Dr Nicole Welk-Joerger

Postdoctoral Teaching Scholar

  • Email: newelkjo@ncsu.edu
  • Address:
    Withers Hall NA, Box 8108
    NCSU Campus
    Raleigh, NC 27695
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Nicole Welk-Joerger is a Postdoctoral Teaching Scholar, teaching courses in agricultural history and U.S. history at NCSU. She is an interdisciplinary historian, informed by her training in art history, anthropology, and the history of science, technology, and medicine. Dr. Welk-Joerger is currently at work on her first book project, tentatively titled Rumen Nation: An Environmental History of the United States. The book describes how experts used bovine rumens as physical and theoretical sites to address various ecological and public health issues, including concerns about food waste, industrial surplus, protein scarcity, and world hunger across the twentieth century. Dr. Welk-Joerger's work has been funded by numerous organizations, including the Scientific Instrument Society, the Hagley Museum and Library, and the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of American History. 

Teaching and Research Interests

Agricultural history; animal history; anthropology; environmental history; multispecies ethnography; public health; science, technology, and medicine; U.S. history


“Restoring Eden in the Amish Anthropocene.” Environmental Humanities 11, no. 1 (2019): 72-100.

“The Armsby Respiration Calorimeter.” Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography 142, no. 3 (2018): 393-396.


  • Ph.D. in History and Sociology of Science from University of Pennsylvania, 2020
  • M.A. in Anthropology from Brandeis University , 2014
  • B.A. in Art History and Anthropology from Temple University, 2012