Rothfels, Nigel

Acting Dean of College of Letters & Science, and Professor
Department of History


PhD, Harvard University, 1994
MA, Harvard University, 1987
BA, University of Utah, 1985

Research Interests

History of Animals
Nineteenth Century German and European History
European Colonial History

Teaching Areas

History of Animals
Modern European History
History Methods

Courses Offered

Hist 600 – Nonhuman History
Hist 398 – Global History of Animals
Hist 206 – Europe and the Modern World

Other Activities

Director, Office of Undergraduate Research
General Editor, Animalibus: Of Animals and Cultures with Penn State University Press

Selected Publications

Rothfels, Nigel. Elephant Trails: A History of Animals and Cultures. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2021.

Rothfels, Nigel, and Dick Blau. Elephant House. State College: Penn State University Press, 2015.

Rothfels, Nigel. Savages and Beasts: The Birth of the Modern Zoo. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2002.

Rothfels, Nigel, ed. Representing Animals. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2002.

Rothfels, Nigel. “The Antelope Collectors.” Zoo Studies: A New Humanities. Ed. Tracy McDonald and Daniel Vandersommers. Montreal: McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2019. 45-64.

Rothfels, Nigel. “(Re)Introducing the Przewalski’s Horse.” The Ark and Beyond. Ed. Ben A. Minteer, Jane Maienschein, and James Collins. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2018: 77-89.