Bathsheba Demuth

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.