Elsa Devienne

2016 Princeton-Mellon Fellow
Degrees: 

Ph.D. History, École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales (EHESS)

Elsa Devienne is a recent PhD graduate from the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales (EHESS), will join the Princeton-Mellon Initiative from Paris for the Spring semester. Devienne is currently working on a book project titled, Beaches in the City: A Social and Environmental History of Los Angeles’s Shoreline. Using a wide range of data, from engineering reports to popular literature, municipal archives, photographs, and urban planning documents, Devienne argues that the spectacular rise of Los Angeles in the postwar era hinged on the transformation of the city’s beaches from relatively untouched natural spaces into artificial playgrounds for the wealthy.