Alexandra (Ali) Straub is a doctoral candidate in Temple University’s History Department, and a Beckman dissertation fellow at the Science History Institute in Philadelphia. She is interested in the intersection of environment, technology, and culture. Her dissertation explores the history of both industrial and domestic water softening. An exploration of water softening illuminates the regularity and uniformity of environmental control in some unsuspected spaces—like the belly of locomotive, a boiler, or a woman’s washtub. Her dissertation also aims to center women in the history of environmental management and the production of certain environmental knowledge.
Alexia Shellard just got her PhD degree in Social History at Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ). Her thesis, titled “Living in the frontier: environmental and social changes in Brazilian wilderness at the border with Bolívia (1881-1912),” explores the conflicts between modern enterprises and native population in the transition from the nineteenth- to the twentieth century. She received a scholarship from Coordenação de Aperfeiçoamento de Pessoal de Nível Superior throughtout her entire research. Alexia’s research interests includes the intersections of race, gender, and environment. She holds a BA in Geography from Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio de Janeiro (PUC-Rio) as well as a Master’s Degree in Geography from Universidade do Estado do Rio de Janeiro (UERJ). Alexia has taught Geography at both at The British School in Rio de Janeiro and UNICOM. She currently works as curator for Brazilian books collections for universities in United States, Europe, and Asia.
Alice Would is a PhD candidate at the Universities of Bristol and Exeter, in the UK. Her PhD explores Victorian taxidermy production by tracking the flow of animal bodies which supplied the taxidermy trade, from kill-site to museum. She is interested in materiality, transformation and decay, and the relationship between dead animal skins, lively insects, and human intent. More generally, she applies approaches from environmental and animal histories. Alice is also the postgraduate officer for Bristol’s Centre for Environmental Humanities.
Alison Laurence is a doctoral candidate at MIT in the interdisciplinary History, Anthropology, and Science, Technology, and Society (HASTS) program. Informed by work experience in history and natural history museums, her research explores how material relics of the planetary past, and prehistoric animals in particular, are transformed into cultural artifacts and function as historically situated artifacts. She is currently completing her dissertation, “A Conservative History of Deep Time: Learning from Extinct Animals in the Modern United States,” with support from the National Academy of Education and Spencer Foundation. Her collaborative work has appeared in the History of Anthropology Newsletter and Anthropocene Curriculum. Prior to doctoral research, Alison earned a BA in Classics from Brown University and an MA in History and Public History from the University of New Orleans.
Alyssa Kreikemeier is one of EHN’s Content Editors. Prior to beginning her doctoral study in American Studies at Boston University, she worked in educational programming, research, and non-profit environments. Alyssa also holds an Ed.M. with concentrations in engaged research and intercultural exchange from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Her current research explores the historical development of air in the North American West, drawing upon cultural landscape studies, public history, and Native American and Indigenous Studies.
Dr. Amanda Lewis-Nang’ea is a Visiting Assistant Professor at SUNY-Geneseo in the History Department. She works at the convergence of environmental history, the history of science, and African history, incorporating conservation, social science, and animal studies into her work on African environments. Her book project focuses on the history of Maasai pastoralism, wildlife conservation, field science, and development in Kenya. Amanda has also conducted research in Madagascar.
Amelia Brackett works to connect academic and public history for public education and environmental protection. Her dissertation research at the University of Colorado, Boulder explores places where wildlife and humans share space such as the mountain towns of Colorado. Other recent projects include the story of neighborhood activism in the face of postwar deindustrialization in Chicago, the history of apple trees as an economic resource and a source of identity for the Boulder Apple Tree Project, and historic preservation for the city of Louisville, CO.
Anastasia Day is a history doctoral candidate and Hagley Scholar in Capitalism, Technology, and Culture at the University of Delaware. She identifies as a historian of environment, technology, business, and society, themes that collide uniquely in food. Her dissertation is entitled “Productive Plots: Nature, Nation, and Industry in the Victory Gardens of the U.S. World War II Home Front.”
Anna S. Antonova works at the intersection between environmental
humanities and critical policy studies to research contemporary social
and environmental change in Europe. She is currently Researcher in
Residence at the Rachel Carson Center / LMU Munich, while also finishing
her doctoral studies at the University of Leeds, where she was a Marie
Sklodowska-Curie doctoral research fellow. Her dissertation compared the
crises and contestations faced by communities living on the Yorkshire
North Sea and Bulgarian Black Sea coasts.
Anna Kramer is a PhD student in the Department of History at the University of Colorado Boulder. She studies 20th-century U.S. environmental history, with a particular interest in the intersections of public lands, outdoor recreation, and Native Americans. Originally from Cooperstown, New York, she completed her BA in Environmental Analysis at Pomona College and worked for the National Wildlife Federation and the American Alpine Club before beginning graduate school.
Anna Townhill is a MA student at the University of Exeter (Cornwall), studying International Heritage Management and Consultancy. She graduated from the University of Exeter with a BA degree in English Literature. Currently refining her specific focus, her interests can be broadly summarised as the overlap of heritage, environment, and literature. Anna is particularly interested in Victorian writings, North American indigenous cultures, rewilding, and the potential of heritage in environmental education. She enjoys the literary landscapes of the British Isles, bushcraft, and outdoor education.
Ayushi Dhawan is a doctoral candidate at the Rachel Carson Center / LMU Munich, Germany. She is a part of DFG Emmy-Noether Research Group “Hazardous Travels: Ghost Acres and the Global Waste Economy.” Her dissertation research explores India’s shipbreaking business in Alang, Gujarat, its environmental impact(s), and the motivations behind this transboundary movement of toxic waste since the 1980s. Before beginning her doctoral study, Ayushi completed her BA Hons. and MA in History from the University of Delhi in 2014. She then joined the Foundation Year at the University of Leiden in 2014-2015, supported by the ENCOMPASS Scholarship. In 2017, she earned her Research Master’s degree in Colonial and Global History.
Dr. Baijayanti Chatterjee completed her PhD at Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), New Delhi in 2018. Her research, broadly, is on the environmental history of eighteenth-century Bengal, and attempts to explore how political and economic developments shaped its ecology. Baijayanti received a Master’s degree in Medieval History from Jawaharlal Nehru University, and obtained her Bachelor’s degree from Presidency College Kolkata. She was also a Charles Wallace Fellow to London in 2016. Baijayanti is currently employed as an Assistant Professor in the Department of History, Seth Anandram Jaipuria College, Kolkata. Her publications include “A Communication Network in Transition: The Case of the Dawk-Chaukis in Eighteenth Century Bengal,” published in the Calcutta Historical Journal, and “Rivers of Bengal: The Role of the Fluvial Network in the Development of the Regional Economy” in the Internal Journal of Humanities and Social Sciences.
Dr. Bathsheba Demuth is an Assistant Professor of History and Environment and Society at Brown University, where she teaches courses in environmental history, energy history, and animal history. Her research focuses on the lands and seas of the Russian and North American Arctic, an interest that began when she was 18 and moved to the village of Old Crow in the Yukon Territory. For over two years, she mushed huskies, hunted caribou, fished for salmon, tracked bears, and otherwise learned to survive in the taiga and tundra. In the years since, she has visited Arctic communities across Eurasia and North America, exploring how the histories of people, ideas, places, and non-human species intersect. Her first book, titled Floating Coast: An Environmental History of the Bering Strait, is forthcoming from W.W. Norton in August 2019. Demuth has a BA and MA from Brown University, and completed her PhD in History from the University of California at Berkeley in 2016.
Camille Cole is a PhD candidate in History at Yale University, focusing on the histories of property and technology in nineteenth-century Iraq and Iran. Her dissertation explores how elites in late Ottoman Basra manipulated state tools and vocabularies to accumulate land. Wealthy land owners and tax farmers, responding to Ottoman regulation and the expansion of export-oriented production, combined land reclamation in the southern Iraqi marshlands with usurious futures contracts, fraudulent land deeds, and illegal border-crossing, among other strategies. Camille holds a BA from Pomona College and an MPhil from the University of Cambridge. Her work has been published in the Journal of Social History, Middle Eastern Studies, and South Asian History and Culture.
Originally from South Carolina, Caroline Grego is a PhD candidate in History at the University of Colorado Boulder, with a focus on the histories of race and racism, labor, and the environment of the American South. She currently has a Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellowship for her dissertation, “Hurricane of the New South: Disruption, Dispossession, and the Great Sea Island Storm of 1893,” which uses the deadly hurricane to expose political, demographic, economic, and environmental changes in South Carolina at the dawn of Jim Crow. Caroline writes more about South Carolina over at Erstwhile, an American history blog.
Carrie Alexander is a PhD Candidate in U.S. and Environmental History at University of California, Davis completing a dissertation entitled “Buying Time: Patience, Negotiation, and Justice in San Francisco, 1850-1860.” Her dissertation examines the transformation of patience from a performative virtue of waiting and self-denial to a strategic, often manipulative, use of timing through delay, procrastination, lurking, stalking, seizure, suddenness, and emergency in property negotiations and tax deadlines, and in plotting crime, fraud, and violence. In addition to environmental history, her work considers property, gender, religion, and business strategy, innovation, and ethics, and also includes computational data analysis of criminal statistics for San Francisco from 1850-1860. Carrie has been a long-term member and supporter of the UC Davis Environments and Societies colloquium, and is currently employed as a public scholar, historian, and community liaison with the Delta Protection Commisison, an agency of the state of California. She was a Mellon Public Scholar in 2018 and 2019, and is also a private consultant in design and marketing. Prior to beginning her Ph.D. program at Davis, Carrie worked for ten years in web design and print publications for several large corporations, state organizations, and non-profits on the east coast. Originally from the Midwest and Colorado, she moved to Davis with her young daughter in 2012 where they enjoy hiking, gardening, and dreaming together.
Charlotte Leib holds a dual-Masters degree in Landscape Architecture and the History and Philosophy of Design and Media from Harvard University, and a Bachelor of Arts in Architecture from Princeton University. Her work focuses on the intersections of landscape, science, technology, and politics in the US and Europe during the 19th and 20th centuries.
Delia Byrnes is a PhD candidate in the Department of English at the University of Texas at Austin. Her dissertation, titled Refining America: Energy, Infrastructure, and Environmental Art in the U.S. Gulf Coast examines petrocultures in contemporary fiction, photography, film, and visual culture. Her work has appeared in The Global South and the E3W Review of Books. Delia is the 2018-2020 Mentorship and Advocacy Chair of the Society for the Study of Southern Literature’s Emerging Scholars Organization, where she collaborates with her fellow Executive Council members to develop resources, platforms, and community-based projects for graduate students and junior scholars.
Diana Maria Valencia Duarte
Diana Maria Valencia Duarte is a PhD Candidate in History at the University of Exeter, UK. Her research is an environmental history of food security and food sovereignty in the Colombian peasant landscape, reviewing impacts on food culture and agroecosystems resulting from the practical resolution of Agrarian Reforms and counter-reforms. Her fieldwork focused on gathering environmental living memory in three regions: Los Montes de Maria, the Coffee Axis and Santurban moorlands. A Colombian herself, Diana is a multidisciplinary investigation, combining rural studies and food security theory with environmental history methods, aiming for practical impact and to inform food production debates. She makes the case for communities and their territories by giving voice to the peasantry as subject and agents of their own history.
Ela Miljkovic is a doctoral candidate in Latin American History, and studies the environmental consequences of urbanizing and industrializing twentieth-century Mexico City. She is also trained in Public History and has written about the power of place in historic Houston, Texas neighborhoods undergoing gentrification. Ela holds a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish Literature and Latin American Studies from the College of Idaho.
Eline D. Tabak
Eline D. Tabak is a doctoral candidate at the Rachel Carson Center / LMU Munich. Her research interests can be described as applying interdisciplinary approaches to explore creative practices on and narrative responses to environmental issues. She holds an MA (by research) in Comparative Literary Studies from the Universities of Utrecht and Amsterdam. In her dissertation on creative and scientific narratives of insect declines, she bridges approaches of extinction studies and animal studies, bringing ecocriticism to insect life.
Eliza Williamson is a cultural anthropologist who studies reproductive health care and disability in Brazil. Her first book manuscript tracks the implementation of maternal and infant health policy that seeks to “humanize” childbirth during a time of economic, political, and public health crisis. Her current research project attends to questions of care, disability, and the body in Zika’s aftermath. She lived in Salvador, Bahia from 2015 to 2019, where she conducted her dissertation fieldwork. Eliza is currently a Postdoctoral Fellow in Latin American Studies at Washington University in St. Louis.
Elizabeth Hameeteman is EHN’s Executive Editor and Founder. She’s a doctoral candidate in History at Boston University, focusing on sustainable development, environmental law and policy, and all things water. Elizabeth holds a LL.B. from InHolland University of Applied Sciences in Rotterdam, a BA in American Studies from the University of Groningen, and a MA in American Studies from Utrecht University. Besides having experience as a legal officer at a municipality in the Netherlands, she also worked on projects in fundraising, sustainability, and wider environmental issues at several non-profit organizations geared towards international development and advocacy in Brussels, Utrecht, Amsterdam, and Boston.
Emily Webster is one of EHN’s Content Editors. She’s a PhD Candidate in Environmental History at the University of Chicago, and her work focuses on the relationship between environment and disease in the 19th century British Empire, and intersects with the history of science and medicine; public health and disease; land use change, ecology, and climate change; and the Anthropocene. Emily is currently serving as a mentorship officer for the History of Science Society and conducting research in India and the UK for her dissertation project, entitled “Diseased Landscapes: Land Use Change and Emerging Epidemics in the British Empire, 1837-1914.”
Evelyn Ramiel is a PhD candidate in the environmental history of Japan at York University. Xeir research focuses on “optical” history—animation studies, photographic representations of nature, microscopy, the politics of queer and trans visibility, the influence of nonhuman microscopic organisms in human bodies—and weird, intimate stories xey find in the archive. Evelyn has also worked on public history walking tours for the city of Grand Rapids, Michigan. Xey’ll figure out a dissertation topic someday.
Hannah Palsa is a lifelong resident of Indianapolis, IN. She graduated from Purdue University with a BA in History and a minor in English Literature in 2014. She graduated from Northern Illinois University in 2018 with her MA in History, concentrating on twentieth-century animal history, with an additional focus on hunting history and animal conservation. Hannah’s research is concentrated on the Dogs for Defense program of World War II and the K9 Corps. She is the first historian to study the Dogs for Defense program in depth, and just began her PhD at Kansas State University. She is owned by a very spoiled cat named Smokey.
Heather Green is an environmental and Indigenous historian interested in resource development and industrialization, mining, health, environmental tourism, sport hunting, identity, and gender. She is currently a post-doctoral fellow with the Wilson Institute in Canadian History at McMaster University. Heather studies transnational tourism in the Yukon, specifically the rise of sport hunting and conservation policy and Indigenous engagement in the industry. She is also a Fulbright Canada scholar with the University of Arizona examining coal mining and economic relief among the Navajo in Arizona from 1950 to 2000. Heather is this year’s New Scholars representative for the Network in Canadian History and Environment (NiCHE).
Dr. Jackie M.M. Gonzales works as a research historian with Historical Research Associates, Inc. (HRA), where she writes administrative histories, conducts oral histories, researches in support of environmental litigation, and curates interpretive exhibits. Outside of her work at HRA, Jackie is completing a book manuscript based on her dissertation, “Coastal Parks for a Metropolitan Nation: How Postwar Politics Shaped America’s Shores.”
Jessica M. DeWitt
Dr. Jessica M. DeWitt is a historian of Canadian and American environmental history and the social media editor for the Network in Canadian History and Environment (NiCHE).
Jessica S. Samuel
Jessica S. Samuel is a PhD candidate in the American & New England Studies Program at Boston University. She holds a BA in both Anthropology and African American Studies from Wesleyan University, where she received the Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship, and a Master in Education from the University of Missouri-St. Louis. Jessica has taught high school English and Writing. She is also an appointed member of the Racial Imbalance Advisory Council for the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. Currently, her research interests include the intersections of public education, race, and colonialism throughout the United States. Jessica’s dissertation, entitled From Virgin Land to Virgin Islands: Conserving “America’s Paradise,” explores the confluence of public education causes, National Park conservation objectives, and U.S imperialism on the island of St. John.
Dr. Juliet Larkin-Gilmore holds a PhD in History from Vanderbilt University. Her research and teaching interests cluster around American Indian history, medicine and health, the U.S. West, and mobility. Her book manuscript, Native Health on the Move: Public Health and Assimilation on the Lower Colorado River, examines Mohave mobility, health landscapes on the Lower Colorado River, and the contradictions between public health policies and federal attempts to annihilate Native cultures in the United States in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.
Juniper Lewis is a doctoral student in Anthropology. Their research explores the relationship between humans and the environment by examining how people practice and learn ecotheology in United Methodist summer camps—leading them to take a critical look at the intersections of colonialism, race, gender and religion. As a nonbinary trans anthropologist in religious spaces, they are also interested in the queer church movement across denominations.
Kaitlin Stack Whitney
Dr. Kaitlin Stack Whitney is a new Assistant Professor in Science, Technology, and Society at the Rochester Institute of Technology in Rochester, NY. She received her PhD from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and was active in the Center for Culture, History, and Environment as well as the Holtz Center for Science and Technology Studies. Previously, she also worked for the US Environmental Protection Agency Office of Pesticides and, before that, as part of the US Department of Agriculture Farmer to Farmer program in Eastern Europe. She lives in a bilingual American Sign Language / English household.
Kat Boniface is a PhD Candidate at the University of California, Riverside, studying early modern horses and horsemanship. Her dissertation addresses pre-modern definitions of breed and methods of producing horses. She earned her MA in Medieval History from California State
University, Fresno in 2015 and BA in History and English from Stony Brook University, in New York, in 2013. Prior to returning to academics, Kat earned a trade degree in horse training from Meredith Manor International Equestrian Centre, and remains involved in the equine industry. Research areas include medieval and early modern equine nutrition, changing definitions of “humane” treatment in animal training, and genetic history.
Kathryn (Kate) B. Carpenter is an M.A. student in History at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, and received a Bachelor of Journalism degree from the University of Missouri-Columbia. Her research interests include environmental history, history of science, medicine, and technology, gender, and the American West. Her thesis explores the connection between health and public land policy at the Government Free Bathhouse in Hot Springs, Arkansas. Kate just started in the History PhD program at Princeton University.
Katie Schroeder is a PhD candidate at Case Western Reserve University working at the cross-sections of medical and environmental history. Her current research project unpacks an all-but-forgotten public health crisis in the mid-nineteenth century that shaped early American perceptions of nuisance law, health and property rights, and the unequal distribution of harms. Examining quarantine as infrastructure, she underscores the influence of local politics, urban development, and changing spatial dynamics in the New York Harbor. Other research interests include death studies, historical geography, and bioethics.
Katrin Kleemann is a doctoral candidate at the Rachel Carson Center / LMU Munich in Germany, she studies environmental history and geology. Her doctoral project titled “A Mist Connection” investigates the Icelandic Laki fissure eruption of 1783 and its impacts on the northern hemisphere. She holds a master’s degree in early modern history and a bachelor’s degree in history and cultural anthropology. Katrin receives a fellowship from the Andrea von Braun Foundation, which supports interdisciplinary research. She also is the social media editor for the Climate History Network and HistoricalClimatology.com.
Katy Kole de Peralta
Dr. Katy Kole de Peralta is an assistant professor of history at Idaho State University. Her research integrates the history of medicine and environment on early-modern Iberia and Peru to 1) capture the intrinsic, and historical relationship between environment and health in urban areas; 2) demonstrate the evolution of health as a fluid, changing concept depending on the social and cultural context within which it was produced; and 3) use the digital humanities and open-access platforms to make enviro-health history accessible to English- and Spanish-speaking audiences.
Keri Lambert is a social and environmental historian of colonial and post-colonial Africa and a PhD Candidate in History at Yale University. Her current research examines the history of Ghana’s rubber industry from ~1880 to the present. Keri’s dissertation addresses questions around borderlands and belonging, economic development and imagined sovereignties, discourses of development, and more. Since 2013, she has conducted extensive archival, oral historical, and participant observation research in Ghana, the United States, and the United Kingdom on this topic, and has also worked and conducted research in Sierra Leone, Uganda, Tanzania, and Ethiopia.
Kim Webb is a MA student at Villanova University, studying European History. She is an alumna of Saint Louis University, where she received a Bachelor degree in History and Italian Studies. Her research interests are in the broad intersections of disease, gender, and religion in the High to Late Middle Ages, including the history of the body and the history of death. Kim plans to use material, print, and visual culture to explore disease’s influence on culture from a gendered and religious (particularly Jewish and Catholic) perspective.
Kristen Carey is a PhD candidate in History at Boston University. She studies ideas and interventions surrounding population change in Africa. Her fieldwork and dissertation research focus on population policy in post-independence Tanzania. Prior to graduate school, Kristen received BAs in Philosophy and Political Science from the University of Montana.
Kyuhyun Han is a PhD Candidate in the History Department at UC Santa Cruz. She studies human-animal relations in modern Chinese history, specifically focusing on the history of the People’s Republic of China. Kyuhyun is currently working on the bureaucratic management of forestry, wildlife conservation, and center-periphery relations in Northeast China from 1949 to present, viewing the forest as a site of complicated relationships between the central government, the local government, local ethnic minorities, and the indigenous environment.
Dr. Letisha Engracia Cardoso Brown is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology at Virginia Tech University. She completed her doctoral degree in Sociology at the University of Texas at Austin in 2018. Her research focuses on the intersection of race, class, and gender with respect to media representations of black female athletes as well as social relationships and food practices. Specifically, she has studied media representations of athletes such as Caster Semenya and Serena Williams in academic as well as public spaces—including The Shadow League. Letisha’s dissertation focused on the impact of social relationships (e.g. romantic, religious, and work relationships) and overeating, healthy eating, and food choices among college-educated black and white adults. Her current research includes representations of Black female athletes, in addition to the study of exercise and food habits among Black women. In her free time, she loves to cook, read (especially African-futurism), and travel. You can find her work in the South African Review of Sociology and the Palgrave Handbook of Feminism and Sport, Leisure and Physical Education.
A fronteriza with deep ties on both sides of the border, Ligia Arguilez is a PhD student in the Borderlands History program at the University of Texas, El Paso. She studies the U.S.-Mexico borderlands through culture and the environment. Her dissertation focuses on the human-plant relationship between the dominant desert shrub— the creosote bush— and the diverse peoples of the region over centuries. Her research reveals the plant’s ties to paradigms of progress and modernity, identity, memory, ecosensorial attachments to place, land use patterns, and perceptions of the arid North American deserts. Ligia is currently creating an oral history archive of people-plant histories from the U.S.-Mexico border. Her undergraduate research was on barbed wire and the incarceration of Mexican nationals in the U.S. at Mexican internment camps along the border in 1913-1914.
Lindsay E. Marshall
Dr. Lindsay E. Marshall is EHN’s Outreach Coordinator. She’s a Chancellor’s Postdoctoral Fellow in American Indian Studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and holds a PhD in History from the University of Oklahoma and an MA in Liberal Arts from Stanford University. Lindsay studies the connection between public memory, K-12 education, Native history, and the history of the horse in the American West. Lindsay’s scholarship seeks to re-center Native people and Native history in North America’s historical narratives and public memory. She also serves as social media director for Natsu Puuku, a program dedicated to preserving wild horses and teaching Comanche horsemanship in Oklahoma.
Lindsay Wells is a PhD candidate in Art History at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the 2019-2020 Chester Dale Fellow in the Department of European Paintings at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Her dissertation explores how art and horticulture transformed environmental thought in nineteenth-century Britain, with a focus on houseplant gardening and the British Aesthetic Movement. Her work has appeared in Victorian Studies, and she has received support for her research from the Huntington Library, the Winterthur Museum, and the Oak Spring Garden Foundation.
Dr. Lisa FitzGerald is based in the English Department at Université Nice Sophia Antipolis. She is an environmental historian, ecocritic, and arts researcher whose interests include environmental art practice, theatre and performance, new materialist theory, and the relationship between environmental and digital aesthetics. She holds a PhD from the National University of Ireland, Galway and has completed postdoctoral fellowships at the Centre de Recherche Breton et Celtic (CRBC), Université Rennes 2 and the Rachel Carson Center / LMU Munich.
Lorena Campuzano Duque
Lorena Campuzano Duque is a doctoral candidate in History at Binghamton University. Her research examines ecological relationships and environmental change associated with the entrance of foreign gold mining companies during the late nineteenth and early twentieth century in Antioquia, Colombia. Her research looks at how gold structured ecological relations in the region of Northeast Antioquia by analyzing gold mining’s signatures on the landscape, labor structures, and social arrangements. Second, Lorena’s project analyzes the social impact of mining in Northeast Antioquia and how the spatial signatures of gold mining affected daily lives and communities. Finally, her research historicizes the role of nature in mining, analyzing how unexpected conditions of this ecology such as anomalous climate, disease, types of soil, and geology affected and were affected by the industry.
Luísa Reis-Castro is a PhD candidate in the History, Anthropology, and Science, Technology, and Society (HASTS) program at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). She is currently writing her dissertation on new technologies for controlling mosquito-borne diseases, as a window into science and public health policies in Brazil. She has conducted fieldwork on three projects in different Brazilian cities (Recife, Rio de Janeiro, and Foz do Iguaçu) that attempt to use the mosquito as means of controlling viruses it is known to transmit. She examines these projects to investigate how practices, materials, and knowledges are borrowed, transformed, combined, interpreted, and reconfigured to define scales of action in the service of researching, testing, and implementing disease responses.
In an effort to develop an historically-informed critical theory of the relationship between health, the environment, and mosquitoes, Luísa has collaborated with historian Gabriel Lopes on a book chapter analyzing the historical trajectory of the Aedes aegypti mosquito in Brazil. Considering three epidemic moments (yellow fever, dengue, and Zika), they show how, over more than one hundred years, the mosquito has been a vector that has carried not only three epidemiologically-distinct viruses, but also very different political desires, struggles, and debates.
Lucía Díez Sanjuan
Lucía has a background in Economics, Philosophy, and Anthropology. She completed her PhD in Economic History at the University of Barcelona, carrying out research on the historical transformation of a Mediterranean agroecosystem from a sociometabolic perspective. Her academic interests include environmental history, ecological economics, sustainable development, agroecology, and biocultural heritage.
Dr. Mica Jorgenson is an environmental historian and a post-doctoral fellow at the Sherman Centre for Digital Scholarship at McMaster University. Broadly, her work involves primary resource communities, environmental change, and adaption. Her last major research project examined the transnational environmental history of the 1909 Porcupine Gold Rush in northern Ontario, Canada. Mica argues that large-scale historical processes from major gold-mining zones in Australia, Canada, Mexico, New Zealand, South Africa, and the United States shaped industrialization in Ontario mines. More recently, she has been exploring the transnational history of wildfire smoke and its impacts on distant urban communities.
Nicole Tu-Maung is a faculty member at the Parami Institute of Liberal Arts and Sciences in Yangon, Myanmar. Her academic interests include human-ecological systems, political ecology, and wildlife management. In 2019, she earned her MS in Environment and Resources from the University of Madison-Wisconsin. Her Master’s thesis examined the role of the occult in influencing human-animal relations, land use, and economic development through the lens of contemporary Buddhist traditions in Myanmar. Previously, Nicole completed her BS in Environmental Science and Sustainability at Cornell University, and worked as a research assistant in the Department of Natural Resources. She also uses creative writing and fine arts to express her research and ideas.
Nicole Welk-Joerger is a doctoral candidate in the University of Pennsylvania’s History and Sociology of Science department. She investigates historical and ethnographic moments when issues of human and animal health meet. Nicole is currently writing a dissertation that uses the history of animal nutrition science and the animal feed industry to understand current political debates about human, animal, and environmental health.
Ramya Swayamprakash is a doctoral candidate in the Department of History at Michigan State University where she takes dredging and tea very seriously. Her doctoral project explores the origins, motivations, and effects of dredging in the Detroit River between 1865 and 1930, and attempts to offer a new analytical lens by thinking about dredging as a historical, material, and ecological process. Ramya feels passionate about public history—for one, she is currently interning at the Michigan History Center as part of the State Parks Centennial celebrating a hundred years of Michigan’s state parks. She conducted archival research, and also collaborated on interpreting and visualizing that research into exhibition material that was rolled out in summer 2019. Ramya comes to history from an interdisciplinary background in Journalism, Political Science, Science-Policy Studies and Urban Design. In a former life, she studied dams, engineers, and fish in modern India.
Ramya K. Tella is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Geography at King’s College London. Their dissertation explores the linkages between territory and the civic epistemologies of climate change in India, and makes use of ideas of performance in environmental politics. Ramya’s research interests include postcolonial STS, enviro-legal geographies and cultural histories of sport. Some of their recent work has involved studying the role of emotions in environmental narratives, and creating accessible and inclusive visual stories about climate change.
Rebecca H. Bond
Rebecca H. Bond (formerly Bond Costa) earned her doctorate from Louisiana State University in 2016. She specializes in environmental history and environmental policy, with a particular interest in land- and water use practices. She has published with OHA’s Process blog and Southern Cultures, and she is currently working on a manuscript for the University Press of Mississippi that examines policies related to Louisiana’s coastal erosion crisis. In addition to her writings, Rebecca has also presented at numerous conferences, including the annual meetings of the Louisiana Historical Association and the Louisiana Studies Symposium. Finally, she has extensive instructional experience at state universities and community colleges and has taught classes on US history, Western Civilization, World War II, and environmentalism in the United States.
Rebecca Le Get
Rebecca Le Get is an environmental historian and ecologist, currently focusing on how the grounds of tuberculosis sanatoria in south-eastern Australia were used. She is particularly interested in how and why these landholdings frequently became nature conservation reserves in the later 20th century. Rebecca is currently completing her PhD in History at La Trobe University, in Melbourne, Australia.
Rina Garcia Chua
Rina Garcia Chua is currently taking up her PhD in Interdisciplinary Studies at the University of British Columbia Okanagan, where she is pursuing a project on “The Ecological Literacy of a Migrant Ecocriticism,” a cross-cultural analysis of Canadian and Filipinx ecopoetry that provides a literacy to trace transnational knowledges of identity, environments, and ecologies in migrant, settler, and indigenous citizenships. Her most recent publications are a book chapter entitled “The Germination of Ecological Literacy in a Third World Nation” in Environment and Pedagogy in Higher Education with Lexington Books, and a book review entitled “The Precarity of Energy Security and Environmental Activism in Southeast Asia” with the Asia-Pacific Social Science Review. She is also the editor of Sustaining the Archipelago: An Anthology of Philippine Ecopoetry, which was published by the University of Santo Tomas Publishing House in 2018 and was nominated for the National Book Award category of Best Anthology in English.
Dr. Roberta Biasillo is an environmental historian currently working at the Environmental Humanities Laboratory, Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, and affiliated with the University of Roma 3. She is part of a FORMAS (Swedish Research Council for Sustainable Development) project on climate change, conducting research on fascist colonial ecologies, particularly in North Africa. Roberta has been a fellow at the Rachel Carson Center for Environmentand Society in Munich, and a visiting scholar at the KTH Environmental Humanities Laboratory with a project on a nineteenth-century Italian floods and the analysis of related intervention policy and practice. She holds a PhD in Early Modern and Modern European History from the University of Bari, Italy. Her doctoral dissertation explored the interaction between forests and modernisation in Italy in the nineteenth century. Roberta’s research areas cover political ecology and environmental humanities, and also include property regimes, territorial and forest issues, and natural disasters.
Ruby Turok-Squire is studying for an MA in English and Drama at the University of Warwick, where she holds the Performance and Pedagogy Bursary. She studied English Literature and Composition at Oberlin College and Conservatory. In 2015, she was awarded a Watson Fellowship to research the music of animals. Ruby’s first collection of poetry, The Phantom Fundamental, was published in 2017. Her poems have appeared in The Antigonish Review, Canadian Literature, Fugue, The Fortnightly Review, and The Music Times.
Samantha Clarke is a doctoral candidate in History at McMaster University. Her dissertation examines how the fight against poliomyelitis fit into international and transnational relations between divided Germany, the USA, and the USSR between 1947 and 1965. “Medical relations” is a newer field in international relations, exposing the ways in which politics and ideology permeate supposedly “neutral” areas such as science and healthcare, and looks forward to contributing to this discussion. In her free time, Sam grows too many plants and feeds them to her rabbit.
Sarah Pickman is a PhD Candidate in History, in the Program in History of Science and Medicine, at Yale University. Her research considers the material culture of exploration and field science in the late nineteenth- and early twentieth centuries with a focus on quotidien expedition gear such as clothing, food, first aid kits, and tents. She is interested in how these and other mundane items have acted as cultural mediators and embodiments of Western colonialism, and have shaped travelers’ physical and emotional experiences of place, particularly in regions commonly referred to as “extreme environments.” Her essay on clothing for polar expeditions at the turn of the twentieth century appeared in the catalogue for the exhibition Expedition: Fashion from the Extreme (Museum at FIT/Thames & Hudson, 2017), and her writing has appeared in digital publications such as Cosmologics, Somatosphere, History of Anthropology Review, and the Journal of the History of Ideas blog. Sarah’s work has been supported by grants and fellowships from the American Geographical Society, the Hagley Museum and Library, and the MacMillan Center at Yale University.
Saskia Brill is a doctoral student at the Rachel Carson Centre for Environment and Society in Munich. She studied social and cultural anthropology, economics, and communication at LMU Munich and the Université Laval, Québec. She is primarily interested in the interplay of economic and cultural aspects of human-environment relationships. In her current research project, she looks at the local effects of carbon offset markets with a focus on land use strategies and forestal carbon storage projects. The research was mainly conducted on Heiltsuk territory at Canadas Pacific coast.
Shelby Brewster is a doctoral candidate and Mellon Predoctoral Fellow in Theatre and Performance Studies at the University of Pittsburgh. She is currently completing her dissertation, titled “Planetary Praxes: Performance Under Climate Crises,” which explores the multiplicity of ways the relationship between the human and nonhuman is performed in light of ecological emergency. Her work has been published in The Journal of American Drama and Theatre, Foundation: The International Journal of Science Fiction, and Theatre Journal.
Dr. Simone Schleper is a postdoctoral researcher in History and STS at Maastricht University. For her current project, she researches scientific and popular approaches to understanding and managing animal migration in the context of twentieth-century processes of globalization. Since she obtained her PhD in early 2017, Simone has held teaching, research and managing positions at the University College Maastricht, the Leibniz Institute of European History, Mainz, and the University Library, Maastricht. Her recent book Planning for the Planet discusses the politics of expertise in international environmental organizations of the postwar period.
Dr. Sofía Mercader completed her PhD in Hispanic Studies at the University of Warwick in the United Kingdom in 2018. Her research interests are twentieth-century Argentine and Latin American literature, politics and culture, magazines, and intellectual networks. Her PhD thesis examined the recent history of Argentina’s cultural and political development through the perspective of intellectuals. In particular, it focused on the trajectory of the intellectual cohort grouped around the magazine Punto de Vista (1978-2008), one of the most influential cultural publications in Latin America. Sofía’s is currently working on a postdoctoral proposal about feminism and magazines in Argentina and Mexico during the late-twentieth century as well as on the manuscript of her book Intellectuals in Transitions, based on her PhD dissertation.
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Sofia de la Rosa Solano’s research interests include environmental history, political ecology and environmental justice. More specifically, she’s interested on how inequalities are expressed in both society and space, particularly through water. Sofia first started looking for tolls that would allow her to overcome the harsh division between humanities and natural sciences during her BA in History at the National University of Colombia. After graduating, she worked for institutions in Colombia that had been mostly interested in natural research, like the Alexander von Humboldt Institute for Environmental Research, Bogota’s Botanic Garden and the NGO Tropenbos International. After two years of work experience, Sofia moved to Amsterdam to start her MA in Latin American Studies, where she found the flexibility to adapt the program to her own interests and focus in socio-environmental topics and water studies. She finished this program at the end of 2018. Now she is part of the RECOMS ITN, a Marie Sklodowska Curie (MSCA) Innovative Training Network funded by the European Commission.
Sritama Chatterjee is a PhD student at the Department of English at the University of Pittsburgh. Currently, she is interested in exploring the intersections between Postcolonial Studies and Black Studies by understanding how the tension between water as a material entity and its ordering into spatial forms can help in imagining alternative forms of sovereignty, modernity, and citizenship in the Indian Ocean Rim. Sritama was awarded the Sasakhawa Youth Leader Fellowship (SYLFF 2017) by the Tokyo Foundation for her MPhil thesis, in which she demonstrated how the river Hugli in India, as a fluvial conduit and space, inflict and mediate the ideology of the Empire in the late nineteenth- and early twentieth century in India, particularly focusing on migration, economy, and ecology.
Tamara Fernando is a PhD student at the University of Cambridge working on a multi-sited history of natural pearling in the Indian Ocean across Lower Burma, Ceylon, and the Persian Gulf in the nineteenth century. Her interests include environmental history, oceanic history, and histories of the non-human.
Tanja Riekkinen is a PhD candidate in History at the University of Oulu, Finland. Her dissertation examines sociotechnical imaginaries related to oil in Finland from the 1950s to the first oil crisis in 1973. Her work has received funding from Kone Foundation, Otto A. Malm Foundation, and Kerttu Saalasti Foundation.
Taylor Dysart is a doctoral student in the Department of History and Sociology of Science at the University of Pennsylvania. She is interested in the historical interfaces between popular mental healing, the human sciences, and biomedicine in modern Latin America. Her doctoral thesis examines the role of several plant medicines, derived from vines, leaves, and roots, in orchestrating and destabilizing the complex relationships between popular healers, human scientists, and physicians in twentieth-century Peru.
Tenaya Jorgensen is a PhD candidate at the Trinity Centre for Environmental Humanities in Dublin, Ireland. Her research focuses on Scandinavian activity, movement, and settlement during the early Viking Age, from 790 to 920. Her goal is to collect all contemporary textual and archaeological evidence into a single digital database, which will operate in conjunction with a corresponding GIS metadata map. In this way, Tenaya hopes to create a more complete understanding of how the Viking Phenomenon came about, and how it changed the face of Europe and beyond.
Ximena Sevilla is a doctoral candidate in environmental and Latin American history at the University of Kansas. Her dissertation titled “On the Edge of the Wild: Representations of the Montaña Region of Peru before the Rubber Boom” seeks to explore the historical meanings that indigenous peoples, Spanish conquistadors, missionaries, scientific explorers, and early national elites have ascribed to the montaña region of northern Peru during the colonial period. In tracing these views of the montaña over the long durée, Ximena’s project contributes to the understanding of ways in which the material environment of this montaña region has influenced the social and economic relationship of outsiders and locals, while also considering environmental change as a product of human interventions in this place.