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Harriet Ritvo

Faculty Associate


Harriet Ritvo

Harriet Ritvo is Arthur J. Conner Professor of History, Emeritus at MIT and author of The Platypus and the Mermaid, and Other Figments of the Classifying Imagination (1997), The Animal Estate: The English and Other Creatures in the Victorian Age (1987), The Dawn of Green: Manchester, Thirlmere, and Modern Environmentalism (2009), and Noble Cows and Hybrid Zebras: Essays on Animals and History (2010). Her current research focuses on wildness and animals. She teaches British history, environmental history, and the history of human-animal relations. She is editor of the Animals, History, Culture book series. A fellow of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences, she has received fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the National Humanities Center.


  • Arthur J. Conner Professor of History, Emeritus, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Faculty Associate, Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies, Harvard University