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Camden Ross Burd

Track: PhD, 2020
Adviser: Thomas Slaughter

Major Fields: American History, Environmental History
Minor Fields: Global Environmental History, History of the Family

Curriculum Vitae


American History

Research Interests

My research focuses on the professionalization of the plant trade in 19th century America. Understanding the motives and beliefs of plant nurserymen provides new insights into the nature of capitalism, landscape design, science, and environmental use.


“The Ornament of Empire: Nurserymen and the Making of the American Landscape”


MA, History, University of Rochester, 2015
MA, History, Central Michigan University, 2014
BA, History, University of Utah, 2011

Selected Publications

  • Article: “Imagining a Pure Michigan Landscape: Advertisers, Tourists, and the Making of Michigan’s Northern Vacationlands,” The Michigan Historical Review 42.2 (Fall 2016): 31-51.
  • Review: Joseph E. Taylor, III, Krista Fryauff, Erik Steiner, Celena Allen, Alex Sherman, and Zephyr Frank. Follow the Money: A Spatial History of In-Lieu Programs for Western Federal Lands (Spatial History Project, CESTA, Stanford University, 1 June 2016) Pacific Northwest Quarterly (Fall 2016): 198.
  • Review: David Spanagel, DeWitt Clinton and Amos Eaton: Geology and Power in Early New York (John Hopkins University Press, 2014) New York History 97.2 (Spring 2016): 229-231.
  • Review: Robert D. Lifset, Power on the Hudson: Storm King Mountain and the Emergence of Modern American Environmentalism (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2014) Hudson River Valley Review 33 (Fall 2016): 86-89.
  • Review: Andrew Menard, Sight Unseen: How Fremont’s First Expedition Changed the American Landscape (University of Nebraska Press, 2012) Historical Geography 41 (2013): 250-251.
  • Review: David M. Emmons, Beyond the American Pale: The Irish in the West, 1845-1910 (University of Oklahoma Press, 2010) Utah Historical Quarterly 79 (Spring 2011): 195-196.


  • "Digital Annotations and the Reclusive Wife," presented at the Society for Historians of the Early American Republic Annual Meeting, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, July 21, 2017.
  • "Growing ‘Flower City’: Nurserymen and Horticulture in Nineteenth-Century Rochester, New York," presented at the Association for the Study of Literature and the Environment Conference, Detroit, Michigan, June 24, 2017.
  • "Reforming Flour City: The Nurserymen of Rochester, New York, 1840-1860," presented at the Agricultural History Society Conference, Grand Rapids, Michigan, June 10, 2017.
  • "What is Digital History?" invited talk at Central Michigan University, Museum Studies Program, Mt. Pleasant, Michigan, October 24, 2016.
  • Lecture for Introduction to Digital Media Studies, University of Rochester, Rochester, New York, "Counting and Connecting Relationships in Historical Manuscripts," October 11, 2016.
  • "The Changing Natures of Flower City: Nurserymen, Suburbs, and the Changing Landscapes of Rochester, New York," presented at the American Society for Environmental History Conference, Seattle, Washington, March 31, 2016.
  • "Digitally Mapping Social Networks of Historical Figures," interview by Evan Dawson, Connections, WXXI  AM, November 3, 2015.
  • "In the Name of Hiawatha: Landscapes, Literature, and Environmentalism on the Shores of Lake Superior, 1968-1980," presented at Association for the Study of Literature and the Environment Conference, Moscow, Idaho, June 26, 2015.
  • "Environmentalism at the Point of Extraction: Viewpoints, Politics, and Memory in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula during the Environmental Movement," presented at Michigan Technological University with support from Friends of the Van Pelt Library in Houghton, Michigan, October 14, 2014.
  • Lecture for American Environmental History, Finlandia University, Hancock, Michigan, "American Expansion and Environments of Conquest," February 6, 2014.
  • "Schoolcraft and the Upper Peninsula," presented at Northern Michigan University, Marquette, Michigan as the Grace H. Magnaghi Research Fellow, October 17, 2013.
  • "Northern Michigan in the Gilded Age: Environmental Perceptions and the Rise of a Northern Michigan Vacationland," presented at Great Lakes History Conference, Grand Rapids, Michigan, October 11, 2013.
  • "Southern Wilderness: Northern Pioneers Within the Confederate South," presented at American Society for Environmental History Graduate Workshop, Toronto, Ontario, April 6, 2013.


  • University of Rochester HST 194- History of the American Landscape: At the Crossroads of Ecology and Culture (Summer 2016) Instructor
  • University of Rochester HST 258- Women's Lives in Letters, 1830-1880 (Fall 2016) Teaching Assistant
  • Central Michigan University MST 310- Introductions to Museums (Fall 2013) Teaching Assistant

Professional Honors and Awards

  • Dexter Perkins Prize, University of Rochester (2017)
  • CHAViC Summer Seminar Financial Award, American Antiquarian Society (2016)
  • Andrew W. Mellon Digital Humanities Fellowship, University of Rochester (2016-2018)
  • Digital Humanities Summer Institute Scholarship, University of Victoria, British Columbia (2015)
  • Michigan Technological University Archives Travel Grant, Michigan Technological University (2014)
  • Grace H. Magnaghi Visiting Research Grant, Central Upper Peninsula and Northern Michigan University Archives (2013)
  • University Dean of Graduate Studies Travel Grant, University of Rochester (2015)
  • Research and Travel Funding, University of Rochester History Department (Spring 2015, Spring 2016)
  • Research and Travel Funding, Central Michigan University History Department (Fall 2012, Spring 2013, Fall 2013)