University of Rochester

Camden Ross Burd

Track: PhD

Field: American History

Major Fields: American History, Environmental History

Minor Fields: Global Environmental History, History of the Family

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.

Adviser: Thomas Slaughter


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


Curriculum vitae


  • “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.
  • “What is Digital History?” invited talk at Central Michigan University, Museum Studies Program, Mt. Pleasant, Michigan, October 24, 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.
  • “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, Moscow, Idaho, June 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 as travel awarded scholar from Friends of the Van Pelt Library in Houghton, Michigan, October 2014.
  • “Schoolcraft and the Upper Peninsula” presented at Northern Michigan University in Marquette, Michigan as the Grace H. Magnaghi Research Fellow, October 2013.

Teaching Experience:

  • 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


  • 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 (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 & Travel Funding, Central Michigan University History Department (Fall 2012, Spring 2013, Fall 2013)