Etienne Benson

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Assistant Professor
Ph.D. Massachusetts Institute of Technology
M.A. Stanford University
B.A. Harvard University
Contact Information
Office Address: 
Cohen 365
Email Address: 
ebenson@sas.upenn.edu
Office Hours: 
Wed. 11-12, 5-6
Teaching Fields: 

History of technology, environmental history, history of ecology and environmental sciences, posthumanism

Research Interests: 
Surveillance technologies and environmental monitoring
Urban environments and sustainable infrastructures
History of ethology and behavioral ecology
Human-animal relationships
Selected Publications: 

Wired Wilderness: Technologies of Tracking and the Making of Modern Wildlife (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2010)

“Generating Infrastructural Invisibility: Insulation, Interconnection, and Avian Excrement in the Southern California Power Grid,” Environmental Humanities 6 (2015): 103-130. 

"The Urbanization of the Eastern Gray Squirrel in the United States," Journal of American History 110.3 (December 2013).

"Demarcating Wilderness and Disciplining Wildlife: Radiotracking Large Carnivores in Yellowstone and Chitwan National Parks," in Civilizing Nature: National Parks in Global Historical Perspective, ed. Bernhard Gißibl, Sabine Höhler, and Patrick Kupper (New York: Berghahn, 2012), pp. 173-188.

"Endangered Science: The Regulation of Research by the U.S. Marine Mammal Protection and Endangered Species Acts," Historical Studies in the Natural Sciences 42, no. 1 (2012): 30-61.

"One Infrastructure, Many Global Visions: The Commercialization and Diversification of Argos, a Satellite-Based Environmental Surveillance System," Social Studies of Science 42, no. 6 (2012): 846-71.

"Autonomous Biological Sensor Platforms," Cabinet 41 (Spring 2011): 74-78.

"From Wild Lives to Wildlife and Back," Environmental History 16, no. 3 (2011): 418-422.

"A Difficult Time with the Permit Process," Journal of the History of Biology 44, no. 1 (2011): 103-123.

"Animal Writes: Historiography, Disciplinarity, and the Animal Trace," in Making Animal Meaning, ed. Linda Kalof and Georgina Montgomery (East Lansing: Michigan State University Press, 2011): 3-16.
Book Images: 
[image of Wired Wilderness book cover]