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Emily Brownell

Emily Brownell

Assistant Professor

College of Humanities & Social Sciences

Contact Information

(970) 351-1760
Ross 3290D
Office Hours
T 1:45 p.m. - 2:45 p.m. & R 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. & by appointment
Mailing Address
University of Northern Colorado
Department of History
Campus Box 116
Greeley, CO 80639


Research/Areas of Interest

African history, East Africa, Environmental History, Urban History, Science and Technology in Africa

Publications/Creative Works

“Refugee Shelter” in Boxes in Action: How Mundane Things Shape Knowledge Production. ed. by Susann Bauer, Maria Rentetzi, and Martina Schleunder. Mattering Press, Forthcoming 2016.

“Growing Hungry: The politics of food distribution and the shifting boundaries between urban and rural in Dar es Salaam” Global Environment: A Journal of History and Natural and Social Sciences, Issue 9.1, 2016

“Seeing Dirt in Dar es Salaam: Urban Citizenship and Waste in a Postcolonial Tanzania” in The Art of Citizenship in African Cities. Ed by Mamadou Diof and Rosalind Fredericks. Palgrave Macmillan, 2014.

“Cropped Out: Considering environmental history through my car window” in The Appendix: A New Journal of Narrative and Experimental History”. Issue 1.4 October, 2013

“International Trash and the Politics of Poverty: Conceptualizing the Transnational Waste Trade” in The Nation State and the Transnational Environment, coedited by Mark Lawrence, Erika Bsumek and David Kinkela, Oxford University Press in 2013.

Landscape, Environments and Technology in Colonial and Post-Colonial Africa. Coedited by Emily Brownell and Toyin Falola. Routledge African Studies Series, 2012.

Honors and Awards

Current visiting scholar at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science 2014-2016