Cameron Strang

Ph.D. Candidate
Department of History
University of Texas at Austin

2010-2011 Dissertation Research Fellow

Entangled Knowledge, Expanding Nation: Local Science and the United States Empire in the Southeast Borderlands, 1763-1840

Abstract. This dissertation uses an entangled history perspective to argue that local knowledge in the southeast borderlands—lower Louisiana, Mississippi, and the Floridas—had a major impact on science and expansion in the early United States. Local science in this region was multinational, well established, and very closely aligned with circum-Caribbean networks. As the U.S. worked to incorporate this region, officials and scientific institutions drew on the area’s multinational local science to expand both their knowledge and their nation. This hypothesis challenges Anglo-centric historical narratives that European science and technologies of power followed the American flag across the continent. U.S. officials and scientific institutions did not create the scientific practices used to dominate and profit from the southeast borderlands. They developed them by consulting and incorporating local experts. U.S. science and expansion were not merely national or Anglo-Atlantic developments: both drew on traditions of knowledge and power from the circum-Caribbean.

Here is a report of his research as a fellow.

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Fellows News and Notes

November 18, 2014

The Unconscious Mind in America, 1880-1917

October 2, 2014

Remembering the Veteran: Disability, Trauma, and the American Civil War, 1861-1915

September 23, 2014

Thomas Wijck’s Painted Alchemists at the Intersection of Art, Science and Practice

August 10, 2014

Onion Signs Book Contract

August 10, 2014

Muir-Harmony Appointed Postdoc at AIP

August 10, 2014

Mansfield Wins Fellowship

July 31, 2014

An Empire of Skulls: The History of The Samuel George Morton Cranial Collection and Scientific Collecting Practices in 19th Century Philadelphia

July 31, 2014

Terra Desconhecida: Nature, Knowledge, and Society in the Pantanal Wetlands of Brazil and Bolivia

July 31, 2014

Moving Beyond Vision: Eadweard Muybridge in Philadelphia

June 3, 2014

Chymical Medicine, Corpuscularism, and Controversy: A Study of Daniel Sennert’s Works and Letters

June 3, 2014

The Fruit of Their Labors: Exploring William Hamilton’s Greenhouse Complex and the Rise of American Botany in Early Federal Philadelphia

June 3, 2014

Public Science, Patronage, and Free Education: The Wagner Free Institute of Science in Philadelphia 1855-1900

March 4, 2014

Morbid Propensities: Suicide, Sympathy, and the Making of American Eugenics

February 27, 2014

“It is my wish to behold Ladies among my hearers”: Early American Women and Scientific Practice, 1720-1860

January 2, 2014

Cross-Atlantic Fertilizations: Women’s Horticultural Education at Ambler, Pennsylvania

October 10, 2013

Printing skulls: the transatlantic publication and reception of Crania Americana (1839)

October 1, 2013

Degeneration in Miniature: Cell Death and Aging Research in the Twentieth Century

October 1, 2013

The American Idiot Schools: Disability and Segregation in the Nineteenth Century

October 1, 2013

The Psychotechnics of Everyday Life: Hugo Münsterberg and the Politics of Applied Psychology, 1892-1920

July 23, 2013

Seizing Science and Technology: American, British, and French Efforts to Take German Technology During and Following the Second World War

July 22, 2013

Benjamin H. Latrobe’s Philadelphia Waterworks: Republican Emblem and Democratic Instrument of Healthy Equilibrium

July 18, 2013

A Reinterpretation of American Institutions for the Feeble-minded , 1875-1920:  the development of a “bureaucracy of care”

June 6, 2013

The Show-Room and the Workshop: The Laboratory within the Natural History Museum and the Development of American Biology, 1850-1935

March 28, 2013

Fellow Update: Christopher Jones

December 6, 2012

PACHS Postdoctoral Fellow Rebecca Onion receives the 2012 HSS Reingold Prize

December 6, 2012

The Sciences of Observation and their use in the development of the United States, 1770-1820

December 4, 2012

Fellow Update: Susan Hanket Brandt

December 3, 2012

Fellow Update: Kurt MacMillan, Chris Heaney and Ben Breen

December 2, 2012

Fellows Update: Joanna Radin and Kurt MacMillan

December 1, 2012

Fellows Update: Andrew Berns and Terry Christensen

November 13, 2012

The Republic of Fever: Commerce, Warfare and the Making of Warm Climate Medicine in the Age of Atlantic Revolutions

November 6, 2012

Prediction and Control: Global Population Projection in the Twentieth Century

October 31, 2012

Radium Therapy in America, 1898-1939

September 13, 2012

The Opulent City and the Sylvan State:  Art and Environmental Embodiment in Early National Philadelphia

June 12, 2012

Andean Afterlives: the Hemispheric Circulation of the Pre-Columbian Dead and Peruvianist Anthropology, 1780-1948

May 24, 2012

Bridging the Disjunction: Asa Gray and the Botanical Exchanges between East Asia and North America

April 3, 2012

The Salubrious Sea: Marine Hospitals, the Environment, and the Health of American Urban Children, 1870-1930.

February 21, 2012

Gifted Women and Skilled Practitioners: Gender and Healing Authority in the Mid-Atlantic Region, 1740-1830

January 19, 2012

“Experiment and Good Sense Must Direct You”: the Social Relations of Health, Healing and Knowledge-Making in Eighteenth-Century Plantation America.

December 8, 2011

Fellow Update: Karin Eckholm

November 1, 2011

Aid, Incorporated: American Medical Relief to China and the Development of Medical Diplomacy, 1937-1949

October 20, 2011

Making Museums of Medical History

April 8, 2011

Entangled Knowledge, Expanding Nation

February 22, 2011

Iron Curtain, Iron Lungs

February 15, 2011

Lavoisier as Historian of Chemistry and Philosopher of Science

January 13, 2011

Crafting the Two Cultures: Identifying and Educating Future Scientists and Non-Scientists in America, 1910–1970

June 10, 2010

Visiting Fellow:  Terry Christensen

June 2, 2010

The Social Relevance of Studying Domestication in the Early 20th Century

December 4, 2009

The Natural Science of the Biblical World in Late Renaissance Italy

November 12, 2009

Isolating Liberty: The Home, the Prison, and the Asylum in Antebellum Literature