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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 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.


News

Peder 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.  

Anker was appointed as the first Chair of the newly created Department of Environmental Studies at NYU. He, along with Louise Harpman and Mitchell Joachim, organized and participated in the March 13-15, 2014 “Cities and Citizenship” conference. The event was co-sponsored by the Goethe-Institut New York, Parsons New School for Design, NYU Gallatin School of Individualized Study, and Global Design NYU. 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
pja7@nyu.edu
1 Wash Pl, Room 425
(212) 998-7389
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Office Hours
Wednesday (9:30-12 by appt)

Courses

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

2011 Spring

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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