Assistant Professor of History and Environmental Studies
Office: 4105 Mosse Humanities
Mailbox: 4029 Mosse Humanities
Office Hours: Tuesdays 2:00-3:00, Wednesdays 2:00-3:00
I am a geographer who works at the intersection of environmental history, political ecology, science and technology studies, and animal studies with a regional focus on Latin America. I am currently working on a book, On the Backs of Tortoises: The will to save the Galápagos Islands, which will be published by Yale University Press in 2019. The book draws on ethnographic and archival research to trace a transnational history of the iconic Galápagos giant tortoises as animals at the center of tensions among evolutionary science, conservation, and tourism development in the archipelago. In Madison, I am active in the Nelson Institute’s Center for Culture, History, and the Environment (CHE) and serve as faculty advisor for Edge Effects, a digital magazine run by CHE graduate students. I am also affiliate faculty with the Latin American, Caribbean, and Iberian Studies program and the Holtz Center for Science and Technology Studies. I teach theories of space and nature, animal history, the global environmental history of the “Anthropocene,” and Latin American environmental history.
Ph.D., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
M.A., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
B.A., Miami University
- “The politics of a natural laboratory: Claiming territory and governing life in the Galápagos Islands“, SAGE Publications (2018)
- “Freezing Life in the Anthropocene,” in Future Remains: A Cabinet of Curiosities for the Anthropocene, Robert Emmett, Marco Amerio and Gregg Mitman, editors, Chicago: University of Chicago Press (forthcoming Winter 2018).
- “Mythologizing ‘Darwin’s Islands’” in D. Quiroga and A. M. Sevilla, editors, Darwinism and Conservation in the Galápagos Islands. New York: Springer, 2016, pp. 65-90.
- “Molecularizing Conservation: The Genetics of Pristine Nature and the Rediscovery of an Extinct Species of Galápagos Giant Tortoise.” Annals of the Association of American Geographers Vol. 105 (2015) Issue 1, pp. 87-104.
- “Producing ‘Prehistoric’ Life: Conservation breeding and the remaking of wildlife genealogies.” Geoforum. Vol. 49 (October 2013) pp. 71-80.
- “Nature’s Eden? The Production and Effects of ‘Pristine’ Nature in the Galápagos Islands.” Island Studies Journal. Vol. 6, No. 2 (2011), pp. 131-156. With Amy McCleary.
- Fellow, UW-Madison Institute for Research in the Humanities, Spring 2018
- Fellow, Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society, LMU, Munich, Germany, Spring 2017
- UW-Madison Center for the Humanities First Book Award, 2016
- Dissertation Completion Fellowship, American Council of Learned Societies/ Mellon Foundation, 2013-2014
- International Dissertation Research Fellowship, Social Science Research Council, 2011-2012
- Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grant, National Science Foundation, 2010-2012
- History 200 – Animals in World History – Syllabus 2015 (pdf)
- History 200 – Thinking Through History with Animals – Syllabus 2017 (pdf)
- History 225/ Environmental Studies 404 – Global Environmental History: How do we live in the Anthropocene? – Syllabus 2017 (pdf)
- History 600 – Latin American Environmental History – Syllabus 2014 (pdf)
- History 704 – What is world history? space, nature, history – Syllabus 2015 (pdf)