Strother E. Roberts F'12, F'10

Strother E. Roberts
Visiting Assistant Professor
Bowdoin College

ACLS New Faculty Fellows Program 2012
New Faculty Fellow
Brown University
PhD, History, Northwestern University appointed in History at Brown University

Dissertation: "The Commodities of the Country: An Environmental Biography of the Colonial Connecticut Valley"

Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellowships 2010
Doctoral Candidate
Northwestern University
Harvesting the Woods, Harnessing the Waters: An Environmental History of the Colonial Connecticut Valley

“Harvesting the Woods, Harnessing the Waters,” situates the early American environment within the broader context of the seventeenth- and eighteenth-century Atlantic World, providing a valuable corrective to the excellent but inward-looking environmental histories that have preceded it. This project explores the growth of an overlapping network of local, regional, and trans-Atlantic markets in natural resources and studies the impact that local inhabitants’ choices within these markets had upon both the land- and waterscapes of the colonial Connecticut Valley. It shows that these early modern markets worked to displace the impact of resource consumption in much the way that modern wealthy nations purchase improved ecological conditions at the expense of developing-world trading partners.