The EHN team is made of contributors who volunteered to serve in these capacities.
Alyssa Kreikemeier (she/her) is a review editor for EHN. 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.
Anastasia Day (she/her) is a content editor for EHN. She’s a doctoral candidate in History and Hagley Scholar in Capitalism, Technology, and Culture at the University of Delaware. Anastasia 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.”
Asmae Ourkiya (they/them) is a content editor for EHN. They are a Moroccan environmentalist and human rights activist residing in Cork, Ireland. After securing a Masters degree in Green Cultural Studies, Asmae is currently a PhD candidate and a research and teaching assistant at Mary Immaculate College at the the University of Limerick, Ireland. Their main research interests are queer ecofeminism, social justice, environmental justice, climate change, minority rights, and human rights. Asmae’s dissertation focuses on expanding queer intersectional ecofeminism. With the aim of disseminating their research findings, they are also a freelance journalist who contributed to a number of magazines and online platforms such as RTÉ Brainstorm and The Green News Ireland. They have also been active internationally to support different causes revolving around but not limited to climate justice, minority rights, women’s rights, and LGBTQ rights.
Diana M. Valencia
Diana M. Valencia (she/her) is a content editor for EHN. She 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.
Dr. Elizabeth Hameeteman (she/her) is the executive editor of EHN, and created this platform in 2018. She recentely obtained her PhD in History at Boston University. Her dissertation, titled “Pipe Parity: Desalination, Development, and the Global Quest for Water in the 1950s and 1960s,” explored the role of desalination as a seemingly viable adaptation strategy to reduce the impact of water scarcity and climate variability in the post-WWII period. Originally from the Netherlands and now based in Berlin, Elizabeth has a background in Law and American Studies.
Emily Webster (she/her) is a review editor for EHN, and the editor of our Politics of Nature series. 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 completing her Masters thesis in Public Health Science and her dissertation project, entitled “Diseased Landscapes: Land Use Change and Emerging Epidemics in the British Empire, 1837-1914.”
Evelyn Ramiel (xey/xeir) is a content editor for EHN. After completing an MA at York University about human-microbe relations on Japanese warships, xey are writing a dissertation on the ecological and animal history of Japanese character merchandise, also at York University. On xeir off days, xey create and publish personal zines that range from collage picture books to surrealist visual essays about digital dolphins. Through both the dissertation and personal projects, Evelyn argues that media studies and history need to get weirder and more compassionate if scholars want to reach our readers and students in traumatic times.
Lindsay E. Marshall
Dr. Lindsay E. Marshall (she/her) is EHN’s community ccordinator. 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.
Natascha Otoya (she/her) is a content editor for EHN. She joined the History PhD program at Georgetown University in 2017. Her research focuses on the development of the oil industry in Brazil in the first half of the twentieth century. Natascha is particularly interested in human/nature interactions and how different groups, like politicians and scientists, viewed such interactions. Additionally, her research interests overlap with the field of history of science, as geology is a central element in the search and exploration of petroleum in Brazil, and she hopes to further develop collaborations with this branch of the natural sciences. Before coming to Georgetown, Natascha completed a Master’s degree in Social History at Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ), Brazil. Non-academic interests include cycling, swimming in the ocean, and a new-found love for yoga.
Ramya Swayamprakash (she/her/Amma) is the editor of our Tools for Change series. She’s a doctoral candidate in the Department of History at Michigan State University. An environmental and borderlands historian, Ramya’s research is organized into inquiries about infrastructure and border history with a geographical focus on the U.S.-Canada border along the Detroit River. Her dissertation explores the origins, motivations, and effects of dredging to offer a new history of the Detroit River from 1865-1930. Ramya has worked on public history projects and continues to do so, in an effort to make environmental history more accessible and participatory. In a former life, she was a historian of dams in post-colonial India. As a survivor of domestic abuse and as a single parent, Ramya’s scholarship is driven by a commitment to social/ecological justice and equity. She also takes tea and dredging (not necessarily in that order) very seriously.
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Shelby Brewster (she/her) is a content editor for EHN. She’s a doctoral candidate and Mellon Predoctoral Fellow in Theatre and Performance Studies at the University of Pittsburgh. Shelby 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.
Former Team Members
Dr. Nicole Welk-Joerger (she/her) is the former editor of our Tools for Change series. Currently a Postdoctoral Teaching Fellow at North Carolina State University, she is interested in how capitalist ideals have transformed human and nonhuman bodies. Nicole’s first book will focus on U.S. preoccupations with bovine bodies and the long history of American attempts to mold them into symbols of health and sustainability.