Oliver Lazarus

Oliver Lazarus

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Research Interests: Animal history; history of technology; economic history; urban history; STS; the Anthropocene; environmental history.

Oliver Lazarus is a PhD student in the History of Science Department. His work focuses on intersections of animal history and economic history, and how these interactions shape both economic development and relationships with the natural world. His M.A. thesis at NYU focused on the Great Epizootic, a horse influenza originating in North America in 1872 that effectively halted daily life in New York City for weeks, revealing the city’s dependence on animals in the nineteenth century. More generally, he is interested in the ways in which human-animal interactions have shaped the modern world, and how this in turn has informed conceptions of animals and orders of nature.

Before starting his PhD, Oliver completed his M.A. at New York University, and worked as a journalist for WNYC.


“Capitalist Pigs: Animals and the Development of New York City.” Workshop for the History of the Environment, Agriculture Technology, and Science (WHEATS) (Michigan State University, October 2019).

“Laborer or Object of Labor: A Meta-Analysis of Animal Labor Studies.” The Animals and Society Research Initiative Graduate Writing Workshop (University of Victoria, May 2019).

Previous Degrees:

M.A., Animal Studies, New York University

B.A., International and Area Studies, Washington University in St. Louis

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