Announcing a new book series: Flows, Migrations, and Exchanges

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For years, environmental history has been crucial to UNC Press’s broader list. From Jack Kirby’s Bancroft Prize-winning study of Southern ecological landscapes, Mockingbird Song, to more recent books like David Kinkela’s DDT and the American Century, Thomas D. Rogers’s The Deepest Wounds, and Christopher C. Sellers’s Crabgrass Crucible, UNC Press has published books of lasting importance that draw from and contribute to this lively field. We’ve always been interested in books that appreciate the outsized influence that the landscape and ideas about the natural world have had in shaping the contours of histories of the Americas and the Caribbean. Now, as the field of environmental history continues to evolve and grow in more global directions, we eagerly seek work on this leading edge of scholarship.

To that end, UNC Press is very pleased to announce a new book series, Flows, Migrations, and Exchanges, which will publish works of environmental history with a transnational focus. Under the editorship of Mart A. Stewart and Harriet Ritvo, Flows, Migrations, and Exchanges seeks book projects that explore the cross-border movements of organisms and materials that have shaped the modern world, as well as the varied human attempts to understand, regulate, and manage these movements. Although the series will emphasize scholarship whose analysis is transnational in scope, it will also include scholarship that explores movement across intranational boundaries. The core discipline of the series will be environmental history, but authors might also engage with scholarship in such allied fields as agricultural and rural development history, urban history, political ecology, the history of science and technology, historical geography, and natural resource policy.

The series editors will be attending this year’s American Society for Environmental History meeting, and will be available to answer questions about the series there. Questions and submissions may also be directed to UNC Press editor Brandon Proia (

Mart A. Stewart teaches courses in environmental and cultural history at Western Washington University, and is also an affiliate professor in Huxley College of the Environment. He is author of “What Nature Suffers to Groe”: Life, Labor, and Landscape on the Georgia Coast, 1680-1920 (Georgia, 1996; 2003) and many essays and articles, and co-editor of Environmental Change and Agricultural Sustainability in the Mekong Delta (Springer Scientific, 2011).

Harriet Ritvo is Arthur J. Conner Professor of History at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She teaches courses in British history, environmental history, the history of human-animal relations, and the history of natural history. She is author of many books, including The Dawn of Green: Manchester, Thirlmere, and Modern Environmentalism (Chicago UP, 2009) and Noble Cows and Hybrid Zebras: Essays on Animals and History (Virginia, 2010). Her articles and reviews on British cultural history, environmental history, and the history of human-animal relations have appeared in a wide range of periodicals, including The London Review of Books, Science, Daedalus, The American Scholar, Technology Review, and The New York Review of Books, as well as scholarly journals in several fields.

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