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Ohio Wesleyan University
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medieval environmental history, water history, rivers, medieval saints, environmental humanities
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About Me

Ellen Arnold teaches Ancient, Medieval, and environmental history at Ohio Wesleyan. She is interested in the ways medieval people incorporated nature and the environment into both their everyday life and into their cultural imagination.

Prior to coming to OWU, Arnold taught at Macalester College, the University of Wisconsin at Oshkosh, and the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. In spring 2012, she was a Fellow at the Rachel Carson Center for Environmental Studies, working on a history of medieval views of rivers and water control.

Recent Publications

“Rivers of Risk and Redemption in Gregory of Tours’ Writings,” Speculum 92:1, January 2017, pp. 117-143.

“Fluid Identities: Poetry and the Navigation of Mixed Ethnicities in Late Antique Gaul” in Ecozon@, the European Journal of Literature, Culture and Environment 5.2 (2014): 88-106.


Media Coverage
Country Focus
Expertise by Geography
France, Germany
Expertise by Chronology
Expertise by Topic
Environment, Religion