Dr. Marguerite Shaffer

Peggy Shaffer

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

Affiliate, Institute for the Environment and Sustainability

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

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.