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Sonja Dümpelmann

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Sonja Dümpelmann

Co-director, Chair of Environmental Humanities


Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society
LMU Munich
Leopoldstr. 11a
D-80802 Munich

Website: https://www.sonjaduempelmann.com/

Sonja Dümpelmann joined the Rachel Carson Center in July 2023 as co-director and as the new chair of the environmental humanities at LMU Munich. Dümpelmann is a historian of urban landscapes and environments in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Among other things, she will bring concerns related to the built environment, its use, form, design, and representation as well as plants into discussions in the environmental humanities. Before moving to Munich, she was a tenured full professor in the Department of Landscape Architecture at the University of Pennsylvania Weitzman School of Design. More information on her work and previously held positions can be found on her website.

Selected Publications

  • ed. Landscapes for Sport: Histories of Physical Exercise, Sport, and Health. Washington DC: Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection, 2022.
    (2023 North American Society for Sport History Anthology Prize, North American Society for Sport History)
  • Seeing Trees: A History of Street Trees in New York City and Berlin. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2019.
    (2022 Elisabeth Blair MacDougall Book Award; 2020 Julia Ward Howe Award Finalist, Boston Authors Club; 2019 John Brinckerhoff Jackson Book Prize)
  • with John Beardsley, eds. Women, Modernity, and Landscape Architecture. Abingdon: Routledge, 2015.
  • Flights of Imagination: Aviation, Landscape, Design. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2014.
  • ed. A Cultural History of Gardens in the Age of Empire. London: Bloomsbury, 2013.
  • with Dorothee Brantz, eds. Greening the City: Urban Landscapes in the Twentieth Century. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2011.
  • Maria Teresa Parpagliolo Shephard (1903–1974): Ein Beitrag zur Entwicklung der Gartenkultur in Italien im 20. Jahrhundert. Weimar: VDG, 2004.