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Eric Strahorn

Associate Professor of History
Phone: (239) 590-7214
E-Mail: estraho@fgcu.edu
Office: MH 187

Honors Fellow and Associate Professor of History

Ph.D., History, University of Iowa
M.A., History, University of Iowa
B.A., History, Drake University

Research and teaching interests: Colonial and Post-Colonial South Asia, Modern and Imperial Britain, environmental history, wildlife conservation, the Himalayas

 

Courses Offered

  • ASH 1301 History of East Asia
  • ASH 1320 History of South Asia
  • ASH 3323 Modern South Asia
  • ASH 3384 Women in Modern South Asian History
  • ASH 3404 Modern China
  • ASH 3550 Post-Colonial India
  • ASN 2005 Introduction to Asian Studies
  • HIS 3470 History of Science and Technology
  • HIS 4936 Pro-Seminar in History
  • HIS 6159 Historiography
  • IDH 1930 Honors Readings
  • WOH 1030 World Civilization since 1815
  • WOH 3044 20th Century World History
  • WOH 6915 Research in World History
  • WOH 6939 Seminar in World History

 

Books

  • Powering Asia’s Rise: The Quest for Sustainable Hydroelectricity in the Himalayas. In Progress.
  • An Environmental History of Postcolonial North India: The Himalayan Tarai in Uttar Pradesh and Uttaranchal (New York: Peter Lang Publishing, 2009).
    • This book has been included in the Sustainable Organization Library maintained by Greenleaf Publishing and GSE Research (http://www.gseresearch.com/pages/sol.aspx).

 

Articles and Essays

  • “Development of a Hydroelectricity Market in the Central and Eastern Himalayas” Under Review.
  • “The Indus River Basin in the 21st Century” In Managing New Security Challenges in Asia, edited by Robert M. Hathaway and Michael Wills. The Woodrow Wilson Center Press/Johns Hopkins University Press, 2013.
  • The Tentative First Steps in the Creation of a Himalayan Hydroelectricity Market Between Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, and Nepal. New Approaches to Building Markets in Asia (Centre on Asia and Globalisation at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore) Working Paper No. 21 (2011).

 

Conference Presentations

  • "Flood Control in the Himalayas: A Preliminary History of Futility," paper presented at "Disasters Wet and Dry: Rivers, Floods, and Droughts in World History," sponsored jointly by the Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society, LMU Munich, and the Center for Ecological History, Renmin University of China, 23-26 May 2013.
  • “Damming the Himalayas: Assessing the Eco-friendliness of Large Damns in SAARC's Growth Quadrangle” paper presented at the “Thinking Mountains 2012 Interdisciplinary Mountain Studies Conference,” Canadian Mountain Studies Initiative, University of Alberta, Edmonton, 11-14 December 2012.
  • "Flood Control in the Himalayas: A Preliminary History of Futility," paper presented at "Disasters Wet and Dry: Rivers, Floods, and Droughts in World History," sponsored jointly by the Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society, LMU Munich, and the Center for Ecological History, Renmin University of China, 23-26 May 2013.
  • “The Tentative First Steps in the Creation of a Himalayan Hydroelectricity Market Between Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, and Nepal,” paper resented at the “Regulation, Private Sector Authority and Market Building in Asia”, Singapore, 27-28 October 2011.
  • "The Indus River Basin in the 21st Century," paper presented at the 2010 Asia Policy Assembly (The National Bureau of Asian Research/Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars), Washington, DC, 18 June 2010.
  • "Wildlife Conservation in Cambodia - A Global Perspective" paper presented at the international conference," paper presented at the Cambodia and World History/World History and Cambodia," Phnom Penh, Cambodia, 3-4 January 2010.
  • "The Indus River Basin in the 20th Century," paper presented at the "Rivers and Landscapes in the 20th Century: Laboratories for a Sustainable Development 'avant la lettre'?" conference at Conservatoire National des Arts et Métiers, Paris, November 2009.
  • "Development Issues in the Indus River Basin: The Limitations of the Indus Waters Treaty (1960) and Ongoing Ecological Consequences," paper presented at the Fourth Annual Himalayan Policy Research Conference, Madison, 22 October 2009.

 

Grants and Awards

  • Travel Grant from the Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München to present "Flood Control in the Himalayas: A Preliminary History of Futility" at the conference on “Disasters Wet and Dry: Rivers, Floods, and Droughts in World History” held at the the Center for Ecological History, Renmin University, Beijing, May 23-26, 2013).
  • Research Fellow, National Asia Research Program of the National Bureau of Asian Research and Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, 2010-2012.
  • Travel Grant from the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore to present at the workshop on “Regulation, Private Sector Authority and Market Building in Asia," held at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore, October 27-28, 2011.
  • Travel Grant from the Conservatoire National des Arts et Métiers, Paris to present at the conference on "Rivers and Landscapes in the 20th Century: Laboratories for a Sustainable Development 'avant la lettre'?" held at the Conservatoire National des Arts et Métiers, Paris, November 2009.
  • Rockefeller Archive Center of The Rockefeller University research grant, 1997.
  • Fulbright Fellowship (India), 1993-1994.
  • Summer Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowship (India), 1992.

Study Tours Led

  • June 2014, Singapore (Honors Program).
  • May 2007, Beijing and Shanghai (History Program).
  • May 2005, Beijing and Lhasa (joint program between the History Program and the Justice Studies Department).
  • May 2004, Beijing, Xian, Hong Kong, and Macau (joint program between the History Program and the Justice Studies Department).
  • May 2002, Beijing and Xian (joint program between the History Program and the Justice Studies Department).
  • May 2001, Beijing and Shanghai (joint program between the History Program and the Justice Studies Department).

Service to the profession

  • Contributing Editor, Asian Studies Newsletter.
  • Member, Advisory Board, Annual Editions: World History (McGraw-Hill)
  • Member, Advisory Board, Annual Editions: Western Civilization (McGraw-Hill)
  • Member, Advisory Board, Taking Sides: Clashing Views on Economic Issues (McGraw-Hill)

 

FGCU

  • Member, Steering Committee for the Lee County School District’s “E Pluribus Unum: One Nation, One People” Project.
  • Member, Florida State University System Statewide Course Numbering System Asian Studies Committee and FGCU Asian Studies Discipline Coordinator.
  • Interim Chair, Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences, Fall 2010 to Summer 2011.
  • Interim History Program Leader, Spring 2010.
  • Chair, Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences, Fall 2005 to Summer 2008.
  • History Program Leader, Fall 2005 to Summer 2008.
  • Interim Psychology Program Leader, Fall 2006 to Summer 2007.
  • Social Science Program Leader, Fall 2003 to Summer 2005.

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