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Last Name
Portland State University
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environmental, urban, United States, nineteenth century
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About Me

Catherine McNeur (Ph.D., Yale University, 2012) is Associate Professor of Environmental History and Public History at Portland State University.  She is the author of  the award-winning Taming Manhattan: Environmental Battles in the Antebellum City (Harvard University Press, 2014). Her current project investigates the lives and work of nineteenth-century scientists Elizabeth Carrington Morris and Margaretta Hare Morris.

Recent Publications

Taming Manhattan: Environmental Battles in the Antebellum City (Harvard University Press, 2014)

“The Histories of New York City’s Parks,” Journal of Planning History 16.2 (Spring 2017): 95-97.

“Parks, People, and Property Values: The Changing Role of Green Spaces in Antebellum Manhattan,” Journal of Planning History 16.2 (Spring 2017): 98-111.

“Rooted in History: Portland’s Heritage Trees,” in University-Community Partnerships, ed. B.D. Wortham-Galvin, Jennifer Allen, and Jacob D. B. Sherman (Greenleaf Press, 2016): 89-98.

“The ‘Swinish Multitude’: Controversies over Hogs in Antebellum New York City,” Journal of Urban History37.5 (September 2011): 639-660.

Media Coverage
Atlas Obscura, Quartz, CityLab, New York Times, C-Span3, OPB, WNET, Times Literary Supplement, New York Post, Monacle Daily
Country Focus
United States
Expertise by Geography
United States
Expertise by Chronology
Expertise by Topic
Environment, Public History, Science, Women