Lise Sedrez

Membership:  2015/2016

Member Bio

Lise Sedrez currently teaches at the Instituto de História, Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, but until recently she was an associate professor at California State University, Long Beach. She moved back to Brazil in 2010, after 14 years in the US, where she received an MS in Environmental Policy Studies from the New Jersey Institute of Technology, earned a PhD in History from Stanford University, and drove across the country twice. She is the co-editor of the book series Latin American Landscapes (University of Arizona Press). Lise has been teaching in one way or another since she was 18; it is her only addiction, other than chocolate. She has also worked for environmental non-profit organizations in Brazil, such as Greenpeace, IBASE, and WWF. Lise has published her work in Italy, Colombia, Brazil, and the USA. In 2010 she was awarded a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Humanities, and in Brazil she was the chief editor of the academic journal Topoi from 2011 to 2015. She is a proud founding member of SOLCHA (Sociedade Latinoamericana y Caribeña de Historia Ambiental) and coordinates the Laboratório História e Natureza in Rio de Janeiro, together with José Augusto Pádua.


  • Andrade, Marta Mega de, William de Souza Martins, and Lise Fernanda Sedrez, eds. Sujeito e objeto. Rio de Janeiro: Ponteio, 2012.
  • Armiero, Marco, and Lise Sedrez, eds. A History of Environmentalism: Local Struggles, Global Histories. London: Bloomsbury Academic, 2014.
  • Maia, Andrea Casa Nova, and Lise Sedrez. “Narrativas de um Dilúvio Carioca: memória e natureza na Grande Enchente de 1966.” História Oral 14, no. 2 (2011): 221–54.
  • Sedrez, Lise. "Desastres socioambientais, políticas públicas e memória—contribuições para a história ambiental." In Migrações e natureza, edited by Eunice Nodari and Sílvio Correia, 185–202. São Leopoldo: Oikos, 2013.
  • Sedrez, Lise. "Urban Nature in Latin America: Diverse Cities and Shared Narratives." In "New Environmental Histories of Latin America and the Caribbean," edited by Claudia Leal, José Augusto Pádua, and John Soluri, RCC Perspectives 2013, no. 7 (2013): 59–65.