Amy D. Schwartz
B.A., Wesleyan University
M.A., University of Kansas
A native of Long Island, NY, Ms. Schwartz came to Exeter in 2001. She taught previously at the Putney School in VT, where she also ran the organic garden, and at Contoocook Valley Regional High School in Peterborough, NH, where she and a group of students founded the girl's lacrosse program. Her longtime interest in agriculture began in high school, grew during a "gap" year spent studying agriculture and forestry at Sterling College in VT, and deepened during a year of travel and study in seven African countries in 1988-89. She also ran a wilderness trail crew for the Vermont Youth Conservation Corps. These experiences led her to environmental history, her graduate field of study. At Exeter, Ms. Schwartz has pursued her environmental interests by advising the Environmental Action Committee, helping to revive the Environmental Proctor program, and serving on the Environmental Task Force.
Ms. Schwartz teaches US History, Environmental History, and several Asian History courses, including Asian Civilizations, Modern China, and Modern Japan. In 2009 she developed the department's new course, "China: The Last Dynasty." She lived in Langdell Hall and coached girl's lacrosse for many years. She's always looking for students to join club hockey.
In addition to playing many sports, Ms. Schwartz enjoys meditation, gardening, cooking, travel, and fantasy baseball. She is the author of two scholarly articles: "Thinking About Progress: Teaching a High School Environmental History Seminar," published in the Organization of American Historians' Magazine of History in October 2011 and "Colonial New England Agriculture: Old Visions, New Directions," published in the Journal of Agricultural History in Summer 1995. She received the Charles E. Ryberg Teaching Award in 2005 and the Brown Family Faculty Award in 2011.
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