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Kelly Enright

Associate Professor, Director of Historical Studies


Research, Professional and Creative Activity

  •  “Exhibiting Extinction: Martha and the Monument, Two Modes of Remembering Nature,” Cultural Studies Review, Vol. 25, No. 1 (2019).

  • Honorary Trustee, Martin & Osa Johnson Safari Museum, 2018 – present.

  • Florida Trust for Historic Preservation Award for Education Media, 2018 for West Augustine Oral History Project, Florida Division of Historical Resources grant, 2014 – 2015.

  • Interview, “Rhinoceros,” Natural History, BBC Radio. October 2017.

  • Franklinia Alatamaha and the Stamp of Extinction,” American Society of Environmental History, Chicago, IL. March 2017.

  • Latino-Americans: 500 Years of History, American Library Association / National Endowment for the Humanities programming grant, 2015 – 2016.

  • Maximum of Wilderness: the Jungle in the American Imagination (University of Virginia 2012).

  • Kansas Notable Book Award, Osa and Martin, 2012.

  • Osa & Martin: For the Love of Adventure (Lyons 2011).

  • Animals & Society Institute Fellow, Wesleyan University, 2011.

  • Rhinoceros (Reaktion/University of Chicago 2008).

  • “None Tougher,” Antennae: The Journal of Nature in Visual Culture. Issue 23 (Winter 2012).

  • “Why the Rhinoceros Doesn’t Talk: the Cultural Life of a Wild Animal in America,” Beastly Natures: Animals, Humans, and the Study of History. Ed. Dorothee Brantz (UVA 2010).

  • “On the Jungle.” Environmental History 13 (July 2008).

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 current research is on the cultural meanings of animal and plant extinctions. 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. 

Teaching and Related Service

Courses taught:

  • HIS 205: United States to 1877
  • HIS 265: Introduction to Public History
  • HIS 300: Historical Methods
  • HIS 319: National Parks and Nature in America
  • HIS 324: Museum Studies
  • HIS 325: Heritage Tourism 
  • HIS 440: Disney in American Culture 
  • HIS 455: Exploration
  • HIS 470: Senior Seminar

More Information

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

Office Hours (On Campus):

  • Monday: 11:00 PM - 12:00 PM
  • Tuesday: 12:30 PM - 3:30 PM