B.A. Philosophy & Environmental Studies, University of Oslo, 1990 M.A. Philosophy, University of Oslo, 1993 M.A. History of Science, Harvard University, 1998 Ph.D. History of Science, Harvard University, 1999
Professor 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. With Louise Harpman and Mitchell Joachim, Professor Anker is the co-author of Global Design: Elsewhere Envisioned (Prestel, 2014), a showcase of design research as it relates to visionary architecture, landscape architecture, urbanism, and ecological planning. 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. Anker’s current book project explores the history of ecological debates in his country of birth, Norway. He received his PhD in history of science from Harvard University in 1999. Links to his articles and up-to-date information about his work are available at http://pederanker.com.
Teaching and Research Interests
history of science, environmental affairs, ecology, and sustainable design
In February 2016, Peder Anker, Louise Harpman, and Mitchell Joachim, through Global Design NYU, convened ENVISION: Nature and Design,a dialogue between disparate researchers within the Gallatin community, aimed at broadening the horizons on the meanings of Nature and Design.