Carolyn Merchant

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Carolyn Merchant, PhD, History of Science, 1967, is Distinguished Professor Emerita, Chancellor’s Professor, and Professor of the Graduate School at the University of California, Berkeley. Her landmark book, The Death of Nature: Women, Ecology, and the Scientific Revolution, has shaped the fields of the History of Science, Women's Studies, and Environmental History ever since its publication in 1980 (2nd edition, 1990, 3rd [40th anniversary] edition, 2020). The subject of over 130 reviews, major symposia, special journal sections, and keynote lectures worldwide, it has been translated into eight languages (Japanese 1985), German (1987, 1994 [mass market], 2020); Italian (1988), Swedish (1994), Chinese (1999), Korean (2005), Spanish (2020), French (2020) and Turkish (2022). It was followed by ten additional single-authored books: Ecological Revolutions (1989); Radical Ecology (1992, 2012, 2014 [Korean], 1995; 2e, 2005); The Columbia Guide to American Environmental History (2002, paperback 2005); Earthcare (1996); Reinventing Eden (2003, paperback, 2004; 2e, 2013); American Environmental History (2007); Autonomous Nature (2015); Spare the Birds! (2016); Science and Nature (2018); and The Anthropocene and the Humanities (2020), along with three edited books: Key Concepts in Critical Theory: Ecology (1994, 2e, 2008), Green Versus Gold: Sources in California's Environmental History (2002, paperback, 2005), and a 3 person, co-edited Encyclopedia of World Environmental History (2004), 3 vols. In addition she has published over 100 single-authored peer-reviewed research articles. A festschrift, After the Death of Nature, and a symposium honoring her work appeared in 2018.

Merchant has been a Guggenheim fellow; a Fulbright scholar, a two-time fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences, Stanford; a fellow at the National Humanities Center, Research Triangle Park, NC; a member of the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, and an American Association for the Advancement of Science fellow. She has presented over 360 lectures in the United States, Canada, Europe, Brazil, and Australia. There are over 230 reviews and discussions of books written by Carolyn Merchant. She received the American Society for Environmental History (ASEH) Distinguished Scholar Award in 2010 and the ASEH Distinguished Service Award in 2017.