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Matthew Osborn Ph.D.

Associate Professor of History and Environmental Studies

Dunton Hall 336
One Brennan Circle
Poultney, VT 05764-1199
Email Address: osbornm@greenmtn.edu
802-287-8335; Fax: 802-287-8080

Education
1997 ­Ph.D., Modern European History, University of California at Santa Cruz
Dissertation: "The Industrial Ecosystem: An Environmental and Social History of the Early Industrial Revolution in Oldham, England, 1750-1820." Examines the effects of a national and global market economy upon a community and its surrounding environment, and how their relationship with the land conditioned their responses to the new social and economic system.
Dissertation Advisors: Prof. Sheldon Rothblatt, UC-Berkeley, and Prof. Mark Cioc, UC-Santa Cruz

1992-94 Research and Studies in Manchester and London, England
1990 International Graduate Summer School, Exeter College, Oxford University, England
1989 M.A., Modern European History, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
1986 B.A., Liberal Arts and Sciences, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

Areas of Specialization
Modern European History, Modern Britain, Latin American History, Environmental Studies

Fellowships and Honors
2003 Keynote Speaker, Adlai E. Stevenson Commencement, UCSC
1997 Departmental Dissertation Writing Fellowship.
1996 Developed and Conducted Inaugural Teaching Assistant Training Course for Incoming Graduate Students in History
1995-96 History Department Outstanding Teaching Assistant
1995-96 U.C. President's Graduate Fellowship in the Humanities
1994 Institute of German and European Studies, UC-Berkeley Research Fellowship
1993 Institute of Business and Economic Research, UC-Berkeley. Mining and Metallurgical Society of America Research Fellowship
1991, 1994, '93, '90, '89 U.C. Regents Graduate Fellowships

Publications and Activities in Progress
Books
2008 Land, Community and the Industrial Transformation: An Environmental and Social History of the Early Industrial Revolution in Oldham, England, 1750-1820, submitted to White Horse Press, reviewed and in process of revision.

Articles
2004 "Uplands Downwind: Acidity and Ecological Change in the Southeast Lancashire Moorlands," in E.M. DuPuis, ed., Smoke and Mirrors: The Politics and Culture of Air Pollution. New York: NYU Press, 2004.

2003 "The Weirdest of all Undertakings": The Land and the Early Industrial Revolution in Oldham, England,” Environmental History, vol. 8 (2) 246-269.

2001 "Sowing the Field of British Environmental History," part of the H-Environment Global Historiography Series, published on-line http://www.h-net.org/~environ/historiography/british.htm

2000 "Environmental History Writing in Northern Europe," Environmental History, vol. 5 (3). By Mark Cioc, Bjorn-Ola Linner, and Matt Osborn.

Reviews
2007 Shock Cities: The Environmental Transformation and Reform of Manchester and Chicago, Harold L. Platt, Journal of Social History, Spring 2007, (215-217)

2006 London's Thames: The River that Shaped a City and its History, Gavin Weightman, Environmental History vol. 12 (1)

2004 The Chimney of the World: A History of Smoke Pollution in Victorian and Edwardian Manchester, Stephen Mosley, Business History Review, vol. 78 (3).

2004 The Peopling of Britain: The Shaping of a Human Landscape, Paul Slack and Ryk Ward eds., Environmental History, vol. 9 (3) 541-543.

2003 The Transformation of Rural England: Farming and the Landscape 1700-1870, Tom Williamson, Albion, vol. 35 (4).

2002 A History of Water in Modern England and Wales, John Hassan, Albion, vol. 34 (3).

1999 Nature's Nation, John Opie. Capitalism Nature Socialism, vol. 10 (4).

1995 The Ecology of the Automobile, Peter Freund and George Martin. Capitalism Nature Socialism, vol. 6 (3).

Teaching Fields
Modern British History, Modern European History Survey, the European Union, European Environmental History, U.S. Environmental History, World Environmental History, Global History, Western Civilizations, Imperialism, and Urban History.

Professional Experience
Assistant Professor, Green Mountain College, Poultney, Vermont
2004-2007 Chair, Department of Behavioral and Social Sciences
2006-2007 World History and the Environment; 20th Century Europe; Imperialism and the Natural World
2005-2006 World History and the Environment; Images of Nature; Modern European Intellectual History; Early Modern Europe
2004-05 World History and the Environment; Images of Nature; Modern British History
2003-04 World History and the Environment; the European Union; Imperialism and the Natural World; 19th Century European History

Adjunct Professor, University of St. Francis, College of Health Arts, Joliet, IL
1998-99 Western Civilization

Lecturer, University of California, Santa Cruz
1997-2003 Seminar Instructor, Stevenson College Freshman Seminar, 'Self and Society'
2000-03 Teaching Practicum—pedagogical instruction and mentoring for competitively chosen upper division students who team-teach within the Stevenson College Freshman Seminar.
2000-02 Coordinator, Stevenson College Freshman Seminar, "Self and Society."
Duties included: Running faculty meetings and assorted pedagogical workshops, developing curricula, hiring faculty, coordinating guest lecturers, and participation in college orientation and recruitment activities.
2000 Introduction to Global History
1999 World Environmental History
1999-2002 Seminar Instructor, College Eight Core Course, "Environment and Society"
1999 Modern British History
1997, '98, and '99 U.S. Environmental History
1994, '95, and '98 Introduction to 19th Century European History

Teaching Assistant, University of California, Santa Cruz
1989-96 U.S. Environmental History; Advanced Capitalist States, 1950-1990 (Politics); 19th Century European Intellectual History; Modern British History; Introduction to 20th Century U.S. History; Political and Economic Institutions and the Environment (Environmental Studies); Introduction to Latin American History; Colonial Mexican History; Ecodevelopment (Environmental Studies); 19th Century European History

Papers Presented
2007 Organizer of panel "Downwind from the First Industrial Society: Scientific and Social Responses to Air Pollution, 1850-2000," for the European Society for Environmental History biannual meeting, Amsterdam, Netherlands.

2007 "The Understanding and Regulation of Acidity in Historical Perspective: Transformed British Uplands and in the Development of Transboundary Pollution Regulation in the late 20th Century," European Society for Environmental History, Amsterdam, Netherlands.

2006 "Extractive Economies Fuel the Industrial Transformation: A new social elite gains control over the land and society of Oldham, England, 1790-1805," American Society for Environmental History Annual Meeting, St. Paul, Minnesota.

2003 "Acidity, Reclamation, and Community: The Post-Industrial Legacy of Air Pollution in Southeast Lancashire, England," American Society for Environmental History Annual Meeting, Providence, Rhode Island.

2001 "Landscape and Community: European Environmental History in the 21st Century," European Society for Environmental History Inaugural meeting, St. Andrews, Scotland, UK.

2001 "Rivers, Canals and Cloughs: Waterways and Local Identity in the Deindustrialized Lancashire Uplands," The Twentieth Century as World History: World History Workshop, University of California, Santa Cruz.

2000 Organizer of panel "The Control of Water in European and Colonial Environmental History: Myths and Realities," for the American Society for Environmental History Annual Meeting, Tacoma, Washington.

2000 "The Rich get Richer and Nature be Damned: The Circumvention of Natural Processes and the Redistribution of Wealth in the Fenlands of England," American Society for Environmental History Annual Meeting, Tacoma, Washington.

1999 Organizer of panel "Industrialization and De-Industrialization in European Environmental History," for the American Society for Environmental History Biannual Meeting, Tucson, Arizona.

1999 "The Reclamation of the Landscape and Community: Southeast Lancashire at the end of the 20 th Century," American Society for Environmental History Biannual Meeting, Tucson, Arizona.

1998 "The Landed Aristocracy and the Industrial Landscape in Lancashire, England, 1750-1800," Pacific Coast American Historical Association, Annual Meeting, University of San Diego.

1996 "Writing an Environmental History of the Industrial Revolution in England," Center for German and European Studies, Program on Environmental History, Sociology and Policy, University of California, Berkeley.

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