Amrys Williams

Division of Medicine and Science

Fields of Interest: History of science and technology, environmental history, agricultural history, rural life
Dissertation: "Cultivating Modern America: 4-H Clubs and Rural Development in the Twentieth Century," University of Wisconsin-Madison, Program in the History of Science, Medicine, and Technology, 2012.


My dissertation uses 4-H rural youth clubs as a lens for exploring the intertwined histories of development, agriculture, and modernization in the U.S. and abroad from the turn of the twentieth century through the 1970s. I am presently turning the dissertation into a book manuscript, preparing articles for publication, and taking advantage of the Smithsonian’s excellent collections as I write and revise. I am also thinking about two future projects, one relating to the broader history of the social and natural scientific study of agriculture and rural life, particularly as practiced in the land-grant colleges of the United States, and another dealing with the technological and social history of the modern office, particularly the history of stenography and clerical work.