Shen Hou

Membership:  2015

Member Bio

Shen Hou was a Carson Fellow from February 2011 to July 2011 and from July 2013 to December 2013.
Shen Hou is currently an associate professor in the history department of Renmin University, Beijing, China. She worked with Prof. Donald Worster and received her PhD in American history from the University of Kansas in May 2008. Before she went to study in the US, she received an MA in ancient Chinese history from Central China Normal University in 2001, and a BA in history from CCNU 1999. After graduation, she was a postdoctoral fellow at Tsinghua University, Beijing, from September 2008 to August 2010. Her book, The City Natural: Garden and Forest Magazine and the Rise of American Environmentalism, was published by the University of Pittsburgh Press in 2013. Shen has published more than a dozen articles and translations on environmental history in Chinese and English. She is also translating Rivers of Empire: Water, Aridity and the Growth of the American West (by Donald Worster) into Chinese (Nanjing, China: Yilin Publisher).


  • The City Natural: Garden and Forest Magazine and the Rise of American Environmentalism. Urban Environmental History Series. Pittsburgh: University of Pittsburgh Press, 2013.
  • "Cities without Borders: From American Urban History to Urban Environmental History," The Journal of Renmin University 3 (2013). (in Chinese)
  • "Garden and Forest: A Forgotten Magazine and the Urban Roots of American Environmentalism," Environmental History 17 (2012), 813-842.
  • "The Bulldozer in the Countryside and the New Perspective of Environmental History," World History 5 (2010). (in Chinese)
  • "The Integration of Nature and Metropolis: the Construction of the Boston Metropolitan Park System," World History 4 (2009). (in Chinese)