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Christine Keiner

Associate Professor
Department of Science, Technology, and Society
College of Liberal Arts

585-475-4698
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Christine Keiner

Associate Professor
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

Currently Teaching

STSO-240
3 Credits
Modern society is increasingly based on technology. With each advance due to technology, unanticipated problems are also introduced. Society must define and solve these problems or the advances may be diluted or lost. In this course we study several interactions between technology and the world in which we live. We investigate how various technologies developed and compare the expected effects of the new technologies with the actual results.
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.
STSO-326
3 Credits
This course explores the history of ecological science, from the eighteenth century to the present, and it features the political use of ecological ideas in environmental debates, from the 19th century to the present. We investigate how social and political ideas have influenced ecological science, how ecological concepts have influenced Western politics and society, and how different generations of ecological researchers have viewed their role in society.
STSO-246
3 Credits
Using biographical and social-historical approaches, this course examines the history of women's involvement in science and engineering since the birth of modern science in the seventeenth century; the historical roots of gender bias in the Western scientific enterprise; and the influx of women into science and engineering since the mid-to-late 20th century. Cross-listed with women's and gender studies.
WGST-246
3 Credits
Using biographical and social-historical approaches, this course examines the history of women's involvement in science and engineering since the birth of modern science in the seventeenth century; the historical roots of gender bias in the Western scientific enterprise; and the influx of women into science and engineering since the mid-to-late 20th century. Cross-listed with women's and gender studies.
STSO-140
3 Credits
This course explores the concepts and effects of science and technology on society, analyzes the relationship between science and technology, examines how each has come to play a major role today, and looks at how science and technology have affected and been affected by our values. This course also considers the environmental aspects of science and technology. Science and technology are often assumed to be value free, yet people, guided by individual and societal values, develop the science and technology. In turn, the choices people make among the opportunities provided by science and technology are guided by their individual values.
STSO-510
3 Credits
This course is an upper-level undergraduate seminar that explores how science, technology, society, environment and policy are understood in contemporary and historical contexts. The course brings together a variety of views and readings to offer an interdisciplinary approach to understanding the complex ways in which citizens make and understand the world. (Enrollment in Department of STS/Public Policy)

Select Scholarship

Invited Keynote/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.
Journal Paper
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.
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.