Curriculum Vitae

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Neil Prendergast

Doctoral Candidate
History Department
University of Arizona

215 Social Sciences
University of Arizona
Tucson, AZ 85721
nprender@email.arizona.edu

Education

University of Arizona. Doctoral student, History, 2005-present.

  • Exams passed with distinction, 2008.
  • U.S. History, major. Global Change, minor.
  • Committee: Katherine Morrissey (major advisor), Douglas Weiner, Benjamin Irvin, Paul Robbins (geography).

Miami University. M.A., History, 2005. Marguerite Shaffer, advisor. B.A., Economics, cum laude and Distinguished  Student Achievement, 2002.

Research

My dissertation, “American Holidays, A Natural History,” examines the relationship between agroecology and public culture through a study of nature’s place in Easter, Fourth of July, Thanksgiving, and Christmas.

I have conducted archival research for this project at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History, Huntington Library, American Antiquarian Society, Winterthur Museum, Clements Library at University of Michigan, National Agricultural Library, Forest History Society, and Mann Library at Cornell University, among other institutions.

Publications

“Tracking the Kaibab Deer into Western History,” The Western Historical Quarterly 39 (Winter 2008): 413-38.

“Great Basin,” Encyclopedia of American Environmental History (New York: Facts on File, 2010).

I also have an essay deriving from my dissertation research under consideration at a major journal.

Teaching

Co-Instructor, “Tucson and the Santa Cruz River: Environmental History and Political Ecology,” Undergraduate Summer Field Course, History and Geography Departments, 2011.

Instructor, “Origin, Ruin, and Restoration: A Research Seminar,” University of Arizona-South, 2009.  In this senior capstone research seminar, advanced history students conducted archival research to complete a 7,000 word original essay.

Instructor, “Global Environmental History,” University of Arizona, 2008-Present.  In this online, continuous enrollment course, students are introduced to how key themes in environmental history enhance understandings of world history.

Teaching Partner, Tucson Unified School District, 2008-2010.
Part of a Teaching American History grant that paired the University of Arizona History Department with TUSD middle school teachers, my work included instructional meetings with teachers, presentations, co-leading of workshops, and co-organizing of field trips for teachers.

Graduate Teaching Associate, History Department, University of Arizona, 2005-2008.
My responsibilities included teaching discussion sections, grading papers, attending lectures, and offering guidance to students during office hours.  Course assignments:

World History, U.S. History Survey, Civil War, Vietnam War, and Environmental History.

Graduate Teaching Associate, History Department, Miami University, 2004-2005.
My responsibilities were to teach and design the curriculum of two discussion sections per week, grade papers, and offer guidance to students during office hours. Course assignments:

World History and Western Civilization.

Fellowships and Grants

NiCHE (Network in Canadian History and Environment), Summer Workshop Grant, 2010.

John P. Rockfellow Fellowship for Dissertation Research, 2009.

John P. Rockfellow Fellowship for Dissertation Research, 2008.

Earth Fellowship, Institute of the Environment at the University of Arizona, 2005-08.

I have also earned several travel grants from the University of Arizona Graduate and Professional Student Council, the History Department, and the Institute of the Environment.

Conference Papers

“Native and Home: Environmental, Cultural, and Immigration Politics,” American Society for Environmental History Annual Meeting, Phoenix, scheduled 2011.

“Knowing Nature, Knowing Gender, and Raising Turkeys: Agriculture and Natural History in Nineteenth-Century America,” History of Science Society Annual Meeting, Montreal, scheduled 2010.

“Domesticating Nature, Nationalizing Nature: The Flight of the Thanksgiving Turkey,” American Society for Environmental History Annual Meeting, Tallahassee, 2009. Panel Organizer, “Nature and the Home.”

“Frontier Heroes, Innocent Animals, and Painful Blisters: Hikers’ Stories and Bodies in the 1960s and 1970s,” American Society for Environmental History Annual Meeting, Baton Rouge, 2007. Panel Organizer, “Bodies on the Edge.”

“The Ecology of Cultural Encounters: Deer, Mormons, and Southern Paiutes in the American Great Basin,” American Society for Environmental History Annual Meeting, St. Paul, 2006.

“The Kaibab Deer and the Meanings of Nature,” Cultures in Conflict: New Perspectives on Encounters with Native Peoples of the Americas, University of Toledo, 2005.

Conferences Attended:

American Society for Environmental History, 2005-10

NiCHE (Network in Canadian History and Environment) Summer Workshop, 2010

NiCHE New Scholars Autumn Conference, 2010

History of Science Society, 2010

Western History Association, 2005, 2008

Cultures in Conflict, 2005

Field Institutes

Co-Instructor, “Tucson and the Santa Cruz River: Environmental History and Political Ecology,” Undergraduate Summer Field Course, History and Geography Departments, 2011.  (Also listed above in Teaching.)

Graduate Assistant, “Nature and History at the Nation’s Edge: Field Institute in Environmental and Borderlands History,” National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Institute, 2009.

Graduate Student, “Restoration Landscapes of the Borderlands,” University of Arizona Institute of the Environment in cooperation with Arizona State University, New Mexico State University, and University of New Mexico, Summer Field Institute for Environmental Scholarship, 2007.

Service

Graduate Member, Departmental Academic Program Review Committee, 2010-11.

Mentor, Arizona Assurance, 2010.  This program eases the transition into college for first-generation students.

Grant Reviewer, Graduate and Professional Student Council, 2009.

Graduate Member, Department Search Committee, 2008.

Liaison to Faculty, History Graduate Association, 2006-07.

Judge, National History Day, 2005.

Liaison to Faculty, Graduate Student Association (Miami University), 2004-05.

Outreach

I currently volunteer at VOICES, a nonprofit that guides youth through researching, writing, and publishing nonfiction stories about Tucson. My work derives from my interests in the power of writing and using place as a conceptual tool.

Professional Associations

American Historical Association, Western Historical Association, American Society for Environmental History, Network in Canadian History and Environment, American Studies Association.

References

Dr. Katherine Morrissey
History Department
University of Arizona
kmorriss@u.arizona.edu

Dr. Douglas Weiner
History Department
University of Arizona
dweiner@u.arizona.edu

Dr. Benjamin Irvin
History Department
University of Arizona
irvin@u.arizona.edu

Dr. Paul Robbins
Geography Department
University of Arizona
robbins@email.arizona.edu

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