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Peder Anker

Peder Anker

Associate Professor
B.A., University of Oslo, 1990
M.A., University of Oslo, 1993
M.A., Harvard University, 1998
Ph.D., Harvard University, 1999

Peder Anker’s teaching and research interests lie in the history of science, ecology, environmentalism and design, as well as environmental philosophy. He has received research fellowships from the Fulbright Program, the Dibner Institute and the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, and been a visiting scholar at both Columbia University and University of Oslo. He is with Louise Harpman and Mitchell Joachim the co-author of Global Design: Elsewhere Envisioned (Munich: Prestel, 2014). He is the author of From Bauhaus to Ecohouse: A History of Ecological Design (Louisiana State University Press, 2010), which explores the intersection of architecture and ecological science, and Imperial Ecology: Environmental Order of the British Empire, 1895-1945 (Harvard University Press, 2001), which investigates how the promising new science of ecology flourished in the British Empire. Professor Anker’s current book project explores the history of ecological debates in his country of birth, Norway. Links to his articles and up-to-date information about his work are available at http://pederanker.com.


Professor Anker, along with Louise Harpman, and Mitchell Joachim, published Global Design: Elsewhere Envisioned (Prestel 2014), a showcase of design research as it relates to visionary architecture, landscape architecture, urbanism, and ecological planning.  

Professor Anker reviewed Michael Ruse’s The Gaia Hypothesis: Science on a Pagan Planet (Chicago University Press, 2013) in the 2014 issue of Centaurus. His paper “From Bauhaus to Ecohouse: A Short History of Ecological Design” was published in Behind the Green Door: Architecture and the Desire for Sustainability (Oslo Architecture Triennale, 2013). His paper “The Call for a New Ecotheology in Norway” was published in the 2013 issue of the Journal for the Study of Religion, Nature and Culture

Professor Anker was appointed as the first Chair of the newly created Department of Environmental Studies at NYU. An exhibition at the Goethe-Institut, Weltstadt: Who Creates the City?, will feature work from Peder Anker, Louise Harpman, and Mitchell Joachim. Materials were drawn from the Spring 2014 Conference, Cities and Citizenship, co-organized by Anker, Harpman, and Joachim along with Global Design NYU, the Goethe-Institut, and Parsons New School for Design. The exhibition runs October 2-9, 2-7pm, Wednesday-Sunday. He, along with Louise Harpman and Mitchell Joachim. co-authored the book Global Design (Prestel, 2014), released in June 2014.  


Contact Information

Peder Anker

Associate Professor
1 Wash Pl, Room 425
(212) 998-7389
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Office Hours
Wednesday (9:30-11 by appt)


2015 Fall

History of Environmental Sciences Before Darwin
Mon,Wed 9:30 AM - 10:45 AM

2013 Fall

Global Environmental History
Tue 6:20 PM - 9:00 PM

History of Environmental Sciences Before Darwin
Tue,Thu 9:30 AM - 10:45 AM

2012 Fall

First-Year Interdisciplinary Seminar: Environmentalism: A Global History
Mon,Wed 9:30 AM - 10:45 AM

History of Environmental Sciences Before Darwin
Tue,Thu 9:30 AM - 10:45 AM

Research and Teaching Interests

history of science, environmental affairs, ecology, and sustainable design

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