American Society for Environmental History

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The American Society for Environmental History (ASEH) is a professional society for the field of environmental history. The ASEH was founded in 1977 [1] and their mission is to increase understanding of current environmental issues by analyzing their historical background. ASEH promotes scholarship and teaching in environmental history, supports the professional needs of its members, and connects their work with larger communities. The organization's goals are to expand the understanding of the history of human interaction with the natural world, foster dialogue with multiple disciplines, and support global environmental history that benefit the public and scholarly communities. It co-publishes its quarterly journal Environmental History with the Forest History Society through Oxford University Press as well as its quarterly newsletter ASEH News.

ASEH is a member of the National Coalition of History, American Council of Learned Societies, and International Consortium of Environmental History Organizations (ICEHO). ASEH is partnered with several government agencies including the National Park Service, the US Forest Service, and the US Fish and Wildlife Service. With these partners they conduct workshops on toxicology and public health, environmental justice, fire history, urban history, and national parks. They also work with the George Wright Society, Society for Conservation Biology, American Historical Association.

ASEH offers eight awards for outstanding scholarship and achievement. They award four prizes yearly in outstanding scholarship for best book in environmental history (George Perkins Marsh Prize), best article in their journal publication Environmental History (Leopold-Hidy Prize), best article published outside of Environmental History(Alice Hamilton Prize), and best dissertation in environmental history (Rachel Carson Prize). Every two years, they recognize outstanding service and achievement by awarding the Distinguished Scholar Award, Distinguished Service Award, Public Outreach Project Award, Distinguished Career in Public Environmental History. They also award the Division of History of Science and Technology prize every four years to about five young historians for an outstanding doctoral dissertation.

In addition to their awards, ASEH sponsors several fellowships and other funding opportunities. There is the ASEH/Newberry Library Fellowship that supports PhD candidates or post-doctoral scholars for one month in residency to do research at the Newberry Library in Chicago, Illinois. The Samuel P. Hays Research Fellowship supports travel to a manuscript repository for research. The Hal Rothman Dissertation Fellowship supports archival research and travel. National Sporting Library Fellowship supports up to two months in residency for the use of the library's collection. There is also the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Grant that supports those interested in publishing a well-researched book intended to reach a broad audience.


  • John Opie 1977–1979
  • Wilbur L. Jacobs 1979–1980
  • Donald Worster 1980–1982
  • Morgan Sherwood 1982–1985
  • Clayton R. Koppes 1985–1987
  • John F. Richards 1987–1989
  • William Cronon 1989–1993
  • Martin Melosi 1993–1995
  • Susan Flader 1995–1997
  • Donald Pisani 1997–1999
  • Jeffrey K. Stine 1999–2001
  • Carolyn Merchant 2001–2003
  • Douglas Weiner 2003–2005
  • Stephen Pyne 2005–2007
  • Nancy Langston 2007–2009
  • Harriet Ritvo 2009–2011
  • John McNeill 2011–2013
  • Gregg Mitman, 2013–2015
  • Kathleen Brosnan, 2015–2017

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Environmental History Websites