Curriculum Vitae
CAROLYN MERCHANT

Biography

Name:    Carolyn Merchant

Title:    Professor of Environmental History, Philosophy, and Ethics, University of  California, Berkeley

Degrees:    A.B. Chemistry, Vassar College
    M.A. and Ph.D. History of Science, University of Wisconsin, Madison
    Doctor Honoris Causa, Umea University, Umea, Sweden

Addresses:    Department of Environmental Science, Policy, and Management
    130 Mulford Hall
    University of California, Berkeley
    Berkeley, Ca. 94720

    Campus office: 138 Giannini

Telephone:    510-642-0326 (office); 510-643-4361 (fax)

E-mail:    merchant@berkeley.edu

Websites:     Carolyn Merchant (http://nature.berkeley.edu/merchant);      Environmental History (http://www.ecohistory.org)


Honors:   

    Westinghouse Science Talent Search, among top ten in nation

    E.B. Fred Fellow, University of Wisconsin

    American Council of Learned Societies Fellow, 1978.  (As Carolyn Iltis)

    Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences Fellow, Stanford, CA, 1978  (As Carolyn Iltis). Also Fall 2017.

    Sigma Xi National Lecturer (The Scientific Research Society), 1982-4.

    Fulbright Senior Scholar, University of Umea, Sweden, 1984.

    Visiting Professor, Ecole Normale Superieure, Paris, France, June, 1986.

    Visiting Fellow, Murdoch University, Western Australia, 1991.

    John Simon Guggenheim Fellow, 1995.

    Included in Who's Who; Who's Who in America; International Who's Who

    Chancellor's Professor, U.C. Berkeley, 1998.

    Educational Initiatives Award, U.C. Berkeley, 2000.

    John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Fellow in the Ecological Humanities, National Humanities Center, 2001.

    President, American Society for Environmental History, 2001-2003.

    Career Achievement Award. U.C, Berkeley, College of Natural Resources, 2008.

    Townsend Center, Mellon Foundation Fellowship: Classical Studies and Contemporary Humanities, 2009-10.

    Distinguished Scholar Award, American Society for Environmental History, 2010.

    Fellow, American Association for the Advancement of Science, 2011.

    Fellow, American Council of Learned Societies, 2012.

    Member, Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, 2012.


Named and Distinguished Lectures:

1. Zarem Distinguished Lecture, Harvey Mudd College, November 19, 1980.

2. Kreeger-Wolf Distinguished Visiting Professor, Northwestern University, November 20, 1985.

3. Chancellor's Lecture, University of Wisconsin, Green Bay, March 7, 1987.
    
4.  Richard Jones Memorial Lecture, University of Tasmania, Hobart, Australia, May 13, 1991.

5. Forum Lecturer, Humanities Institute, University of Toledo, April 6-8, 1992.

6. Cecil and Ida Green Professor, University of Vancouver, Vancouver, Canada, February 1-5, 1993.

7. Atwood Lecturer, Graduate School of Geography, Clark University, Worcester, MA, October 10, 11, 1994.

8. Doctor Honoris Causa lecture, Umea University, September 15, 1995.

9. First John Caughey Memorial Lecture, Huntington Library, San Marino, CA, November 3, 1996.

10. Goodspeed Lecturer, Dension College, Granville, Ohio, February 11, 1997.

11. John Brinckerhoff Jackson Memorial Lecture, Harvard University, April 3, 1997.

12. Eugene Odum Annual Lecture, University of Georgia, Athens, November 14, 1997.

13. The 1998 Timothy Linnemann Memorial Lecture, Colorado College, Colorado Springs, CO, April 22, 1998.

14. Second Annual Ian McHarg Lecture, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, February 7, 2000.

15. Tanner Foundation and President's Inaugural Lecturer, Salt Lake Community College, Salt Lake City, UT, April 23, 2001.

16. Throckmorton Lecture, University of Portland, Portland, OR, February 24, 2003.

17.  Presidential Address to the American Society for Environmental History, Providence, RI, March 27, 2003.

18. Henrietta Harvey Distinguished Lecture, Memorial University, St. John's, Newfoundland, Canada, March 24, 2004.

19. President's Distinguished Lecture, University of Vermont, Burlington, VT, October 1, 2004.

20. Science and Technology Studies Distinguished Lecture, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, November 5, 2004.

21. Russell Lecture, Alfred University, Alfred, New York,  April 4, 2006.

22. Thomas and Albert J. Shipka Lecture, Youngstown State University, February 12, 2008.

23. Women, Science, and Technology Distinguished Lecturer, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA, February 24, 2009.

24. Branigin Lecturer of the Institute for Advanced Study, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN, March 30, 2009.

25. Bernard Moses Memorial Lecture, U.C. Berkeley, May 4, 2010.

26. The 2011 Phebe Estelle Spalding Lecture, Pomona College Women's Commission, Feb. 3, 2011.

27. Keynote address to the 12th Biennial Meeting of the International Margaret Cavendish Society, June 23, 2017.


Employment

University of California, Berkeley.

1986-present.  Professor of Environmental History, Philosophy, and Ethics, Department of Environmental Science, Policy, and Management (ESPM) (formerly Conservation and Resource Studies; and Natural Resource Historian, Agricultural Experiment Station

2005-07.  Chair, ESPM Division of Society and Environment.

1984-89.  Chair, Department of Conservation and Resource Studies

1980-86.  Associate Professor

1979-80.  Assistant Professor

University of San Francisco.

1976-78.  Associate Professor of History of Science, Department of Physics and Natural Sciences Interdisciplinary Program

1975-76.  Assistant Professor

University of California, Berkeley.

1974-75.  Visiting Lecturer in the Collegiate Seminar Program, Strawberry Creek College

University of San Francisco.

1969-74.  Lecturer in History of Science, Department of Physics and Natural Sciences Interdisciplinary Program

Oregon State University.

1969.  Visiting Lecturer in History of Science, General Science Department


Scholarship

Doctoral Disseration, Carolyn Merchant Iltis. "The Controversy over Living Force: Leibniz to D'Alembert." University of Wisconsin, Madison. Major Professor: Erwin N. Hiebert.

Publications:

I.  Books.  (View recent editions for online ordering).

10 books (6 single-authored books, 3 edited books, 1 co-edited book). Books translated into German, Italian, Swedish, Japanese, Chinese, Korean.

(E)    1980.  The Death of Nature: Women, Ecology, and the Scientific Revolution (San Francisco: Harper and Row), 348 pp.  + xx.  London: Wildwood House, 1983.  Second edition, San Francisco:  Harper and Row, 1990.

(E)    1985.  Japanese translation of The Death of Nature, Tokyo: Kousakusha.

(E)    1987.  Der Tod der Natur:  Okologie, Frauen und neuzeitliche Naturwissenschaft. German translation of The Death of Nature (abridged edition) Munich: C. H. Beck.  

(E)    1988.  La Morte Della Natura: Donne, ecologia e Rivoluzione scientifica.  Italian translation of The Death of Nature, Milan: Garzanti Editorial.

(E)    1989.  Ecological Revolutions: Nature, Gender, and Science in New England, Chapel Hill:    University of North Carolina Press, 379 pp. + xv. Nominated for Pulitzer Prize.

(E)    1990.  The Death of Nature. San Francisco:  Harper and Row, second edition.

(E)    1992.  Radical Ecology:  The Search for a Livable World.  New York and London:  Routledge.  
    
(E)    1993.  Major Problems in American Environmental History:  Documents and Essays.  Edited by Carolyn Merchant.  Lexington, Ma:  D. C. Heath, 568 pp. + xxii.

(E)    1994.  Key Concepts in Critical Theory:  Ecology.  Edited with an introduction by Carolyn Merchant.  Atlantic Highlands, N. J.:  Humanities Press, 383 pp.

(E)    1994.   Der Tod Der Natur, Munich:  C.H. Beck.  Reissued in mass market paperback.

(E)    1994.  Radical Ecology:  The Search for a Livable World. Translated by Jiyuji Sudo. Tokyo:  Sangyo.  Japanese translation.

(E)    1994.  Naturens Dod:  Kvinnan, Ekologin och den Vetenskapliga Revolutionen. Stockholm (Stegag): Symposion.  (Swedish Translation of The Death of Nature).
 
(E)    1996.  Earthcare:  Women and the Environment. New York:  Routledge, 280 pp. + xii.

(E)    1998.  Green Versus Gold:  Sources in California's Environmental History. (Washington, D.C.:  Island Press), edited with an introduction, conclusion, and bibliographies, 478 pp. + xxiv.

(E)    1999. The Death of Nature: Women, Ecology, and the Scientific Revolution. Trans. Wu Guosheng et al., in Green Classics Library. Beijing: Jilin Peoples's Publishing House. (Chinese translation).

(E)    2002. Columbia Guide to American Environmental History. New York: Columbia University Press, 448 pp. + xviii.

(E)    2003.  Reinventing Eden:  The Fate of Nature in Western Culture. New York: Routledge, 304 pp. + 30 illustrations.

(E)    2003.  Encyclopedia of World Environmental History. Co-edited with John McNeill and Shepard Krech, III. New York: Routledge, 3 vols, illustrated, with an introduction and entries.

(E)    2004.  Major Problems in American Environmental History. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, Second edition. Edited with introductions, articles, bibliographies, and appendices, 576 pp.

(E)    2004.  Reinventing Eden:  The Fate of Nature in Western Culture. New York: Routledge, 304 pp. + 30 illustrations, paperback edition, also available in a Kindle (digital) edition.

(E)    2005.  Radical Ecology: The Search for a Livable World. New York: Routledge. Second edition, 278 pp.

(E)    2005.  Columbia Guide to American Environmental History. New York: Columbia University Press, 448 pp. + xviii. Paperback edition.

(E)    2005.  The Death of Nature: Women, Ecology, and the Scientific Revolution. Trans. Kyu-Chan Jeon. Seoul: Meeto. (Korean translation).

(E)    2007.  Radical Ecology: The Search for a Livable World, 2nd ed. Trans. Nam-hyeok Heo. Seoul: Ewho. (Korean Translation).

(E)    2007.  American Environmental History: An Introduction. New York: Columbia University Press, 480 pp. + xxii+ 44 illustrations.

(E)    2008.  Key Concepts in Critical Theory:  Ecology.  Edited with an introduction and a chapter by Carolyn Merchant.  2nd edition. Amherst, NY.:  Prometheus Press/Humanity Books, 436 pp.

(E)    2010.  Ecological Revolutions: Nature, Gender, and Science in New England, Chapel Hill:  University of North Carolina Press, 2nd ed., with a new preface and revised epilogue, 394 pp. + xxi.

(E)    2011.  Major Problems in American Environmental History. Boston: Wadsworth Cengage, 3rd edition. Edited with introductions, articles, bibliographies, and appendices, 573 pp. + xvii.

(E)    2013.  Reinventing Eden: The Fate of Nature in Western Culture. New York: Routledge. 2nd edition, with a new Foreword and Afterword.

(E)    2016.  Autonomous Nature: Problems of Prediction and Control from Ancient Times to the Scientific Revolution. New York: Routledge, 196 pp. + xiii.

(E)    2016.  Spare the Birds! George Bird Grinnell and the First Audubon Society. New Haven: Yale University Press, 314 pp. + xiii.

(E)    2018.  Science and Nature: Past, Present, and Future. New York: Routledge, 322 pp. +xviii.


II.  Articles

View list of articles with downloadable PDFs.

View list of articles by category with downloadable PDFs.


III. Work in Progress

(A)    "The Anthropocene and Humanity" in manuscript.


Major Grants


National Science Foundation Grants
National Endowment for the Humanities Grants
California Council for the Humanities Grant
Nathan Cummings Foundation Grant
University of California Berkeley, Research; Teaching; Technology; Humanities GSR; Futures
University of California Berkeley, Agricultural Experiment Station
Separate list Available.


Professional Service and Memberships

History of Science Society,
Member, 1962-present.
Council, 1973-5.
Committee on Women in History of Science, chair, 1973-4; member, 1975-present.
Nominating Committee, 1978.
Committee on Women in the History of Science, Co-chair, 1992-4.

West Coast History of Science Society,
Co-president, 1971-3.

American Society for Environmental History,
Member, 1980-present.
Executive Committee, 1981-1993; 1999-2009.
Associate Editor, Environmental Review, 1984-1989.
Editorial Advisory Board, Environmental History, 1990-2010.
Program Committee, Biennial Meeting, Houston, Texas, 1990-1991.
Rachel Carson Prize Committee for best dissertation, 1992-1993.
Consulting Editor, Environmental History Series, Cambridge University Press, 1984-1996.
Search Committee, Editor of Environmental History, 2000.
Development Committee, 1999-2001.
Vice-President, 1999-2001.
President, 2001-2003.

Advisory Board, Environmental Ethics, 1990-2000.

Advisory Board, Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and Environment (ISLE), 1993-present.

Advisory Board, International Journal of Ecoforestry, 1995-6.

Advisory Board, Ethics and the Environment, 1997-present.

Advisory Board, Organization and Environment, 1997-present.

Editorial Board, Journal of Environmental Studies and Sciences, 2009-present.

Sigma Xi: The Scientific Research Society, member, 1982-present.

Society of Woman Geographers, 1985-present.

Public Service

Mayor's Community Energy Commission, 1981-3; Steering Committee, 1981-3.
Berkeley Bayfront Conservancy Fund, Board of Directors, 1985-6.
Westinghouse Science Talent Search Advisor, 1984-present.
Golden Gate Biosphere Reserve Science Council, 1997-present.
Rachel's Network, Advisory Board, 2002-present.
Sierra Nevada Deep Ecology Institute, Advisory Board, 2002-present.


Teaching


Oregon State University, 1969
    History of Science: Survey
    History of Science: Graduate Seminar

University of San Francisco, 1969-77
    History of Science: Ancient to Modern Survey
    Science, Technology, and Society
    Humanities Honors Seminar on the Scientific Revolution
    Physical Science

University of California, Berkeley, Collegiate Seminar Program, 1974
    The Technological Culture

University of California, Berkeley, Department of Conservation and Resource Studies (now Environmental Science, Policy and Management) 1979-present
    American Environmental and Cultural History (*Winner, Educational Initiatives Award, UCB, 2000)
    Environmental Philosophy and Ethics
    Environmental Problems: Principles and Methods of Analysis
    Environmental History, Philosophy, and Ethics (Graduate Course)
    Ecology, Religion, Gender, and Ethics: Interdisciplinary Perspectives (Graduate Course), 2003
    Senior Seminar
    Internship
    Field Study
    Directed Group Studies: Women and Nature; Solar Greenhouse; Joy of Garbage; Nature Writers; Native     Americans and Environmental Values; Green Politics; Deep Ecology and the Perennial Philosophy; Toward a Sustainable World; Native Americans and the Columbian Legacy
    Supervised Independent Study and Research

Umea University, Umea, Sweden, Department of History of Ideas; Women's Studies Program, 1984
    Nature and Culture
    Women and Science

Murdoch University, Perth, Western Australia, 1991
    Ecofeminism

University of California, Santa Cruz, 1994
    Ecology and Critical Theory, graduate course, 2 quarters.

National Humanities Center, Research Triangle Park, NC, June 24-July 12, 1996; June 22-July 10, 1998; June 25-July 14, 2000: "Nature Transformed:  Environment and Imagination in North America," National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Institute for High School Teachers.

Keynote Addresses at Professional Meetings:

1. "Women and the Environmental Movement." Keynote address to conference on "The Environment in the '80s: Questions of Science and Policy," Williams College, February 28, 1981.

2. "Can Science and Nature Be Partners?  Meeting the Environmental Challenges of the '90s,"  Invited Keynote Address to the Class of 1993, Vassar College, August 25, 1989.

3. "Women and the Global Ecological Revolution," Keynote Address given to the 27th Annual Public Affairs Symposium entitled "The Environment:  Putting the Pieces Together," Dickinson College, February 19, 1990.

4. "The Global Ecological Revolution," Keynote Address given to the conference "In the Pacific Interest:  Women, Democracy, and the Environment, Willamette University, Salem, Oregon, February 22, 1990.

5. "The Global Ecological Revolution:  An Ecofeminist Perspective," Keynote Address presented to the Ecopolitics V Conference, University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia, April 4, 1991.

6. "The Global Ecological Revolution," Keynote lecture presented to the conference, Shifting Paradigms in Science and the Environment, College of Environmental Science and Forestry, State University of  New York, Syracuse, New York, April 10-11, 1992.

7. "Nature and Environmental Values:  An Historical Perspective," Keynote address in the series Nature as Resource, Nature as Home, Mansfield Center, University of Montana, May 17, 1992.

8. "Whither Environmental History?" Keynote address, opening plenary session of the Biennial Meeting of the American Society of Environmental History, on "City and Country:  Contrasting and Interacting Environments," University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, Pa, 1993, March 4, 1993.

9. "Ecofeminism and Partnership Ethics," invited Keynote Address to Public Environmental Interest Law Conference, University of Oregon Law School, Eugene Oregon, March 4, 1995.

10. "Ecofeminism and Partnership Ethics," invited Keynote address presented to the conference on Ecofeminist Perspectives, The Twenty-Second Annual Richard R. Baker Philosophy Colloquium, University of Dayton, Dayton, Ohio, March 31, 1995.

11. "Reinventing Eden:  Western Culture as a Recovery Narrative," Invited Keynote Address presented to the conference, "Crossing Borders:  The Challenge of Ecological Thinking," Oregon Humanities Center, University of Oregon, Eugene, Oregon, April 27, 1995.

12. "Women, Nature, and Narrative:  Making a Difference through Communicating Cultural Stories," Keynote address presented to the Western States Communication Association, annual convention, Pasadena, Ca, February 18, 1996.

13. "Partnership Ethics:  Business and the Environment," invited Keynote lecture presented to the Symposium on Business and the Environment, Olsson Center for Applied Ethics, Darden School of Business Administration," University of Virginia, April 5, 1997.

14. "Reinventing Eden:  Women, Nature, and Narrative," Keynote address presented to the conference on Women and the Environment, University of Wisconsin, LaCrosse, October 24, 1997.

15. "Earthcare: Women and the Environment," Keynote address presented to the Soroptimist Society, Fourteenth Annual Legislative Workshop, Sacramento, Ca, March 23, 1998.

16. "Green Versus Gold: The Environment and the Sesquicentennial of the California Gold Rush," Keynote address presented to the West Coast Society for History of Science, Morro Bay, Ca., May 2, 1998.

17. "Partnership Ethics," Keynote address presented to the conference on "Gaia and the Sacred: Religion, Science, and Ethics," Graduate Theological Union, June 14, 2003.

18. "Reinventing Eden: The Role of Nature in Western Culture," Keynote Address to Society for Human Ecology, 20th anniversary conference, Salt Lake City, UT, October 15, 2005.

19. "Reinventing Eden: The Role of Nature in Western Culture," Keynote address to the inaugural meeting of the Society for the Study of Religion, Nature, and Culture," University of Florida, Gainesville, FL, April 7, 2006.

20. "Partnership with Nature," invited Keynote address presented to the Conference on "Nature and Human Nature: Changing Perspectives,"and panel on "Women and Nature,"Foundation for Mythological Studies, Santa Barbara, CA, March 15, 2007.

21. "Partnership with Nature."Invited Keynote Address presented to the annual conference of the Association of Graduate Liberal Studies Programs, Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, Canada, October 18, 2008.

22. "Controlling Nature: Francis Bacon and the Origins of Experimentation," Invited Keynote address given to the conference on Before Environmentalism, Early Modern Center, University of California, Santa Barbara, March 6, 2009.

23. "Climate Change and the Humanities," Invited Keynote address presented to the Inaugural National Conference on Sustainability and the Humanities, Portland State University, May 14, 2009.

24. "Margaret Cavendish: Natural Philosopher and Feminist," Invited Keynote address presented to the 12th Biennial International Margaret Cavendish Society Conference, Bates College, June 23, 2017.


Papers at Professional Meetings and Invited Lectures. View list.
   
    Over 360 lectures, papers, and keynotes at professional conferences and at colleges and universities throughout North America, Europe, Australia, and Brazil.

Reviews of Books written by Carolyn Merchant. View list

    Over 230 reviews and discussions of books written by Carolyn Merchant.