Mart 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 the 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 the co-editor of Environmental Change and Agricultural Sustainability in the Mekong Delta (Springer Scientific, 2011). He has been awarded several research fellowships at three humanities research centers including the National Humanities Center in North Carolina, and in 2009 he was appointed the Thomson Distinguished Visiting Chair in Environmental Studies at Davidson College for a semester. He has received research support from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the American Council of Learned Societies, the American Philosophical Society, the Dibner Library at the Museum of American History, the National Humanities Center, and the Fulbright Program. He has been traveling and working in Southeast Asia, especially Vietnam, for fifteen years. Along with three Fulbright appointments in Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi, he has traveled to Vietnam a dozen times to organize workshops and conferences and teach American studies and environmental studies classes. He has also had two appointments in Vienna as a guest professor, and in spring 2013 taught a course in comparative environmental history there. He recently completed a term on the Board of Editors for Environmental History and is currently an editorial advisor to a series published by the University of Georgia Press, Environmental History of the American South.
Harriet Ritvo is the 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 the author of The Dawn of Green: Manchester, Thirlmere, and Modern Environmentalism (Chicago, 2009), The Platypus and the Mermaid, and Other Figments of the Classifying Imagination (Harvard, 1997), The Animal Estate: The English and Other Creatures in the Victorian Age (Harvard, 1987), and Noble Cows and Hybrid Zebras: Essays on Animals and History (Virginia, 2010). She is also the co-editor of Macropolitics of Nineteenth-Century Literature: Nationalism, Imperialism, Exoticism (Pennsylvania, 1991), and the editor of Charles Darwin’s The Variation of Animals and Plants under Domestication (Johns Hopkins, 1998). 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.
She serves on the Board of Incorporators of Harvard Magazine; on the editorial boards of Victorian Studies, Victorian Literature and Culture, Agricultural History Review, and Animals and Society. She is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and past President of the American Society for Environmental History. Her research has been supported by fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the National Humanities Center, and the Stanford Humanities Center. She has received a Whiting Writers Award and a Graduate Society Award from the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study.