As of July 6th, APS offices are open to staff and invited visitors. The Society will remain closed to the public for at least the rest of the summer. Library & Museum staff now have access to our collections and will respond to reference and photoduplication requests as soon as possible. However, please note that response times may be delayed due to increased demand. The Society will continue a robust slate of virtual programs throughout the summer and fall. Read more about virtual programming and resources that can be accessed remotely. For further information on the APS reopening and its COVID response, please click here.

Friends of the APS Predoctoral Fellow in Early American History (to 1840)

Hannah Anderson (Friends of the APS Predoctoral Fellow in Early American History (to 1840)) is a Ph.D. Candidate in history at the University of Pennsylvania. Her dissertation is a study of botany in settler colonial contexts. Focusing on the English colonies of Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, Barbados and Jamaica in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, Anderson analyzes how non-elite colonists shaped enlightenment science, and how settlers both sought and distanced themselves from indigenous ecological knowledge to create rationales for colonization.

Research Project: “Lived Botany: Households, Ecological Adaptation, and the Origins of Settler Colonialism in Early British North America”