decline of natural magic and alchemy and the changing meaning of monsters, to the invention of concepts of objectivity and factuality, to the imperial expansion of natural history and the origins of evolutionary thought, to the development of big science and the rise of cold war physics. In doing so we will better understand our own ways of looking at the world.