MemberJeannette Vaught

I am a Lecturer in Liberal Studies and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Cal State-LA, where I teach courses on interdisciplinary research and writing, and science studies. My research background and publications are interdisciplinary as well.  I write about agriculture, animals, and science in mostly equine contexts.  I am also currently writing Locust for Reaktion Books’ Animal Series, which is agricultural and scientific/technological history of the non-mammalian bent. I also host a podcast!  It’s called The Range.  It is produced by me and Foodways Texas in Austin, and its little sweet episodes about Texas food and agricultural history are available on iTunes. And, I write for food publications about food history, logistics, and cultures, with a particular focus on animal, agricultural, and science topics.  Check out my latest here. Interdisciplinarity rules my personal interests as well: I am a horse crazy, greyhound-loving succulent enthusiast. I recently relocated from Austin, TX to Long Beach, CA.  

MemberKeith Pluymers

…“Atlantic Iron: Wood Scarcity and the Political Ecology of Early English Expansion,” William and Mary Quarterly, 3rd series (July 2016), 73 (3): pgs. 389-426.

Nominated for the Agricultural History Society’s 2016 Wayne D. Rasmussen Award for the best article on agricultural history not published in Agricultural History.

“‘Pirates’ and the Problems of Plantation in Seventeenth-Century Ireland,” in Governing the Sea in the Early Modern Era: Essays in Honor of Robert C. Ritchie, edited by Peter C. Mancall and Carole Shammas, (San Marino, CA: Huntington Library Press, 2015), pgs. 79-108.

“Taming the Wilderness in Sixteenth- and Seventeenth-Century Ireland and Virginia,” Environmental History (October 2011) 16 (4): pgs. 610-632….

I’m an early modern environmental historian researching wood scarcity in 16th and 17th century England and how these fears shaped colonial expansion into the Atlantic World. I teach broad courses on environmental history that mix broad geographic and chronological frameworks with case studies. I’ve taught courses on early modern conservation and sustainability, rivers and human history from the Ancient world to Los Angeles, and doing history in the Anthropocene in addition to introductory courses to early modern Atlantic and American environmental history.

MemberAllison Margaret Bigelow

I study the language of colonial science and technology, mostly agriculture and metalwork. By finding texts that bridge the “trade gap” of history and literature – technical treatises, memoriales de arbitristas, legal papers – my research shows how we can unearth the rich literacies and intellectual agencies of understudied groups like women and indigenous experts.

MemberAngela Cassidy

I am a specialist in science and technology studies, with particular interests in science and policy; science communication, engagement and participation; environmental and agricultural politics; contemporary history; and interdisciplinarity. Much of my research explores how scientific knowledge is produced, communicated, interpreted and contested in the wider public sphere, particularly during public knowledge controversies. I have explored these dynamics through a series of case studies, including of popular evolutionary psychology and communication and participation in food chain risks. I also study cross-disciplinary interactions across health, agriculture and the environment, particularly in terms of agenda building and collaboration around the idea of ‘One Health‘. I have recently completed a Wellcome Trust Fellowship investigating the history of bovine TB in the UK since c. 1965 and debates over whether to cull wild badgers in order to control the disease in domestic cattle. The findings will be published in my forthcoming monograph, Vermin, Victims and Disease: British Debates over Bovine Tuberculosis and Badgers (Palgrave Macmillan). You can see further details of my publications here and on Google Scholar. As an extension of my interests in public engagement, I chair the Science in Public Research Network: a cross disciplinary meeting space for academics and professionals interested in science, technology and medicine in the public sphere.

MemberSusan Oosthuizen


2010. Oosthuizen, S. ‘The Old Rectory, Kingston: A short note on its origins’. Proceedings of the Cambridge Antiquarian Society 99: 139-44.

2009. Oosthuizen,S. ‘The Deserted Medieval Settlements of Cambridgeshire: A gazetteer’. Medieval Settlement Research 24: 14-19.

2007. Oosthuizen, S. ‘The Anglo-Saxon Kingdom of Mercia and the Origins and Distribution of Common Fields’. Agricultural History Review 55, 2: 153-180.

2005. Oosthuizen,S. ‘New Light on the Origins of Common Field Agriculture’. Medieval Archaeology 29: 165-193. DOI: 10.1179/007660905×54071

2003. Oosthuizen, S. ‘Medieval Greens and Moats in the Central Province: Evidence from the Bourn Valley, Cambridgeshire’. Landscape History 24: 73-88. DOI: 10.1080/01433768.2002.10594540

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I am Emeritus Professor of Medieval Archaeology at the University of Cambridge. My current research focuses on the origins of the English, collective governance in early medieval and medieval England, and on transformation and continuity in the Anglo-Saxon rural landscape, particularly as evidenced in fields, pastures and settlement. A list of my most recent books and papers can be found alongside this profile. I am a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London and of the Royal Historical Society, and an Emeritus Fellow of Wolfson College, Cambridge.

MemberMatthew Bokovoy

I am senior acquiring editor in the fields of Native American and Indigenous Studies, Cultural Anthropology and Ethnography, History of Anthropology, Non-fiction of the American West, and Literary Memoir of the American West. I conceived the major, social science documentary project, The Franz Boas Papers: Documentary Edition (25 vols.) with my colleagues at University of Nebraska Press, Regna Darnell of University of Western Ontario, and Martin Levitt of American Philosophical Society, funded by $2.5 million CAD from the Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada. I am an American and European historian (PhD, Temple University, 1999) in intellectual, social, and cultural history of the 19th and 20th Century that writes about urban history, architecture and urban planning, historical memory, anthropological race theory, history of science, intellectuals and war, and California and US Southwest history. My work has been published in scholarly journals such as the Journal of the American Planning Association, Reviews in American History, AHA Perspectives, and the New Mexico Historical Review. I am author of The San Diego World’s Fairs and Southwestern Memory, 1880-1940 (University of New Mexico Press, 2005), a finalist for the San Diego Book Award. My reviews have been published in American Historical Review, Journal of American History, Journal of Religion, Journal of American Ethnic History, Pacific Historical Review, Western American Literature, Western Historical Quarterly, and New Mexico Historical Review. I am currently working on a new book, entitled “Manic-Depressive Illness: An Intellectual History of Bipolar Disorder from Hippocrates to Biological Psychiatry.” I play lead guitar in Red Cities (Lincoln, NE), a garage punk band on Modern Peasant Records. The Big Takeover Magazine said: “On breakneck blasters like ‘Worker Song’ and ‘Come Now Baby,’ Red Cities’ unashamedly summon slashing ‘Search and Destroy’ simulating riffs – tension-building, jet engine-explosive punk that exhilarates.” I am also a producer for Modern Peasant Records, having sponsored The Sinners’ Drunk on the Lord’s Day (MPR-013) and John Wayne’s Bitches’ Bitched Out (MPR-011). I blog about the history of punk rock, hardcore, and indy rock at the music podcast Doc Rockavoy’s Indy Music Garage.

MemberJoshua Abah ABAH

JOSHUA ABAH ABAH is a researcher and an erudite scholar in Mathematics Education at the Department of Mathematics Education, University of Agriculture, Makurdi, Nigeria. His Research interests are in Mathematics Education, Instructional Design, Statistical Computing, Ethnomathematics, and Technology of Mathematics Education. He is presently working on the deployment of culture-based technological solutions in the teaching and learning of mathematics. He believes that a good blend of digital technology and ethnomathematics enriches mathematics education in general.