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Kelly Enright

Assistant Professor of History, Director of Public History


Research, Professional and Creative Activity

  • Author, Maximum of Wilderness: the Jungle in the American Imagination (University of Virginia Press, 2012)
  • Author, Osa & Martin: For the Love of Adventure (Lyons Press, 2011)
  • Author, Rhinoceros (Reaktion Books, 2010)
  • Co-Editor in Chief, Sloth: A Journal of Emerging Voices in Human-Animal Studies
  • Published in Environmental History, Society and Animals, Antennae, Florida Historical Quarterly, National Geographic, Antique Week, and American Archaeology
  • Kansas Notable Book Award for Osa and Martin (2012)
  • Fellow, Animals & Society Institute (2011)
  • Clark-McClintock-Gershenson Award, Rutgers University (2011)
  • Dean's Award for Excellence in Research, Rutgers University (2010)
  • Member of American Historical Association, Society for Environmental History, American Alliance of Museums, National Council on Public History

Professional Profile

Dr. Enright holds a Ph.D. in American History from Rutgers University, an M.A. in Museum Anthropology from Columbia University, and a B.A. in American Studies from Vassar College. She specializes in American cultural and environmental history, and museum studies. Her currently research is on the cultural meaning of animal extinction and the role of nature in heritage tourism. This work has been presented at meetings of the Animals & Society Institute, American Society for Environmental History, and National Council on Public History. She has researched and consulted for museums and non-profits including the Wildlife Conservation Society, American Museum of Natural History, South Street Seaport Museum, and Brooklyn Museum of Art. With other faculty, she recently earned a grant to implement Latino Americans: 500 Years of History programming funded by the American Library Association and the National Endowment for the Humanities. 

Teaching and Related Service

Courses taught:

  • HIS 205: United States to 1877
  • HIS 265: Introduction to Public History
  • HIS 300: Historical Methods
  • HIS 324: Museum Studies
  • HIS 447: Senior Seminar
  • HIS 481,2,3: Internship
  • HIS 325: Heritage Tourism 
  • HIS 340: Disney & American Culture 
  • HIS 340: National Parks: Preserving History & Nature in America

More Information

Personal Website:
Professional Twitter: @enrightkelly
Program Blog:
Program Twitter: @FlaglerPH

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  Rhinoceros by Kelly Enright book cover. Osa and Martin book cover. The Maximum of Wilderness book cover.

Office Hours:

  • Monday: 1:00PM - 3:30PM
  • Tuesdsay: 11:00AM - 12:30PM, 2:00PM - 3:30PM
  • Thursday: 11:30AM - 12:30PM
  • Friday: 1:00Pm - 2:00PM