Kieko Matteson

Assistant Professor

Environmental History, France, Europe


Office: Sakamaki A409
Phone: (808) 956-6757



A.B. Smith College, 1990; MA, PhD Yale University, 1995, 2008


Born and raised in Vermont and with family ties in Hawaiʻi, Kieko Matteson developed an early interest in environmental history while hiking and birding in New England and the U.S. West. Later stints in France and Finland led her to explore the history of natural resource conservation and land use in Europe. Her dissertation, “Masters of their Woods: Conservation, Community, and Conflict in Revolutionary France” was awarded the American Society for Environmental History’s Rachel Carson Prize and Yale’s Henry A. Turner Prize in European History.


Prior to joining the History Department, Dr. Matteson served as the Executive Director of the World History Association.


She is currently editor of the American Society for Environmental History and U.S. National Park Service’s “Special History of World War II Activities in Pacific Island Park Units.”


During Spring 2013, Matteson was a Fellow at the Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society in Munich, Germany. Her book, Forests in Revolutionary France, is forthcoming from Cambridge University Press.





U.S. Environmental History, World Environmental History, Modern France, Modern Europe, French Revolution, Historiography and Methods



Publications & other writings:


“The Revival of Tradition in France’s Forests.” Solutions, Vol. 3, February 2013.


Nice Weather (If You’re a Newt): Chaos and Resilience in Natural Ecosystems.” Essay for Seeing the Woods: A Blog by the Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society, 19 June 2013.


“Habeas Porpoise: Florida's Double Standard on Violent Offenders.” Counterpunch, 8 March 2010.


“‘Bad citizens’ with ‘murderous teeth’: Goats into Frenchmen, 1789–1827.” Proceedings of the Western Society for French History, Carol E. Harrison and Kathryn A. Edwards, eds., Vol. 34, 2006. Winner of the Gargan Prize, 2006.


“Trash,” Gendai Amerika no Kiiwaado [Keywords of Contemporary America], Mari Yoshihara and Yujin Yaguchi, eds. Chuo-koron-shinsha, 2006.


“Review of Shawn William Miller, An Environmental History of Latin America.” Pacific Circle Bulletin, October 2011.


“The Case for World Environmental History: Review of K. Sivaramakrishnan’s Modern Forests: Statemaking and Environmental Change in Colonial Eastern India.” Pacific Circle Bulletin, January 2003.




Arcadia: Online Explorations in Global Environmental History

UH Mānoa Trees and Plants

Eat the Invaders