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Dr Chris Pearson BA (Hons) MA PhD

Senior Lecturer in Twentieth-Century History History


Personal Statement

After working at the University of Bristol and the University of Warwick, I joined the University of Liverpool in September 2012. My research interests lie predominantly in animal, environmental and cultural history. They initially focused on modern French history and the environmental history of war, and have since branched out into animal history, the history of emotions, the history of medicine, urban history, and transnational history. My doctoral research and subsequent monograph form the first environmental history of Vichy France and outline the material and cultural importance of nature during the ‘dark years’ and their aftermath. This led to postdoctoral work on French and transnational militarized landscapes and my second book on the environmental history of war and militarization in France from the mid-nineteenth century to the present day. My most recent book Dogopolis: How Dogs and Humans Made Modern New York, London, and Paris was published by the University of Chicago Press in 2021, and explores the role and presence of dogs as workers, pets, pests, and beyond in nineteenth and twentieth century London, New York, and Paris. I also explore human-canine history on my blog Sniffing the Past and have co-produced a free smart phone app that allows users to explore the human-canine histories of these cities. You can download it from the University of Liverpool appstore

My future research will explore street dogs in India (funded by a Wellcome Trust Collaborative Award starting in September 2021) and histories of heat in modern cities. I am also co-investigator on the Wellcome Trust-funded network MedEnv: Intersections in Medical and Environmental Humanities and co-lead the Environmental Humanities strand of the Centre for Health, Medical and Environmental Humanities

I am interested in supervising PhD students whose research interests mesh with my own, as outlined above, as well as MA dissertations on these topics. Please drop me an email to discuss your ideas.

ORCID: 0000-0002-0556-1929