Ellen F. Arnold

Associate Professor of History


B.A., University of Louisville
M.A., University of Minnesota
Ph.D., University of Minnesota


Ellen Arnold teaches Ancient, Medieval, and Early Modern History at Ohio Wesleyan. She is interested in the ways medieval people incorporated nature and the environment into both their everyday life and into their cultural imagination.

Prior to coming to OWU, Arnold taught at Macalester College, the University of Wisconsin at Oshkosh, and the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. In spring 2012, she was a Fellow at the Rachel Carson Center for Environmental Studies, working on a history of medieval views of rivers and water control.

For more on Arnold’s interests, see:

Publications / Presentations

“An Introduction to Medieval Environmental History,” History Compass, 6/3 (2008): 898–916.

“Engineering Miracles: Water Control, Conversion, and the Creation of a Religious Landscape in the Medieval Ardennes,” Environment and History, 13.4 (November 2007): 477–502.

“Engineering Miracles” was recently anthologized in Sarah Johnson, ed. Landscapes (Themes in Environmental History), 148–172. White Horse Press, Cambridge: UK, 2010.

Negotiating the Landscape: Environment and Monastic Identity in the Medieval Ardennes, University of Pennsylvania Press (2012).

Contact Info


Elliott Hall #110
Ohio Wesleyan University
Delaware, OH 43015
P 740-368-3633
E efarnold@owu.edu