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Texas Tech University
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Antarctica, History of Science, Science and Technology Studies, Polar Regions, British Empire, Exploration, Environmental History, History of Earth Science, History of Geophysics, Maritime History
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About Me

I am a historian with special expertise on the history of Antarctica.

My research focuses on Antarctic science and exploration in the second half of the 20th century, especially in the context of the Cold War and the British Empire. I have written or given presentations on whaling, mountaineering, glaciological and geological expeditions, social isolation, research stations, masculinity, and historic environmental hazards. I have also consulted for museums around the world on various aspects of polar history.

I am currently writing a book on the history of Antarctic science in New Zealand and British research stations during the 1950s-60s.

Recent Publications

McCahey, Daniella “Fighting boredom with banjos and Russian grammar – tips from polar explorers for surviving months of isolation” The Conversation March 30, 2020

McCahey, Daniella, and Simon Cole. “Human(e) Science?Demarcation, Law, and ‘Scientific Whaling’ in Whaling in the Antarctic.” The Journal of Philosophy, Science & Law: Daubert Special Issue 15 (May 29, 2015).

Sloterdijk P, Boellstorff T, Berghof O, Lustig C, McCahey D, McCoy MR, Reddy E, Siakel DR, Valayden D, Wilson J, and Zani L, Gude R. “Satan at the Center and Double Rhizomes: Discussing ‘Spheres’ and beyond with Peter Sloterdijk.” Los Angeles Review of Books. January 14, 2014


Media Coverage
Country Focus
Expertise by Geography
Australia, Atlantic, British Isles, New Zealand, Pacific, United Kingdom
Expertise by Chronology
Modern, 20th century, 21st century
Expertise by Topic
Environment, Public History, Science, Technology