Peder Anker (historian)

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Peder Anker
Alma materHarvard University, University of Oslo
Known for"From Bauhaus to Ecohouse: A History of Ecological Design", "Imperial Ecology: Environmental Order in the British Empire, 1895-1945"
Scientific career
FieldsHistory of Ecology, Environmental Science, Ecological Architecture and Design, Philosophy

Peder Anker (pronounced /PAY-dur anchor/; born May 27, 1966 in Oslo, Norway) is a historian of environmental sciences, specializing in the history of ecology and ecological architecture and design. Anker is currently an associate professor at the Gallatin School of Individualized Study and the Environmental Studies Program at New York University.[1] Anker has received research fellowships from the Fulbright Program, the Dibner Institute and the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, and been a visiting scholar at both Columbia University and University of Oslo.

He is the author of From Bauhaus to Eco-House: A History of Ecological Design (Louisiana State University Press 2010), which explores the intersection of architecture and ecological science, and Imperial Ecology: Environmental Order in the British Empire, 1895-1945 (Harvard University Press, 2001), which investigates how the promising new science of ecology flourished in the British Empire.[2][3]

Personal life[edit]

Peder Anker was born in Oslo, Norway. His mother, Bodil Borchsenius Anker, was a high-school teacher and researcher of pedagogy at the University of Oslo, while his father, Erik Anker, was a partner at the architectural office Anker & Hølaas. Peder attended the Rudolf Steiner-school and Persbraaten High School, both in Oslo. His older brother Espen Anker is a practicing psychiatrist while his younger sister Hedevig Anker is an artist. Peder has been married to Nina Edwards Anker since 2001. They have two children, Lukas and Theo.


Anker earned a B.A. in Environmental Philosophy in 1991 from the University of Oslo, a M.A. in Philosophy in 1993 from the University of Oslo, a M.A. in History of Science in 1998 from Harvard University, and a Ph.D. in History of Science in 1999 from Harvard University.[4]


Anker started his academic career at the University of Oslo, where he was a lecturer at the Department of Philosophy from 1993-1994. After receiving his Ph.D., he became a Research Fellow at the Department of Philosophy at the University of Oslo in 2000.[4] He then taught at Harvard University, in the Department of History of Science from 2000-2001. During this time, he published his first book, Imperial Ecology: Environmental Order in the British Empire, 1895-1945. From here, he conducted Postdoctoral Research at the Center for Development and Environment at the University of Oslo until 2006. From 2006-2009, he continued at the University of Oslo where he was a Research Fellow for the Forum for the University History. Anker is currently an Associate Professor at The Gallatin School of Individualized Study and The Environmental Studies Program, at New York University.[1] While working at The Gallatin School of Individualized Study, he co-founded GLOBAL Design NYU, and is currently working as GDNYU Director along with Mitchell Joachim and Louise Harpman.[5] While at New York University, he published his second book in 2010, From Bauhaus to Ecohouse: A History of Ecological Design. For his work in environmentalism, Anker was interviewed by Adam Curtis for a BBC TV Documentary, “How the ‘ecosystem’ myth has been used for sinister means."[6][7] In 1995-1999, Anker participated in the Fulbright-Hays Fellowship Program, Bertram and Barbara Cohn Fellowship at Harvard University, and was a Dibner Institute Graduate Fellow at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.[4]

Selected works[edit]

  • “The Call for a New Ecotheology in Norway,” Journal for the Study of Religion, Nature and Culture 7:2 (2013), 187-207.
  • “Ecological Communication at the Oxford Imperial Forestry Institute,” in Cultivating the Colonies: Colonial States and their Environmental Legacies, Christina Folke Ax (et.a.) (ed.) Ohio University Press, 2011.
  • “Viewing the Earth from Without or from Within” with Nina Edwards Anker, New Geographies 4 (2011), 89-94.
  • "Seeing Pink: The Eco-Art of Simon Starling," Journal of Visual Art Practice 7 (2008), 3-9.
  • "Deep Ecology in Bucharest," Trumpeter 24 (2008), 56-58.
  • "Science as a Vacation: A History of Ecology in Norway," History of Science, 45:4 (2007), 455-479.
  • "Buckminster Fuller as Captain of Spaceship Earth," Minerva, 45:4 (2007), 417-434.
  • "Graphic Language: Herbert Bayer’s Environmental Design," Environmental History, 12:2 (2007), 254-279.
  • "The Closed World of Ecological Architecture," The Journal of Architecture, 10:5 (2005), 527-552.
  • "The Bauhaus of Nature," Modernism/Modernity, 12:2 (2005), 229-251.
  • "The Ecological Colonization of Space," Environmental History, 10:2 (2005), 239-268.
  • "A Vindication of the Rights of Brutes," Philosophy and Geography, 7:2 (2004), 261-266.
  • "The Economy of Nature in the Botany of Nehemiah Grew," Archives of Natural History, 31:2 (2004), 191-207.
  • "The Politics of Ecology in South Africa on the Radical Left," Journal of the History of Biology, 37:2 (2004), 303-331.
  • "The Philosopher’s Cabin and the Household of Nature," Ethics, Place and Environment, 6:2 (2003), 131-141.
  • "The Context of Ecosystem Theory," Ecosystems, 5:7 (2002), 611-613.
  • "The Dream of the Biocentric community and the Structure of Utopias," with Nina Witoszek, Worldviews, 2 (1998), 239-256.



  1. ^ a b Anker, Peder. "Peder Anker | New York University -". Retrieved 2013-11-13.
  2. ^ "About". Peder Anker. Retrieved 2013-11-13.
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  4. ^ a b c "CV". Peder Anker. Retrieved 2013-11-13.
  5. ^ mitchell joachim. "Global Design New York University". Retrieved 2013-11-13.
  6. ^ "Books". Peder Anker. Retrieved 2013-11-13.
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