Etienne Benson

Assistant Professor
Ph.D. Massachusetts Institute of Technology
M.A. Stanford University
B.A. Harvard University
Contact Information
Office Address: 
Cohen 365
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Office Hours: 
TR 4:30-5:30
Teaching Fields: 

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

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)

"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]
Curriculum Vitæ: 
HSSC 588 15A Humanities-Beyond-the-Human-syllabus.pdf92.68 KB