From: Lisa Mighetto <>
Subject: ASEH News Summer 2013
aseh news
summer 2013                        volume 24, issue 2
in this issue
president's column: growing pains
the profession: sign up for our new online membership directory
member news
announcements: award submissions deadline, aseh fellowship application deadlines, and new positions open
san francisco conference 2014 - deadline extension

The deadline for submitting proposals has been extended to July 8, 2013. Click here for Call for Papers and instructions for submitting proposals (see "how-to" guide at the end of the Call for Papers).

Our 2014 conference will include the following events:
  • plenary session on global environmental history
  • plenary session featuring Gary Snyder  and Robert Hass 
  • lunch and discussion on "Environmental Justice and Sustainability: From Slavery to Fossil Fuels" with  Michel Gelobter
  • workshops on digital environmental history and oral history
  • field trips to Muir Woods, Point Reyes National Seashore, a local winery, and more

Click here for more info.  



future conferences
San Francisco
March 12-16, 2014
Washington, DC March 18-22, 2015
March 30-April 3, 2016



The July issue of Environmental History features articles on natural gas in Argentina, Philippine and Polish forests, wild horses, and more. Click here for more info.

As of July 1, 2013 Lisa Brady will be the editor of Environmental History. Her first issue will be January 2014. ASEH is very grateful to Nancy Langston, outgoing editor. Thank you, Nancy!


aseh reception at eseh conference in Munich - mark your calendars

If you plan to attend ESEH's conference this August, stop by ASEH's reception on Saturday afternoon, August 24, 3:00 - 3:30 p.m.  in the Hall of Fellows/Senatsaal room.

Click here for more info.
international virtual environmental history conference
Ecohistorical discussion, the Student Council of the University of Zadar and the Society for Croatia's economic history and environmental history with support of European society for environmental history (ESEH) and European association for studying literature, culture and environment (EASLCE) are organizing an international virtual environmental history conference (IVEHC). The conference theme is environmental history as a new interdisciplinary scientific discipline. The working language is English. Dates of the conference are 22 and 23 November and abstracts according to the instructions and application for participation should be submitted by 1 September to the following e-mail address:

environmental history blogs
Click here to view new blog on law and environmental history
Click here to view additional environmental history blogs 
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president's column: growing pains


Barry Commoner once stated one of the fundamental laws of ecology: there's no such thing as a free lunch.  It is a law with wide application, even to professional organizations like the American Society for Environmental History.

In recent years, ASEH has seen a marked rise in the number of members participating in our annual meeting; Madison and Toronto surpassed all previous attendance records. And ASEH is full of youthful energy. The growth in our annual meetings, the proliferation of scholarship in our field, and the influx of young people into the profession are to be celebrated.


But such growth is not without cost. Less than a decade ago, ASEH could readily meet in smaller cities like Boise, Idaho and Tallahassee, Florida. Such is no longer the case. Finding a conference hotel that can accommodate a minimum of 600 people has narrowed the places where we can meet to more costly cities. It is a fact that also has consequences for the revenue streams of the society.

Compared to other professional organizations equivalent in size, ASEH is a financially lean society that historically has depended on two revenue streams to support its operation: profits from our annual meeting and subscriptions to the journal, Environmental History. The necessity of hosting meetings in larger cities, where the required minimum hotel charges are higher, eats into one revenue stream. Our local arrangement committees in the past have gone to heroic efforts in raising funds to offset the conference costs.  Thanks to the leadership of Carolyn Merchant, co-chair of this year's local arrangements committee (with Laura Watt), San Francisco will prove no exception. But fund raising is an incredible burden to place on the local arrangements committee. Similarly, with the changing nature of academic publishing, and increasing access to Environmental History through combined institutional subscriptions, we can no longer count on the journal as a growing revenue stream for the society.

And, yet, thanks to the remarkable administrative talents and energy of our executive director, Lisa Mighetto, ASEH continues to do more and more.  Through Lisa's foresight and adept grant-writing skills, we have expanded the number of student travel grants, secured support from the National Park Service in the form of a paid research consultant for a recent PhD, and are advancing efforts to establish paid internships for students interested in gaining work experience in public environmental history and in securing research fellowship support.  We have also been putting more resources into expanding our digital presence in ways that will be useful to our society members. Our Advisory Board on Professional Development and Public Engagement and our Digital Communications Committee are also to be commended for advancing these developments

In April of this year, after a comparative analysis of the membership and conference registration fees of other professional societies, the ASEH Executive Committee unanimously voted to increase our membership and registration fees, which have remained flat for the past five years. We did not take such a vote lightly.  We did so to ensure the long-term financial health of the society in a way that is in keeping with the large, professional organization we have become. These are difficult economic times for many of our members, and we have adopted an income-based rate increase plan to minimize its impact on those who can least afford it. 


The following dues structure has been set for the 2014 calendar year on a graduated scale, from $65-110 for non-student members, and $40 for students.  The graduated scale is as follows for non-student members:

 Under $36,000:  $65
 $36,001-60,000:  $75
 $60,001-80,000:  $90
 $80,000 and above:  $110
A rate of $65 will remain in effect for those earning under $36K for both 2014 and 2015. In 2015, we will increase dues an additional $10 for non-student members earning more than $36,000 (to $85-$120).

In the fall of 2013 ASEH members will receive a letter from Oxford Journals explaining how to renew using this new tiered system.

In addition, the ASEH Executive Committee voted to increase the conference registration fee from $110 in 2013 to $150 in 2014 to cover the cost of a proposal management system to streamline the program selection process and to adequately reflect actual conference expenses. Student rates will remain at $60, as they were for our 2013 conference.

We have also established a new Fundraising and Development Committee, chaired by ASEH president-elect Kathleen Brosnan, to oversee a development strategy to secure additional revenues for the society beyond membership and conference registration fees. The committee will work closely with the ASEH president and executive director in developing a strategic plan on a three-year cycle with realistic fundraising goals to meet the growing financial needs of our society and to strengthen and broaden ASEH's donor base among individual members, non-profit organizations, governmental agencies, and the private sector.

ASEH is a society that has in the past relied on the remarkable volunteerism of its members to operate and to grow. And we will continue to do so. Yet, we also need to look beyond the free labor and time of our members and the generosity of our executive staff to provide the services and benefits in keeping with the demands of our professional society and growing field. We appreciate your commitment to ASEH, and the energy and ideas you bring to the continued success of our organization.


Gregg Mitman, ASEH President

the profession: sign up for new online membership directory

ASEH's Digital Communications Committee announces the launching of an online directory of members. Any member can register on this new site, which will be publicly available to anyone searching for contact info. on environmental historians and their research. The site is now open for registration and will be posted on ASEH's website by July 8, 2013.

We encourage all ASEH members to register. If you have questions or comments, contact
Click here to register. Thank you for your participation!

member news

Congratulations to the following individuals, who received fellowships recently from the American Council of Learned Societies:

Irus Braverman / Charles A. Ryskamp Research Fellowship

Associate Professor, Law, State University of New York, Buffalo

Managing Nature: The Science and Law of Small Population Management


Philipp N. Lehmann / Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellowship

Doctoral Candidate, History, Harvard University

The Threat of the Desert: Colonial Climatology, Theories of Desiccation, and Climate Engineering, 1870-1950


Timothy H. Silver / ACLS Collaborative Research Fellowship

Professor, History, Appalachian State University

The Civil War: An Environmental History


Ellen Stroud / Frederick Burkhardt Residential Fellowship

Associate Professor, History, Bryn Mawr College

Dead as Dirt: An Environmental History of the American Corpse


Click here for more info. on ACLS fellowships, including deadlines.



ASEH awards submissions for 2013
The next year's prize committees will evaluate submissions (published books and articles and completed dissertations) that appear between November 1, 2012 and October 31, 2013.
Please send three copies of each submission for books and articles (these must be hard copies, or paper copies) for receipt by November 15, 2013 to:
Lisa Mighetto, ASEH, UW Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences Program, University of Washington, 1900 Commerce Street, Tacoma, WA  98402

Articles that appeared in our journal, Environmental History, are automatically considered by our journal's editorial board, and there is no need to submit copies for the Leopold-Hidy Prize.

Electronic submission of dissertations:
We encourage electronic submissions of your dissertation, if your dissertation was approved between Nov. 1, 2012 and Oct. 31, 2013. Submit in pdf format as a single file less than 5 megabytes in size to by November 15, 2013.


ASEH Samuel P. Hays Fellowship Applications

It is open to practicing historians (either academic, public, or independent). Graduate students are ineligible. A Ph.D. is not required. Submissions will be accepted between June and September 30, 2013, and the recipient will be selected and notified in December 2013 for funding in January 2014.
To apply, please submit the following items:
  • A two-page statement (500 words) explaining your project and how you intend to use the research funds.
  • A c.v. no more than two pages in length.
All items for the Samuel P. Hays Research Fellowship must be submitted electronically by September 30, 2013 to Barry Muchnick, committee chair, at


ASEH Hal Rothman Fellowship Applications

Students enrolled in any Ph.D. program worldwide are eligible to apply. Applications will be accepted June 1- September 30, 2013, and the recipient will be selected and notified in December 2013, for funding in January 2014.
To apply, please submit the following three items:
  • Two-page statement (500 words) explaining your project and how you intend to use the research funds.
  • A c.v. no more than two pages in length.
  • A letter of recommendation from your graduate advisor
All items for the Hal Rothman Research Fellowship must be submitted electronically to by September 30, 2013.

Call for Papers ASEH San Francisco Conference - Deadline Extended

The deadline for submitting proposals is July 8, 2013. Click here for more info.

Research/Writing Positions Available for NPS Death Valley Pupfish History

ASEH's Advisory Board on Professional Development and Public Engagement has been seeking opportunities to increase funding for environmental history scholarship outside the university. This year, we are offering two positions for environmental history scholars: one for a recent recipient of the PhD and one for a senior scholar.
An agreement with the National Park Service (NPS) has recently funded two positions, which we are now seeking to fill:

(1) A researcher/writer who received a PhD in 2011, 2012, or 2013 but does not have a position at a university or college. Background in environmental history required.
2) A senior historian to assist in overseeing the research and writing for the project described below. Background in environmental history required.

The successful candidates will work with ASEH and NPS staff to complete a history of Death Valley National Park's management and recovery of the endangered Devil's Hole Pupfish (Cyprinodon diabolis). The Devil's Hole Pupfish story is unique because it is widely believed that Devil's Hole (located in Nevada) is the smallest vertebrate species habitat in the world. The Devil's Hole pupfish have been listed as endangered species since1967 and were the subject of a 1976 landmark Supreme Court ruling, Cappaert v. United States.
Phase I of this project will include $35,000 for the researcher/writer position #1 described above (includes money for travel) and $7,000 for the senior historian position #2 described above.  Phase II funding is to be determined later. 
This two-phase project would begin during the summer of 2013 and will be completed in 2015. The recipients will contract with ASEH. It is expected that the researcher/writer will be working full time on this project.

Click here for more info. on these positions. To apply for either position, please e-mail the following materials to
  • cover letter clearly indicating which position you seek (position #1 or position #2 described above) and briefly explaining how your research interests relate to this project
  • two page c.v.
  • relevant writing sample, electronically submitted (for position #1 only)
  • names and phone numbers of three references
Deadline for applications: July 22, 2013. Recipients will be selected and informed by August 12, 2013.  
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Gregg Mitman, University of Wisconsin-Madison, President 
Kathleen Brosnan, University of Oklahoma, Vice President/President Elect
Mark Madison, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Treasurer
Jay Taylor, Simon Fraser University, Secretary
Executive Committee:
Sarah Elkind, San Diego State University 
Sterling Evans, University of Oklahoma
Sara Gregg, University of Kansas
Ellen Stroud, Bryn Mawr College 
Paul Sutter, University of Colorado
Louis Warren, University of California-Davis
Graeme Wynn, University of British Columbia
Ex Officio, Past Presidents:

Nancy Langston, University of Wisconsin-Madison
John McNeill, Georgetown University
Harriet Ritvo, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Ex Officio, Editor, Environmental History
Lisa Brady, Boise State University

Ex Officio, Executive Director and Editor, aseh news:
Lisa Mighetto, University of Washington-Tacoma
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