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Brown University
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Environmental History, Arctic, Russian/Soviet History, United States History, Native American/ Indigenous History, energy, climate change, marine history, animal studies, Pacific World
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About Me

I am an environmental historian, specializing in the lands and seas of the Russian and North American Arctic. My interest in northern environments and cultures began when I was 18 and moved to the Village of Old Crow in the Yukon. For over two years, I mushed huskies, hunted caribou, fished for salmon, tracked bears, and otherwise learned to survive in the taiga and tundra. In the years since, I have lived in and studied Arctic communities across Eurasia and North America. From the archive to the dog sled, I am interested in the how the histories of people, ideas, places, and non-human species intersect.

Recent Publications

“Grounding Capitalism: Geology, Labor, and the Nome Gold Rush,” chapter in A Global History of the Gold Rushes, eds. Stephen Tuffnell and Benjamin Mountford (Berkeley: University of California Press, forthcoming fall 2018)

“More Things on Heaven and Earth: Modernism and Reindeer in Chukotka and Alaska,” chapter in Northscapes: History, Technology, and the Making of Northern Environments, eds. Dolly Jørgensen and Sverker Sörlin (Victoria: University of British Columbia Press, 2013)

Media Coverage
Country Focus
Russia, United States
Expertise by Geography
Pacific, Russia, United States
Expertise by Chronology
5, 8, 9
Expertise by Topic
Capitalism, Environment, Indigenous Peoples