The WHC is pleased to sponsor this lightning style roundtable that explores new scholarship in environmental history using the framework of political ecology. It brings together five advanced graduate students whose research spans a wide geographical and temporal scope. From forest management in the People’s Republic of China to human and plant epidemics in the British Empire, each panelist will address how their research engages with political ecology, how their approach fits within and pushes forward the historiography of the field, as well as the benefits and challenges of using political ecology as a framework. Dr. Mary Draper, Midwestern State University, will serve as commentator on the panel. This event is part of Environmental History Week, organized by the American Society for Environmental History.
The roundtable will take place on Monday April 26 from 10am-11:30 am. Register for the Zoom event here: https://pitt.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJMqduqsrD8pHtMzodXOh7sOrx0w_Qv5ugia
Vicky Shen, University of Pittsburgh
Mary Draper, Assistant Professor, MSU Texas
Dr. Mary Draper is an Assistant Professor of history at Midwestern State University. She is an expert in the environmental history of early North America and the Atlantic World, particularly within the 17th and 18th century British Caribbean. Her article, "Timbering and Turtling: The Maritime Hinterlands of Early Modern British Caribbean Cities," is an exemplary case study into how political ecology can be used within the field of environmental history.