Cynthia Melendy

Cynthia Melendy, History

Adjunct Faculty
Dugan Hall 106 M


US 19th and 20th Century History, Environmental History, US Women's History, History of Science, Material Culture, Architecture and Visual Arts

Research Interest

Women and Environment, History of Science (Ornithology)

Educational Background

Ph.D., US History, University of Maine 

M.A., American and New England Studies, University of Southern Maine

B.A.,Literature, UMass Boston


An experienced development officer, book review editor, online editor, and professor of history, Cynthia offers the arts and education a deep level of experience in historical research, writing, administration, teaching, programming and leadership. She has a special interest in the Middle East and has served as a historian for the Special Operations Command and has visited Kurdistan. She is a free lance writer and contributing editor for the Mountain Ear, an arts weekly in the Mount Washington Valley. Cynthia has a zest for birding and serve on the board of the Lakes Region Audubon Society. Research and editing are her progress for my book "Picturing Nature" which focuses on how Progressive women relied on nature, specifically birds, to broaden their gender boundaries. Cynthia lives in a little red antique farmhouse in the Ossipee Mountains of New Hampshire, called "Caldera", with her two indoor shorthair cats and her dog, a  Shih Tzu, Lucy.