Catherine McNeur

Associate Professor

Fields of Expertise:
Environmental history, urban history, public history, U.S. history

Catherine McNeur is the award-winning author of Taming Manhattan: Environmental Battles in the Antebellum City (Harvard University Press, 2014). She is currently writing Sister Scientists: The Forgotten Women Who Transformed American Science (under contract with Basic Books) about the work of Margaretta Hare Morris, entomologist, and Elizabeth Carrington Morris, botanist. Recent publications have included a review essay about Covid-19 and nineteenth-century rabies outbreaks in Reviews in American History (Sept 2020 issue) and a chapter titled “Vanishing Flies and the Lady Entomologist” in Traces of the Animal Past (University of Calgary Press, pending publication).

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Courses taught:

  • HST 201, History of the United States I
  • HST 202, History of the United States II
  • HST 203, History of the United States III
  • HST 333, Food and Power in American History
  • HST 339, Environment and History
  • HST 405/505, Readings in Environmental History: Nature of American Cities
  • HST 407/507, Seminar in Environmental History
  • HST 409/509, Public History Seminar: Historic Preservation
  • HST 411/511, Public History Lab: Heritage Trees
  • HST 411/511, Public History Lab: Podcasts and History

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  • B.A.
    New York University
  • M.Phil.
    Yale University
  • M.A.
    Yale University
  • Ph.D.
    Yale University