Susan Scott Parrish: a brief profile

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Susan Scott Parrish is an Associate Professor in the Department of English Language and Literature and the Program in the Environment at the University of Michigan; she is also a Fellow at the Graham Environmental Sustainability Institute (UM).  Her recent book American Curiosity: Cultures of Natural History in the Colonial British Atlantic World (UNCP, 2006) has been awarded the Jamestown Prize and the Ralph Waldo Emerson Prize; the Emerson prize is given by the Phi Beta Kappa Society to one book each year for its contribution to understanding “the intellectual and cultural condition of humanity.”  Her current projects include work on slavery and portraiture in the 18th-century Atlantic world, a new edition of Robert Beverley’s 1705 History and Present State of Virginia, and a book-length study of the ecological imagination of the U.S. South in the first half of the Twentieth Century.