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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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 Visiting Assistant Professor in the Science, Technology, and Society Department at the Rochester Institute of Technology. She works at the interface of ecology, modern environmental history, and animal studies—her current research project is on the development of wildlife birth control technologies. Kaitlin teaches undergraduate courses on the environmental history of the Laurentian Great Lakes region, as well as core and survey classes in environmental studies and conservation. Previously, she 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.
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.
Lindsay E. Marshall
Lindsay E. Marshall is EHN’s Outreach Coordinator. After eleven years as a high school history teacher, she’s a doctoral candidate at the University of Oklahoma where she studies the connection between public memory, K-12 education, Native history, and the history of the horse in the American West. Her MA work at Stanford University focused on German public memory about the Holocaust through film. Linsday’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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.