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Christine Keiner

Department Chair
Department of Science, Technology, and Society
College of Liberal Arts

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Christine Keiner

Department Chair
Department of Science, Technology, and Society
College of Liberal Arts

Education

BA, Western Maryland College; Ph.D., Johns Hopkins University

Bio

B.A. Biology, McDaniel College (formerly Western Maryland College)
Ph.D. History of Science, Medicine, and Technology, Johns Hopkins University

Winner of the 2010 Forum for the History of Science in America Book Prize, Maryland Historical Trust Heritage Book Award, and Honorable Mention from the Frederick Jackson Turner Committee of the Organization of American Historians

Research Interest: History of ecology and biology, history of Cold War science and technology, U.S. environmental politics, and relations between science and politics

Courses: Science, Technology and Values; Introduction to Environmental Studies; Great Lakes; History of Ecology and Environmentalism; History of Women in Science and Engineering; Environmental Disasters; Engineering in American Culture; Honors STS: The Panama Canal; Honors STS: Food and Power in U.S. History; Interdisciplinary Capstone Seminar in Science, Technology and the Environment

585-475-4698

Areas of Expertise

Currently Teaching

STSO-120
3 Credits
This course explores the human condition within an environmental context by emphasizing critical environmental problems facing humans on both a global and regional scale. The approach will be interdisciplinary. The issues, their causes, and their potential solutions will be analyzed with respect to ethical, social, historical, political, scientific, and technological factors.
HIST-345
3 Credits
This class will survey the history environmental disasters (from floods to oil spills) in modern American and global society. Students will study several specific disasters (for example, Hurricane Katrina, the Great Midwestern Floods of the 1990s, Love Canal, and the Haitian Earthquake of 2008) and analyze a series of broader themes that illuminate their meaning, including the economic impact of various disasters, the legal and political ramifications of modern disasters, and the social and cultural meaning of disasters in various societies.

Select Scholarship

Journal Paper
Keiner, Christine. "The Maryland Oyster Aquaculture Transition: Balancing Economics, Ecology, and Equity." Southeastern Geographer 59. (2019): 40-51. Print.
Keiner, Christine. "A Two-Ocean Bouillabaisse: Science, Politics, and the Central American Sea-Level Canal Controversy." Journal of the History of Biology 50. 4 (2017): 835-887. Print.
Keiner, Christine and Ashley Carse, Pamela M. Henson, Marixa Lasso, Paul S. Sutter, Megan Raby and Blake Scott. "Panama Canal Forum: From the Conquest of Nature to the Construction of New Ecologies." Environmental History 21. (2016): 206-287. Print.
National/International Competition Award Winner
Keiner, Christine. Journal of the History of Biology. 2019 Everett Mendelsohn Prize. Utrecht, Netherlands, 2019.
Invited Keynote/Presentation
Keiner, Christine. "Roundtable: Revisiting Neptune’s Garden: Science, Technology, and Environment in Oceanic History." North American Society for Oceanic History. North American Society for Oceanic History. New Bedford, Massachusetts. 17 May 2019. Conference Presentation.
Keiner, Christine. "The Unbuilt Central American Sea-Level Canal and the Environmental History of Unrealized Megaprojects." American Society for Environmental History. American Society for Environmental History. Columbus, Ohio. 11 Apr. 2019. Conference Presentation.
Keiner, Christine. "Domesticating the Maryland Oyster: From Regulated Commons to Aquaculture Enterprise Zones." Agricultural Historical Society. Agricultural Historical Society. Washington, DC. 7 Jun. 2019. Conference Presentation.
Keiner, Christine. "Marine Environmental History from the Chesapeake Bay to the Panama Canal." National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Institute for College and University Faculty: The American Maritime People. Frank C. Munson Institute of American Maritime Studies, Mystic Seaport Museum. Mystic, Connecticut. 13 Jul. 2018. Guest Lecture.
Keiner, Christine. "Invasive Species Research in the Great Lakes: A Brief and Selective History." Science and Technology Seminar. University of Rochester Laboratory for Laser Energetics. Rochester, New York. 13 Apr. 2018. Guest Lecture.
Keiner, Christine. "Lake Ontario Levels and Plan 2014: Environmental Redemption or Disaster?" Lecture Series. RIT Osher Lifelong Learning Institute. Rochester, New York. 27 Sep. 2018. Guest Lecture.
Keiner, Christine. "Panelist." Greenland Under the Arctic Sky. RIT College of Imaging Arts and Sciences, School of Photographic Arts and Sciences. Rochester, New York. 13 Sep. 2018. Lecture.
Keiner, Christine. "From Fallout to Sea Snakes: The Panatomic Canal Debate and Pre-NEPA Environmental Impact Assessment." Society for the History of Technology. SHOT. St. Louis, Missouri. 13 Oct. 2018. Conference Presentation.
Journal Editor
Member, Editorial Board, ed. Journal of the History of Biology. Springer Netherlands: Springer, 2018. Print.
Published Review
Keiner, Christine. Rev. of Pesticides, A Love Story, by Michelle Mart. Journal of American History 1 Jun. 2017: 261-262. Print.
Keiner, Christine. "Multiple Authored Invited Review." Rev. of The Mortal Sea: Fishing the Atlantic in the Age of Sail by W. Jeffrey Bolster, ed. Jacob Hamblin. H-Environment Roundtable Reviews 15 May 2014: 5-9. Web.
Keiner, Christine.Rev. of The Fishermen’s Frontier: People and Salmon in Southeast Alaska. David F. Arnold. Agricultural History, 84.4 (2010): 546-548. Print.
Published Book
Keiner, Christine. The Oyster Question: Scientists, Watermen, and the Maryland Chesapeake Bay since 1880. Athens: University of Georgia Press, 2010. Print.
Formal Presentation
Keiner, Christine. “Reconnecting Marylanders with their Oyster Heritage: A Century of Political Resistance to Privatizing the Oyster Beds of the Maryland Chesapeake Bay.” Ninth Maritime Heritage Conference. Baltimore, MD. 15-19 Sept. 2010. Presentation.
Keiner, Christine. “Building a Better Oyster: The Rise of the Pacific Northwest Marine Biotechnology Industrial-Academic Complex.” Society for the History of Technology (SHOT). Tacoma, WA. 30 Oct. - 3 Sept. 2010. Presentation.
Keiner, Christine. “The Sea-Level Panama Canal Debate as aCold War Forum for Emerging EnvironmentalConcerns.” Tri-University History Conference on Cold War Encounters. Waterloo, Ontario, Canada. 16 Oct. 2010. Presentation.
Keiner, Christine. “The Sea-Level Panama Canal Debate and the Uneasy Integration of Ecological and Engineering Concerns in the Early Modern Environmental Era.” North American Society for Oceanic History. Mystic, CN. 12-16 May 2010. Presentation.
Keiner, Christine. “The Sea-Level Panama Canal Debate as aCold War Forum for Emerging Environmental Concerns.” Association of American Geographers. Washington, DC. 14-18 Apr. 2010. Presentation.
Keiner, Christine. “Scientists, Watermen, and Conflict in the Maryland Chesapeake Oyster Fishery,1880-2010.” University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science, Horn Point Laboratory Faculty Seminar. Cambridge, MD.20 Oct. 2010. Presentation.
Keiner, Christine. Inaugural Presentation. Farming for the Future Seminar Series, Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health. Baltimore, MD. 20 Sept. 2010. Presentation.