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Jane Carruthers

Prof. Dr. Jane Carruthers

Honorary Carson Fellow


Department of History
University of South Africa
PO Box 392

Phone: +27 11 656 3336

Jane Carruthers was a Carson Fellow in November 2017.

Emeritus professor Jane Carruthers is an environmental historian at the University of South Africa, where she pioneered the discipline. Her book The Kruger National Park: A Social and Political History has become a standard reference worldwide. Her research areas include environmental justice and the history of national parks, the origins of wildlife management and game ranching, land restitution issues, landscape design and ecology, heritage, cartography, and transnational history. Carruthers is widely published in books and scholarly journals. Her latest book is National Park Science: A Century of Research in South Africa. Jane is a member of numerous editorial boards and has been awarded a number of prizes. She is a fellow of the Royal Society of South Africa and member of the Academy of Science of South Africa, and past president of the Southern African Historical Society. Carruthers was named an honorary Carson fellow in December 2014 in recognition of her six years of service as the chair of the Academic Advisory Board.


ESEH 2013: Jane Carruthers

Selected publications:

  • National Park Science: A Century of Research in South Africa. Cambridge University Press, 2017.
  • “Environmental History with an African Edge.” In The Edges of Environmental History: Honouring Jane Carruthers, edited by Christof Mauch and Libby Robin. Rachel Carson Center Perspectives, no. 1 (2014): 9–16.
  • “Designing a Wilderness for Wildlife: The Case of the Pilanesberg National Park, South Africa.” In Designing Wildlife Habitats, edited by John Beardsley. Harvard University Press, 2013.
  • Wildlife and Warfare: The Life of James Stevenson-Hamilton. Pietermaritzburg: UKZN Press, 2001.
  • The Kruger National Park: A Social and Political History. Pietermaritzburg: UKZN Press, 1995.
  • with Marion Arnold. The Life and Work of Thomas Baines. Cape Town: Fernwood Press, 1995.