Michelle K Berry
- Assistant Professor, Gender and Women's Studies
- Part-Time Faculty
- Part-Time Faculty
Michelle Berry is an historian (PhD, University of Arizona, 2005) whose primary intellectual interests include feminist pedagogy (teaching), ecofeminism, political ecology, environmental and labor history, and sports studies. In each of these, she is interested in understanding how power is constructed around gendered, racialized, and classed identities. She defines herself, professionally, as a teacher-scholar who encourages students to engage in comparative study especially with regard to the connection between the cultural and the political. She teaches a wide variety of courses in the Gender and Women's Studies and the History departments, and in each students will recognize common objectives - namely that she expects her students to leave the class having had an opportunity to absorb and practice a set of skills that she finds to be important in understanding and maneuvering power relationships, justice, and governance in their own lives in the 21st century. These are the kinds of things she finds herself pondering around a campfire when she is away from her computer rejuvenating. After nearly 20 years in the classroom, she has become convinced that empowering students to know how to read and write critically and think analytically is the greatest success she can have in the classroom. One can find a longer treatise on her approach to teaching in her newly published book on the subject A Primer for Teaching Environmental History (Duke University Press, 2018). In addition to teaching and writing about teaching, she is also at work on a monograph that examines the collective environmental identities of range cattle ranchers in the US West from 1945-1965. She is interested in the ways in which this group of agricultural laborers used ecological knowledge and connection with the nonhuman world to erase internal differences and division in their quest to remain one of the most powerful special interest groups in the United States. Michelle attended The Colorado College for undergraduate school, played four years of collegiate basketball, and coaches high school hoops in her spare time.
- Ph.D. History
- University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona, United States
- "Cow Talk: Culture and Identity In the Intermountain West Cattle Industry, 1945–1965"
- Gender and Women's Studies (2019 - Ongoing)
- Department of History, University of Arizona (2016 - Ongoing)
- Our Family Services (2016 - 2019)
- The Gregory School/St Gregory College Prep (2006 - 2016)
- The Rincon Institute (2005 - 2006)
- SBS Award for Undergraduate Teaching Excellence
- Nominated by Gender and Women's Studies, Spring 2019 (Award Nominee)
Environmental HistoryComparative Gender HistoryUS WestPedagogical and Cognitive study
Feminist PedagogyProject-Based LearningWriting Instruction
Hist of Mod SexualitiesGWS 202 (Fall 2020)
Hist of Mod SexualitiesHIST 202 (Fall 2020)
InternshipGWS 393 (Fall 2020)
Women+Western CultureGWS 200 (Fall 2020)
Nature & Technology in US HistHIST 247 (Spring 2020)
Sex, Gender, and TechnologyGWS 260 (Spring 2020)
Sport, Sex, IdentityGWS 150B5 (Spring 2020)
Techn+Soc:Intro Sci+TechGWS 160C1 (Fall 2019)
Women+Western CultureGWS 200 (Fall 2019)
U.S. Environment HistoryHIST 355 (Summer I 2019)
Sex, Gender, and TechnologyGWS 260 (Spring 2019)
UA Stories: Creating Dgtl PastHIST 302U (Spring 2019)
Hist Wmn US:Col Am-1890GWS 253 (Fall 2018)
Hist Wmn US:Col Am-1890HIST 253 (Fall 2018)
Hist of Mod SexualitiesGWS 202 (Fall 2018)
Hist of Mod SexualitiesHIST 202 (Fall 2018)
Sport, Sex, IdentityGWS 150B5 (Spring 2018)
U.S. Environment HistoryHIST 355 (Spring 2018)
U.S.Society+Inst Snc1877HIST 150C3 (Spring 2018)
Sex, Gender, and TechnologyGWS 260 (Fall 2017)
U.S.Society+Inst Snc1877HIST 150C3 (Fall 2017)
Women+Western CultureGWS 200 (Fall 2017)
Hist of Mod SexualitiesGWS 202 (Spring 2017)
Hist of Mod SexualitiesHIST 202 (Spring 2017)
Intro to Political HistoryHIST 150C6 (Spring 2017)
U.S.Society+Inst Snc1877HIST 150C3 (Fall 2016)
- Berry, M. K., & Wakild, E. (2018). A Primer for Teaching Environmental History: Ten Design Principles. Durham: Duke University Press.
- Berry, M. K. (2019). “Possible, Fun, and Urgent: Designing US History Courses to Include Environmental History". The American Historian, N/A. doi:https://www.oah.org/tah/issues/2019/environmental-history/possible-fun-and-urgent-designing-u.s-history-courses-to-include-environmental-history/
- Berry, M. K., & Wakile, E. (2020, January). Podcast on Primer for Teaching Environmental History. New Books Network. online: New Books Network.More infoA podcast on our book on teaching environmental history in secondary and postsecondary classes.
- Berry, M. K. (2020. Review of Origins: How Earth's History Shaped Human History. Journal of Environmental History.
- Berry, M. K. (2017. "The Blue and The Green: A Cultural Ecological History of an Arizona Ranching Community"(pp 201-202). Western History Quarterly.
- Berry, M. K. (2016. "Prep School Cowboys: Ranch Schools in the American West"(pp 104-105). Western Historical Quarterly.
- Berry, M. K. (2012. "I Do: A Cultural History of Montana Weddings(pp 365-366). Western Historical Quarterly.
- Baro, M. A., Hardin, M. C., Homer, P. T., Mckean, B., Overstreet, S. G., Anhalt, C. O., Manne, S., Ogden, G. E., Berg, J. A., Fallis, D. T., Decker, P. A., Saavedra, S. S., Hudson, L., Yslas, C. M., Lux, K. M., Joshi, K. N., Lega, J. C., Burross, H. L., Currim, F. A., , Mcarthur, D., et al. (2017, March). Sahel Framework for mainstreaming land policy and governance into national agriculture policy. Africa Land Adivisory group.