Graduate Students

Serenity Sutherland

PhD Candidate, ABD
Advisor: Thomas Slaughter

Major Fields: Environmental History, History of Food, History of Science
Minor Fields: American History

Curriculum Vitae


American History

Research Interests

American in the World, women in science and technology, history of food and eating, environmental history, history of science and medicine, digital humanities


Discovering Science for Women: The Life of Ellen Swallow Richards, 1842-1911


B.S. Environmental Management & Technology, Rochester Institute of Technology, 2010
B.A. - Double Major English/Creative Writing & History, SUNY Binghamton, 2006
Graduate Certificate in Women’s and Gender Studies, Susan B. Anthony Institute, University of Rochester, 2014

Selected Publications

  • “Military Physician Edward Bright Vedder’s Efforts to Legitimize Healing and Harming Using Western Just War Theory, 1899-1949,” Revista Universitaria de Historia Militar Vol. 4, No. 7(June 2015): 7-22.
  • “Ethnic traditions and alcohol,” “Gender and alcohol reform,” and “Women’s Temperance Crusade, 1874” in Scott C. Martin, ed., The SAGE Encyclopedia of Alcohol: Social, Cultural and Historical Perspectives (SAGE Press, 2015): 531-37, 592-96, 1440-43


  • Instructor, Rochester Institute of Technology Digital History, Spring 2017 History of America’s National Parks, Spring 2017 Dinner and Drinks: History of Food & Beverage in America, Fall 2016   Instructor, University of Rochester Introduction to Digital Media Studies, Fall 2016 Feminism, Gender and Health, Fall 2014, Fall 2015, Fall 2016 Seward Family’s Civil War, (Co-taught with Thomas Slaughter), Fall 2014 Sustainable Societies: Humans and the Natural World, Summer 2014 Dinner and Drinks: History of Food and Beverage in America, Summer 2013 Alcohol’s Role in American History, Fall 2012-Spring 2014 Scientific Controversies, Spring 2014
  • Teaching Assistant, University of Rochester Tourist Japan, Spring 2016Essential Digital Media Toolkit, Spring 2015Health, Medicine and Social Reform, Spring 2013Changing Concepts of Health and Illness, Spring 2012 & Spring 2014History of Food and Eating, Fall 2011

Professional Honors and Awards

  • 2014-2016: Andrew W. Mellon Fellowship in Digital Humanities, University of Rochester
    2014: Donald Marks “Dexter Perkins” Prize, University of Rochester
    2013: Mining History Association Research Grant
    2012-2015: Susan B. Anthony Institute Research Grant, University of Rochester