About Kathryn (Kate) Carpenter

I am a PhD Candidate in Princeton’s History of Science Department, working at the intersection of environmental history and history of science. My dissertation focuses on tornado science, storm chasing, and the interaction between professional and amateur meteorological enthusiasts in the twentieth-century U.S. Additionally, I am interested in the history of the American West, women in science, and citizen science. In addition to my research, I am also interested in methodologies including oral histories and using digital tools for evaluating and presenting information. Prior to coming to Princeton, I earned my MA in history with an emphasis in public history from the University of Missouri-Kansas City, and an undergraduate degree in journalism from the University of Missouri-Columbia.

NBN Episodes hosted by Kathryn (Kate):

Laura J. Martin, "Wild by Design: The Rise of Ecological Restoration" (Harvard UP, 2022)

April 13, 2022

Wild by Design

Laura J. Martin

Environmental restoration is a global pursuit and a major political concern. Governments, nonprofits, private corporations, and other institutions…

Jordan Salama, "Every Day the River Changes: Four Weeks Down the Magdalena" (Catapult, 2021)

November 12, 2021

Every Day the River Changes

Jordan Salama

Jordan Salama’s Every Day the River Changes: Four Weeks Down the Magdalena (Catapult Press, 2021) is a travelogue for a new generation about a journey…

Ann Vileisis, "Abalone: The Remarkable History and Uncertain Future of California's Iconic Shellfish" (Oregon State UP, 2020)

September 15, 2021


Ann Vileisis

From rocky coves at Mendocino and Monterey to San Diego’s reefs, abalone have held a cherished place in California culture for millennia. Prized for i…

Jonathan E. Robins, "Oil Palm: A Global History" (UNC Press, 2021)

August 17, 2021

Oil Palm

Jonathan E. Robins

Oil palms are ubiquitous—grown in nearly every tropical country, they supply the world with more edible fat than any other plant and play a role in sc…