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Massachusetts Institute of Technology
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Cultural History, Environmental History, Museums, Public History, Animals, Anthropocene, Deep Time
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About Me

Alison Laurence is a doctoral candidate at M.I.T. in the interdisciplinary History, Anthropology, and Science, Technology, and Society program. During the 2018-19 academic year, she is completing her dissertation, “A Conservative History of Deep Time: Learning from Extinct Animals in the Modern United States,” as a Dissertation Fellow of the National Academy of Education / Spencer Foundation.

Informed by work experience in history and natural history museums, her research focuses on the politics inherent in museum exhibition and similar practices of display. Employing the methods of cultural, environmental, and public history, her work attends to questions of voice, agency, and authority, querying what is communicated and what is obfuscated through exhibition. Her collaborative work has appeared in the open-access History of Anthropology Newsletter and Anthropocene Curriculum. Prior to doctoral research, Alison earned a B.A. in Classics from Brown University and an M.A. in History and Public History from the University of New Orleans.

Recent Publications

Grace Kim and Alison Laurence, “‘All the World Is Here’ Exhibition Review,” History of Anthropology Newsletter 41 (2017):

Media Coverage
Country Focus
United States
Expertise by Geography
United States
Expertise by Chronology
19th century, 20th century
Expertise by Topic
Colonialism, Environment, Museums, Public History, Science