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First Name
Last Name
University of Texas at Austin
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history of science, history of biology, environmental history, field sciences, cultural history, intellectual history, science and technology studies, United States, Latin America, Caribbean, tropical biology, ecology, field stations
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Personal Info

About Me

Megan Raby is Associate Professor in the Department of History at the University of Texas at Austin. A historian of science and environment, her work emphasizes the transnational connections of science in the US and Latin America in the twentieth century.

Her book American Tropics: The Caribbean Roots of Biodiversity Science (University of North Carolina Press, 2017) explores the relationship between the history of field ecology, the expansion of U.S. hegemony in the circum-Caribbean during the 20th century, and the emergence of the modern concept of biodiversity. American Tropics was awarded the 2019 Philip J. Pauly Prize by the History of Science Society. Megan Raby is also the author of articles appearing in journals including Environmental History and Isis; the latter was awarded the History of Science Society’s 2016 Price/Webster Award for best article.

Professor Raby earned her Ph.D. in the History of Science, Medicine, and Technology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Before joining the Department of History at the University of Texas at Austin, she was a postdoctoral fellow at the Smithsonian Institution Archives and National Museum of American History.

Recent Publications


Media Coverage
Country Focus
Expertise by Geography
Caribbean, Central America, Latin America, North America, United States
Expertise by Chronology
19th century, Modern, 20th century
Expertise by Topic
Colonialism, Environment, Science