University of Rochester

Serenity Sutherland

PhD Candidate, ABD

Field: American History

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

Minor Fields: 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

Adviser: Thomas Slaughter

Dissertation: The Life of Ellen Swallow Richards: Gender, Science and Education in the Progressive Era

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

Curriculum vitae


  • “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

Teaching Experience:

  • Instructor, University of Rochester
       WST/PH 206 Women, Gender and Health, Fall 2014, Fall 2015
       HIS 278 (Co-Taught with Thomas Slaughter) Seward Family’s Civil War, Fall 2014
       HIS 194 Sustainable Societies: Humans and the Natural World, Summer 2014
       HIS 158 Dinner and Drinks: History of Food and Beverage in America, Summer 2013
       WRT 105 Alcohol’s Role in American History, Fall 2012-Spring 2014
       WRT 105 Scientific Controversies, Spring 2014
  • Teaching Assistant, University of Rochester
       HIS 208 Health, Medicine and Social Reform, Spring 2013
       HIS 209 Changing Concepts of Health and Illness, Spring 2012 & Spring 2014
       HIS 158 History of Food and Eating, Fall 2011


  • 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