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Emily Wakild

Emily Wakild portrait

Returning home to the Treasure Valley after a seventeen-year absence, Emily Wakild, who is currently on Sabbatical/Grant,  joined the faculty of the Department of History at Boise State University in 2012 as a historian of Latin America. She earned her M.A. and Ph.D. in Latin American History from the University of Arizona in Tucson and a B.A. in History and Politics from Willamette University in Salem, Oregon. Before coming to Boise State, she was an assistant professor at Wake Forest University in North Carolina. Her research interests include the social and environmental history of revolution in Latin America, the comparative history of conservation and science, and cultural understandings of climate history. For this work, she has been awarded several national awards including a National Science Foundation Scholars Award, a Fulbright-Hays Fellowship, a National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Stipend, and a National Endowment for the Humanities Research Fellowship.  Her book, Revolutionary Parks: Conservation, Social Justice, and Mexico’s National Parks (University of Arizona Press, 2011) received the Alfred B. Thomas Award for the best book on a Latin American subject by the Southeastern Council on Latin American Studies, the Charles A. Weyerhaueser Award for the best book in forest and conservation history from the Forest History Society, and the Elinor Melville Award for the best book on Latin American environmental history from the Conference of Latin American History. At present she is working on a comparative history of transnational conservation and scientific research in Amazonian and Patagonian South America.

Professor Wakild teaches courses on all periods of Latin American History, including Modern Latin America and a History of Mexico, as well as the foundations course, Themes in World History.  She has led three summer field courses with a biologist in Peru investigating the role of nature conservation in society. Prior to graduate school, she spent three years teaching middle school through the Teach for America program in deep South Texas.

Office: L181
Phone: 208/426-3529
Office Hours: None during Summer 2016

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