Blending my interests in cultural history, spatial history and historical geography, my research examines the environmental history of American timekeeping practices from 1660 to 1920, exploring the tangled truth that in order to know where you are, you also have to know when you are. This project has led me to investigate the 18th and 19th century histories of subjects as diverse as horticulture, navigation, the history of statistics, mill machinery, and daylight saving.


Field:
  • US Environmental History, Cultural History, Early American History

MA Title:

  • "The Cosmopolitan Gardener and the Early Melon: Reading 'The American Gardener's Calendar' as an Early American Horticultural Heuristic"

Working Dissertation Title:

  • "Between the Calendar and the Clock: An Environmental History of American Timekeeping, 1660-1920"

Education:

  • St. Mary’s College of Maryland, Bachelors of Arts, 2007, History with honors

Selected Publications:

  • "The Early Melon and the Mechanical Gardener: Toward and Environmental History of American Timekeeping, 1660-1820" Environmental History [publication pending, accepted, Sept. 2016]

Awards:

  • Smithsonian Institution Fellowship, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC, 2016

  • Henry Belin Du Pont Dissertation Fellowship, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE, 2016

  • Phillips Library Research Fellowship, Peabody Essex Museum and Phillips Library, Salem, MA, 2016

  • Dumbarton Oaks Short-Term Research Residency, Dumbarton Oaks, 2016

  • Colonial Dames Fellowship in Early American History, 2016

  • Graduate Student Research Grant, Center for Culture, History and Environment (CHE), UW-Madison, 2013

  • University Fellowship [two-year fellowship], UW-Madison Graduate School, 2010-2011; 2015-2016

  • Vilas Welcome Award, UW-Madison Graduate School, 2010

  • St. Mary’s Project Award [cash prize honoring achievement on a senior honors thesis, including research stipend], St. Mary’s College of Maryland, 2007

  • Colton History Award [book prize for senior history thesis], St. Mary’s College of Maryland, 2007

Professional Affiliations:

  • ASEH

Courses Taught as TA:

  • History 329 - History of American Capitalism, Professor Colleen Dunlavy, UW-Madison, 2013
  • History 329 - History of American Capitalism, Professor Colleen Dunlavy, UW-Madison, 2013
  • History 393 - Slavery, Civil War, and Reconstruction, Professor Stephen Kantrowitz, UW-Madison, 2014
  • History 460 - American Environmental History, Professor William Cronon, UW-Madison, 2015
  • History 461 - The American West to 1850, Lecturer Travis Tennesson, UW-Madison, 2014
  • History 460 - American Environmental History, Professor William Cronon, UW-Madison, 2012

Grad

Kate Wersan

wersan@wisc.edu

Advisor:
William J. Cronon

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