Celebrating Four Years… and Counting!

Editor’s note: It’s EHN’s four-year anniversary this week! Like in previous years, we’ll be celebrating all week long by featuring new and exciting work every day to mark the occasion. But first, a word from our founder, Elizabeth Hameeteman.

What a year.

EHN is one thing that has kept me going.

For the past year, EHN has continued to feature work from graduate students and early career scholars who identify as women, trans and/or non binary people from around the world, in different languages, and representing work from various fields. Our hope is that EHN serves as a multi-faceted snapshot of what environmental history is and can be, as experienced by this group of scholars working in and around the field at large.

Excitingly, EHN won the 2022 Public Outreach Project Award of the American Society for Environmental History (ASEH) earlier this year. We’re so proud of this recognition and grateful to our contributors for having been willing to share their work on EHN and to all of those who have supported this space.

As always, I would like to express my gratitude to the incredible EHN team who has helped along the way.

First of all, I would like to give a shout-out to Nicole Welk-Joerger and Shelby Brewster who decided to move on from their positions earlier this year. Thank you again for everything.

Their departure meant we welcomed two new people to the team: Ramya Swayamprakash stepped into Nicole’s shoes as our Tools for Change editor and Genie Yoo filled up the content editor position left by Shelby.

In addition, Emma Moesswilde joined the team as our new outreach coordinator and focused first on creating a podcast as part of a wider effort to expand EHN’s reach in new and exciting ways. Natalie Wilkinson volunteered to help out with turning this idea into reality, and together they have been working on the podcast all summer long – and we’re set to launch this week 👀

One of my goals for the next year is to make EHN less dependent on my personal involvement, so that the platform can continue to grow and thrive for years to come. In order to help make that happen, Diana Valencia and Ramya Swayamprakash will start as our new assistant executive editors.

This anniversary week also marks a few more changes to the team. Asmae Ourkiya has started working as a review editor alongside Aly Kreikemeier and Emily Webster. In order to fill up the space left by Diana and Asmae, we now welcome Lívia Regina Batista, Trang Dang, and Anna Guasco as new content editors. Together with Anastasia Day, Evelyn Ramiel, Natascha Otoya, and Genie Yoo, they will work with contributors in getting their drafts ready for publication and act as their first point of contact. Hopefully all these changes will help divide the workload a little better (especially when things get busy). Of course, the team would not be complete without Lindsay Marshall, who will continue to serve as EHN’s Community Coordinator.

I am grateful to all team members for their continued commitment and being willing to invest their time and energy into EHN on an all-volunteer basis. I certainly hope that EHN will be able to provide each team member with some form of financial compensation at one point. It’s a big one – but maybe putting it out into the world will be a small step towards making it happen.

Last but not least, a big thanks to our readers who continue to share and support EHN’s mission. Here’s to many more years to come!

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[*Cover image description: A close-up of colorful confetti falling down with a teal background.]