Tait Keller

Membership:  2018

Member Bio

Tait Keller is an associate professor of history and former director of environmental studies and sciences at Rhodes College in Memphis, Tennessee. His research focuses on environmental change in times of crisis and conflict. His publications include Apostles of the Alps, and articles in , Environmental History, and elsewhere. His current book project, A Global Environmental History of the First World War, is under contract with Cambridge University Press. Along with Richard Tucker, Martin Schmid, and John McNeill, he is one of the editors of Environmental Histories of World War I, forthcoming with Cambridge University Press. He has received fellowships from the American Council of Learned Societies, the Austrian Ministry of Science and Research, the European Commission, the German Academic Exchange Service, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. He received his BA from the University of Rochester, and his MA and PhD at Georgetown University.


  • “Mobilizing Nature for the First World War: An Introduction.” In Environmental Histories of World War I, edited by Richard Tucker, Tait Keller, John McNeill, and Martin Schmid. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, forthcoming.
  • Apostles of the Alps: Mountaineering and Nation Building in Germany and Austria. Chapel Hill: The University of North Carolina Press, 2016.
  • “Aux marges écologique de la belligerence. Vers une histoire environnnementale globale de la Première Guerre mondiale.” Annales. Histoire, Sciences Sociales, no.1 (January–March 2016): 65–85.
  • Destruction of the Ecosystem.” 1914–1918-Online. International Encyclopedia of the First World War. Last updated 8 October 2014.
  • “The Mountains Roar: The Alps during the Great War.” Environmental History 14, no. 2 (2009): 253–74.