Dr. Marguerite Shaffer

Contact Information

American Studies Program
Room 220 Shideler Hall
Oxford, OH 45056
513 529 7527
Office hours: T 10:00-12:30, and by appointment
Peggy Shaffer
Title: 

Professor of History and Global and Intercultural Studies (American Studies Program)

Affiliate, Institute for the Environment and Sustainability

Education: 

PhD, Harvard University

MA, Harvard University

BA, University of Pennsylvania

Teaching and Research Interests: 
  • American Studies
  • U.S. cultural history
  • U.S. environmental history
  • U.S. public culture
Courses Recently Taught: 
  • AMS 180  Nature and Culture: First Year Honors Seminar
  • AMS 205 Introduction to American Studies
  • AMS 206  Approaches to American Culture: Consumer Culture
  • AMS 405/IES 440  The Anthropocene: A New Era in Human-Environment Relations
Selected Publications: 
  • "A Transnational Wildlife Drama: Dian Fossey, Popular Environmentalism, and the Origins of Gorilla Tourism," American Quarterly, Vol 67, No. 2, June 2015.
  • Co-editor with Phoebe S. K. Young, Rendering Nature: Animals, Bodies, Places, Politics, University of Pennsylvania Press, 2015.
  • Co-author with Phoebe S. K. Young, "The Nature-Culture Paradox," Rendering Nature: Animals, Bodies, Places, Politics, eds. Marguerite S. Shaffer and Phoebe S. K. Young, University of Pennsylvania Press, 2015.
  • "Digit's Legacy: Reconsidering the Human-Nature Encounter in a Global World," Rendering Nature: Animals, Bodies, Places, Politics, eds. Marguerite S. Shaffer and Phoebe S. K. Young, University of Pennsylvania Press, 2015.
  • "Performing Bears and Packaged Wilderness: Reframing the History of National Parks," in Cities and Nature in the American West, ed. Char Miller, Las Vegas, NV: University of Nevada Press, 2010.
  • Editor, Public Culture: Diversity, Democracy, and Community in the United States, University of Pennsylvania Press, 2008
  • See America First: Tourism and National Identity, 1880-1940, Smithsonian Institution Press, 2001
Selected Grants and Awards: 
  • Miami University Altman Fellow, 2014-15
  • Miami University College of Arts and Science Distinguished Educator, 2010-11
  • Elizabeth Kolmer Award for teaching and mentoring in the field of American Studies, Mid-America American Studies Association, 2011
  • Harry T. Wilks Faculty Fellowship, 2007-08
Work in Progress: 

Dr. Shaffer’s book in progress, Animal Encounters: The Strange History of Tourists and Wildlife in 20th Century America, is a cultural and environmental history examining a series of tourist-wildlife experiences that have defined popular environmentalism over the past century.  Focused on four iconic wild animals inhabiting four distinct ecosystems--bears (Rocky Mountains), dolphins (Atlantic Ocean), gorillas (Virunga Mountains), and penguins (Antarctica)--each chapter traces the origins and experiences of the human-animal interactions that became popular during a particular historical moment in a particular ecosystem, while examining the larger implications of these human-animal relationships.