Historian
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About

Catherine McNeur (Ph.D., Yale University, 2012) is Associate Professor of Environmental History and Public History at Portland State University.  She is the author of Taming Manhattan: Environmental Battles in the Antebellum City (Harvard University Press, 2014).

McNeur teaches courses on urban environments, global environmental history, American environmental history, the history of food, American history, historic preservation, podcasting, and heritage trees. She has taught at Yale, New York University, the New School, and Portland State University.

McNeur has won numerous awards for her writing, including the American Society of Environmental Historians' George Perkins Marsh Prize for the best book in environmental history, the Society for Historians of the Early American Republic's James H. Broussard Prize, the New York Society Library's Hornblower Award for a First Book, the Victorian Society Metropolitan Chapter Book Award,  Yale University's John Addison Porter Prize, the American Society of Environmental Historians' Rachel Carson Prize, and the Urban History Association's Best Dissertation Award.

Her current projects investigate the social and environmental history of the tenacious Tree of Heaven in American cities, and the lives and work of scientists Elizabeth Carrington Morris and Margaretta Hare Morris.