Dr Nigel Rothfels

Nigel Rothfels received his Ph.D. in history from Harvard University and is the Director of the Office of Undergraduate Research at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.  He is the author of a history of the origins of naturalistic displays in zoological gardens entitled Savages and Beasts: The Birth of the Modern Zoo (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins UP, 2002) and the editor of the multidisciplinary collection Representing Animals(Bloomington: Indiana UP, 2002).  His recent work has focused on ideas about elephants since the eighteenth century.  He has held postdoctoral research fellowships from Princeton University, the Australian National University, the US National Endowment for the Humanities, and the University of Oslo.  He sits on numerous editorial and advisory boards for journals in Animal Studies and, with Garry Marvin, has begun a new book series with The Pennsylvania State University Press called Animalibus: Of Animals and Cultures.

email: rothfels@uwm.edu
web: https://pantherfile.uwm.edu/rothfels/www/

Recent Publications

“Reflections on the Vitrine.” Interview with Ingvild Kaldal. Art and Research. Forthcoming, 2011.

“Touching Animals: The Search for a Deeper Understanding of Animals.”  Beastly Natures: Animals, Humans, and the Study of History.  Ed. Dorothee Brantz and Christof Mauch.  Charlottesville: U of Virginia P, 2010. 38-58.

“Zoos, the Academy, and Captivity.”  PMLA 124.2 (March 2009): 480-86.

“Elephants, Ethics, and History.”  Elephants and Ethics: Toward a Morality of Coexistence.  Ed. Chris Wemmer and Catherine A. Christen.  Baltimore: Johns Hopkins UP, 2008.  100-119. 

“How the Caged Bird Sings: Animals and Entertainment.”  A Cultural History of Animals in the Age of Empire.  Ed. Kathleen Kete.  New York: Berg, 2007.  95-112.

“Killing Elephants: Pathos and Prestige in the Nineteenth Century.”  Victorian Animal Dreams: Representations of Animals in Victorian Literature and Culture.  Ed. Deborah Denenholz Morse and Martin Danahay.  Burlington, VT: Ashgate, 2007.  53-63.