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ASEH Prize, Award, and Fellowship Winners 2023

March 28, 2023 7:57 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

ASEH announced the winners of all if its distinguished awards, prizes for scholarships, and research fellowships at last week’s annual conference in Boston. This year’s winners are:


Distinguished Scholar Award

Joel Tarr


Lisa Mighetto Distinguished Service Award

Paul S. Sutter

Distinguished Career in Public Environmental History

Jenny Price



George Perkins Marsh Prize for best book in environmental history


Ruth Rogaski, Knowing Manchuria: Environments, the Senses, and Natural Knowledge on an Asian Borderland (University of Chicago Press)


Abigail Agresta, The Keys to Bread and Wine: Faith, Nature, and Infrastructure in Late Medieval Valencia (Cornell)

Andy Bruno, Tunguska: A Siberian Mystery and Its Environmental Legacy (Cambridge)

Laura Martin, Wild by Design: The Rise of Ecological Restoration (Harvard)

Rachel Carson Prize for best dissertation

Scott Doebler (Penn State University), "Arboreal Apogees: Maya, English, And Spanish Ecologies In Lowland Yucatán And Guatemala, 1517-1717

Alice Hamilton Prize for best article outside of the journal Environmental History

Simone Schleper, "Caribou crossings: the Trans-Alaska Pipeline System, conservation, and stakeholdership in the Anthropocene"


Leopold-Hidy Award to honor the best article in the journal Environmental History

Emily Brownell, “Reterritorializing the Future: Writing Environmental Histories of the Oil Crisis from Tanzania.”


ASEH-FHS Graduate Student Essay Prize:


Ethan Barkalow (Georgetown University), Empire Underwater: Seaweed and Technology on a Korean Littoral, 1907-1945" 

Environmental History Fellows: 

Camden Elliott (Harvard University), “Nursery of Empire: Trees, Time, and Native American Resistance in the Colonial Northeast, 1675-1765”

Chandra Laborde (University of California Berkeley), “Building a Country Women's Commune: Spatializing Ecological Feminism in Northern California during the 1970s”

Hayden Nelson (University of Kansas), “‘Saw-Mills and Liberty!’: Timber Resources, Property, and Removal in Territorial Kansas”


Most Effective Poster at ASEH 2023 Annual Conference:

Caleb Ireland, Bates College, “Let Freedom Ring from the Mighty Cypress Trees to the Amber Waterways: An Environmental History of Marronage in the Great Dismal Swamp”

Dmitrijs Porsnovs, University of Stavanger, “How listening to science become a disaster: History of tire artificial reefs off the Atlantic coast”


Hal Rothman Dissertation Fellowship

Anjuli Webster (Emory University), “Fluid empires: histories of environment and sovereignty in nineteenth century southern Africa”

J. Donald Hughes Graduate Research Fellowships

Andrew Craig (University of Georgia), “Obnoxious Odors, Dead Vegetation, and Irritated Lungs: Nuisance Lawsuits and Community Mobilization against Fertilizer Production in the US South 1910-1920”

Weijia (Vicky) Shen (University of Pittsburgh), “Plants, Insects, and the Making of the 20th century Asia-Pacific”

Equity Graduate Fellowship

Donal Thomas (Stony Brook University), “Knowledge Transfer from the Natural World of the Western Ghats: Indigenous Voices and the making of Imperial Metropolitan Institutions, 1770-1905”

Samuel P. Hays Research Fellowship

Diana Alejandra Méndez Rojas (Centro de Estudios del Movimiento Obrero y Socialista, Mexico City), “Mario Payeras And The Ecological Critique Of Civilization

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