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Edward D. Melillo
Associate Professor of History and Environmental Studies.Amherst College
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Ph.D. in History, Yale University, Graduate School of Arts & Sciences, 2006.
M.Phil. in History, Yale University, Graduate School of Arts & Sciences, 2003.
Bachelor of Arts, Swarthmore College, 1997.
International Baccalaureate, The Armand Hammer United World College of the American West (Montezuma, New Mexico), 1993.
• Strangers on Familiar Soil: Rediscovering the Chile-California Connection (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2015)
• Co-editor with James Beattie and Emily O’Gorman, Eco-Cultural Networks in the British Empire:New Views on Environmental History (London: Bloomsbury Press, 2015)
• Editor, Migrant Ecologies: Environmental Histories of the Pacific World (under contract with the University of Hawai'i Press)
• Out of the Blue: Nantucket and the Pacific World (book manuscript currently under preparation).
• “Making Sea Cucumbers Out of Whales' Teeth: Nantucket Castaways and Encounters of Value in Ninteenth-Century Fiji," Environmental History 20, no. 3 (July 2015): 449-74.
• Co-author with James Beattie and Emily O’Gorman, “Rethinking the British Empire through Eco-Cultural Networks: Materialist-Cultural Environmental History, Relational Connections and Agency,” Environment and History 20, no. 4 (November 2014): 561-75.
• “Nutrient Rifts,” Discard Studies Compendium (June 2014). Available online: http://discardstudies.com/discard-studies-compendium/
• “Global Entomologies: Insects, Empires, and the ‘Synthetic Age’ in World History,” Past & Present 223, no. 1 (May 2014): 233-70.
• “Cucumber Archipelago: A Nantucket Reunion in the South Pacific,” Historic Nantucket 63, no. 2 (Fall 2013): 4-9.
• “Beginning in the Belly, Ending in the Atmosphere: An Approach to Teaching Global Environmental History,” World History Bulletin 29, no. 2 (Fall 2013): 30-36.
• “The First Green Revolution: Debt Peonage and the Making of the Nitrogen Fertilizer Trade, 1840-1930,” American Historical Review 117, no. 4 (October 2012): 1028-1060. [Winner of the American Society for Environmental History’s 2013 Alice Hamilton Prize for best environmental history article published during 2012; winner of the Nineteenth-Century Studies Association Article Prize (2014) for best article on nineteenth-century history].
* “Spectral Frequencies: Neoliberal Enclosures of the Electromagnetic Commons,” Radical History Review issue 112 (Winter 2012): 147-61.
• "Natural Worlds," in A Cultural History of Western Empires in the Modern Age (1920-2000+), ed. Patricia M.E. Lorcin, Volume 6 of A Cultural History of Western Empires (New York: Routledge, forthcoming).
• "Chapter 53: Mining the Frontiers of Knowledge: Biopiracy in the Capitalist World-System," in The Sage Handbook of Nature, ed. Terry Marsden, 3 vols. (New York: Sage Publications, forthcoming).
• "Chile and the Pacific World," in Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Latin American History, ed. William Beezley (New York: Oxford University Press, forthcoming).
• "Empire in a Cup: Imagining Colonial Geographies through British Tea Consumption," in Eco-Cultural Networks in the British Empire:New Views on Environmental History, ed. James Beattie, Edward D. Melillo and Emily O’Gorman (London: Bloomsbury Press, 2014).
• "A Land 'Wholly Built Upon Smoke': Colonial Virginia and the Making of the Global Tobacco Trade, 1612-1776," in Xu Bing: Tobacco Project, Duke/Shanghai/Virginia, 1999-2011, ed. John B. Ravenal (Charlottesville: Virginia Museum of Fine Arts and University of Virginia Press, 2011).
• "Feeding 'La Boca del Puerto': Chileans and the Maritime Origins of San Francisco," in Perspectives on Gender, Race, Ethnicity and Power in Maritime America: Papers from the Conference Held at Mystic Seaport, October 2006, ed. Glenn S. Gordinier (Mystic, Conn.: Mystic Seaport, 2008).