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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 and co-writing a book on the material history of Antarctica.

Recent Publications

Jean de Pomereu and Daniella McCahey, Antarctica: A History in 100 Objects (London: Conway), 2022

McCahey, Daniella “Women in Antarctica face assault and harassment – and a legacy of exclusion and mistreatment.The Conversation (October 5, 2022)

McCahey, Daniella “Over 100 years of Antarctic agriculture is helping scientists grow food in space.” The Conversation (May 20, 2022)

Edward Guimont, Kelcey Gibbons, Daniella McCahey, Megan Baumhammer and Sarah Qidwai “A Social Network Born Of Social Distancing.” Contingent Magazine (March 25, 2022)

McCahey, Daniella “Endurance captain Frank Worsley, Shackleton’s gifted navigator, knew how to stay the course.” The Conversation (March 10, 2022)

McCahey, Daniella. “‘The last refuge of male chauvinism’: Print culture, masculinity, and the British Antarctic Survey (1960-1996).” Gender, Place and Culture. (Published online January 21, 2021).

McCahey, Daniella and Alessandro Antonello “200 years ago, people discovered Antarctica – and promptly began profiting by slaughtering some of its animals to near extinction.” The Conversation, (13 November 2020).

Sam Robinson, Megan Baumhammer, Lea Beiermann, Daniel Belteki, Amy C. Chambers, Kelcey Gibbons, Edward Guimont, Kathryn Heffner, Emma-Louise Hill, Jemma Houghton, Daniella McCahey, Sarah Qidwai, Charlotte Sleigh, Nicola Sugden and James Sumner “Innovation in a Crisis: Rethinking Conferences and Scholarship in a Pandemic and Climate Emergency.” The British Journal for the History of Science, November 2020, 1–16.

McCahey, Daniella. “Telling Time in Antarctica.” Environmental History Now, (8 May 2020).

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
5, 7, 8, 9
Expertise by Topic
Environment, Public History, Science, Technology