Melanie Kiechle

Melanie Kiechle

Associate Professor

Office

417 Major Williams Hall
220 Stanger St.
Blacksburg, VA 24061 

Phone

540-231-7523

Email

mkiechle@vt.edu

Department Membership

History

Expertise

  • 19th Century United States
  • Environmental History
  • Urban History
  • Smells and Smelling

Professional Activities

  • Organization of American Historians
  • American Association for the History of Medicine
  • American Historical Association
  • American Society for Environmental History

Education

  • Ph.D. Rutgers University
  • B.A. Colgate University

Awards and Honors

2014-15 American Antiquarian Society-National Endowment for the Humanities Awards Fellowship, American Antiquarian Society, March 2014

2014 Visible Scholarship Initiative Libraries Mini-Grant, Virginia Tech College for Liberal Arts and Human Sciences, December 2013

2014 Niles Research Grant, Virginia Tech College for Liberal Arts and Human Sciences, October 2013

Selected Publications

Books

Smell Detectives: An Olfactory History of Nineteenth-Century Urban America. Seattle: University of Washington Press, 2017.

Articles

Navigating by Nose: Fresh Air, Stench Nuisance and the Urban Environment, 1840- 1880,” Journal of Urban History, forthcoming.

“The Smell Detectives,” Chemical Heritage 29:2 (Summer 2011): 32-36.

Additional Information

Current Research: Melanie Kiechle is interested in environmental and bodily knowledge in periods of change. Her current project, a book manuscript titled Smell Detectives: An Olfactory History of Urban America, 1840-1900, explores how Americans used their sense of smell to understood and react to industrial growth and urban concentration between the rise of the public health movement and the Progressive Era.