Patrick Anthony is a PhD candidate at Vanderbilt University, who received his M.A. from Vanderbilt (2017) and B.A. from Montana State University (2015). Patrick is the author of “Race and Republicanism in Philadelphia’s Aurora,” published in The Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography (January 2017), and “Mining as the Working World of Alexander von Humboldt’s Plant Geography and Vertical Cartography,” published in the journal Isis (March 2018). In 2017, he received the Nathan Reingold Prize for the best graduate student paper from the History of Science Society.
In 2015, Patrick’s research was supported by a three-month research grant from the Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin - Preußischer Kulturbesitz, in collaboration with the project “Alexander von Humboldts Reisetagebücher.” Having been awarded research grants from the Fulbright Program and the Social Science Research Council (SSRC), he will spend 2018-2019 in Europe, carrying out his dissertation research in archives in Germany and Poland.
Patrick’s dissertation, titled “The Mine, the Garden, and the Mill: Views of Nature in Humboldt’s Germany, 1750-1850,” studies human conceptions of and engagement with nature and natural resources in Central Europe. Taking a fresh perspective on figures like Alexander von Humboldt, Julie von Bechtolsheim, and Friedrich von Hardenberg, and Bettina von Arnim, this study traverses mines, gardens, and mills to draw out the interwoven meanings of Nature and Science, and the tension between Beauty and Utility at the dawn of the modern era. At Vanderbilt, Patrick works with professors Celia Applegate, Helmut Smith, and Laura Stark, and his primary advisor is David Blackbourn.