Mapping Nature Across the Americas: Faculty and Staff

Co-Directors

Jim Akerman (Director, Hermon Dunlap Smith Center for the History of Cartography at The Newberry Library) has published widely on the social and political aspects of mapping, transportation and travel cartography, and the history of atlases. He has edited four collections of essays, most recently The Imperial Map: Cartography and the Mastery of Empire (2009) and Maps: Finding Our Place in the World (coedited with Robert W. Karrow Jr., 2007). Akerman has directed eight NEH Summer Seminars or Institutes and has curated many exhibitions, including Maps: Finding Our Place in the World (2007-08) and Ptolemy’s Geography and Renaissance Cartographers (2007-08). He also directed the creation of the Newberry’s award-winning educational website, Historic Maps in K-12 Classrooms.

Kathleen A. Brosnan (Travis Chair of Modern American History, University of Oklahoma) will co-direct the institute. She is an environmental historian with fourteen years of teaching experience in universities and continuing education settings. Her research interests include the environmental history of the American West and the globalization of food commodities, such as wine. Brosnan is the author of Uniting Mountain and Plain: Cities, Law and Environmental Change along the Front Range (2002); editor of the prize-winning Encyclopedia of American Environmental History (2010); and co-editor of City Dreams, Country Schemes: Community and Identity in the American West (2011; with Amy Scott) and Energy Capitals: Global Influence, Local Impact (forthcoming 2013; with Joseph Pratt and Martin Melosi). In 2013, she will become president elect of the American Society for Environmental History. She is completing an environmental history of the Napa wine industry.

Guest Faculty

Dr. Craig E. Colten (Carl O. Sauer Professor of Geography at Louisiana State University) is the author or editor of multiple articles and five books, including The Road to Love Canal: Managing Industrial Waste before the EPA (1996); An Unnatural Metropolis: Wresting New Orleans from Nature (2005); and Perilous Place and Powerful Storms: Hurricane Protection in Coastal Louisiana (2009).

Dr. Michael P. Conzen (Professor of Geography and chair of the Committee on Geographic Studies, University of Chicago) is the author, editor, or co-editor of multiple articles and books, including The Making of the American Landscape (2010) and Mapping Manifest Destiny: Chicago and the American West (2007). He has published extensively on the Illinois and Michigan Canal and directed the Illinois and Michigan Canal Corridor National Historical Landmark Project for the National Park Service.

Dr. Raymond Craib (Associate Professor of History, Cornell University) is the author of Cartographic Mexico: A History of State Fixations and Fugitive Landscapes (2004) and numerous articles in edited volumes and scholarly journals such as Radical History Review, the Journal of Historical Geography, and Hispanic American Historical Review.

Dr. Sterling Evans (Welsh Chair of History of the Southern Plains, Borderlands and Oklahoma, University of Oklahoma) has authored or edited four books, including American Indians in American History, 1870-2001 (2002); The Borderlands of the American and Canadian Wests (2006); and Bound in Twine: The History and Ecology of the Henequen-Wheat Complex for Mexico and the American and Canadian Plains, 1880-1950 (2007).

Dr. Ann Durkin Keating (Dr. C. Frederick Toenniges Professor of History, North Central College), has written two books on Chicago suburbs: Building Chicago: Suburban Developers and the Creation of a Divided Metropolis (1988) and Chicagoland: City and Suburbs of the Railroad Age (2005), and co-edited the Encyclopedia of Chicago (2004). She has led tours of suburban Chicago for Teaching 16 American History grants, the International Planning Association Meeting, American Historical Association Meeting, as well as for many local Chicago groups.

Dr. Anne Knowles (Associate Professor of Geography, Middlebury College) is the author or editor of six books or special journal issues, including Past Time, Past Place: GIS for History (2002); Placing History: How Maps, Spatial Data and GIS Are Changing Historical Scholarship (2008); and most recently Mastering Iron: The Struggle to Modernize an American Industry, 1800-1868 (2013).

Dr. Neil Safier (Director and Librarian, John Carter Brown Library at Brown University) is the author of the prize-winning Measuring the New World: Enlightenment Science and South America (2012) and has published many articles in scholarly journals or edited volumes such as Mapping Latin America (Dym and Offen, 2011) and The Imperial Map (Akerman, 2009).

Dr. Richard White (Margaret Byrne Professor of History, Stanford University) is the former director of Stanford’s Spatial History Project, a collaboration of diverse scholars engaged in creative visual analysis to further research in the field of history. Professor White, a past Newberry fellow and MacArthur Foundation Fellowship awardee, is a leading scholar of the American West and environmental history and author of nine books, including Railroaded: The Transcontinentals and the Making of the West (2012); The Organic Machine: The Remaking of the Columbia River (1996); and The Middle Ground: Indians, Empire and Republics in the Great Lakes Region, 1650-1815 (1990). Both Railroaded and Middle Ground were finalists for the Pulitzer Prize.

Additional Staff

Peter Nekola (Assistant Director, Hermon Dunlap Smith Center for the History of Cartography) is a specialist in the history and philosophy of science and their connections to the history of cartography.

Patrick Morris, Map Cataloger and Reference Librarian

Anne Cullen, Program Assistant, Hermon Dunlap Smith Center for the History of Cartography

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