CHE Community Associates are individuals living in or near Madison who, regardless of institutional affiliation, wish to participate in the CHE community. Associates-at-Large are individuals living far from Madison but who have some connection to UW — as visiting scholars, as former faculty — and who wish to retain their ties to in the CHE community.

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Laurel Bastian
Laurel Bastain works in civil rights enforcement, doing education about residential segregation and investigations of illegal housing discrimination in Madison and Dane County. She also founded the ongoing Writers in Prisons Project and taught creative writing and humanities classes for four years in a men's correctional facility. She holds an MFA from UW-Madison and was a Halls fellow at the Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing.

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Peter Boger
Peter Boger is a CHE grad alum from the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies and currently serves as the programming director for CHE's Tales from Planet Earth environmental film festival. He has been involved with all five Tales festivals, first as a student filmmaker and then for the past three festivals as the programmer. Additionally, he has served as a guest environmental programmer for the Wisconsin Film Festival and the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art's "Rooftop Cinema" series. His student film, "In a Badger State of Mind," appeared at the Hazel Wolf Film Festival in Seattle. Peter's research interests are in animal studies, media studies, and environmental history and his dissertation focused on the anthropomorphism of certain "celebrity" animals in modern media and its impacts on wildlife conservation.

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Steve Brick
Steve Brick has spent 40 years working at the intersection of human energy use and the environment. As an undergraduate he was hired as a biology field assistant in a study of the environmental impacts of the Columbia Power Plant, near Portage. Much of his subsequent work focused on fossil fuel emissions and the atmosphere. He worked on the 1986 Acid Rain Law in Wisconsin, the 1990 Clean Air Act Amendments, ozone attainment plans throughout the country, the Clean Air Interstate Rule, and, since the late 90s, climate change. He is a Senior Fellow in Climate and Energy at the Chicago Council for Global Affairs and a Senior Advisor to the Clean Air Task Force.
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Andy Bruno
Andy Bruno is Assistant Professor in the Department of History and Faculty Associate in Environmental Studies at Northern Illinois University. His research explores varied aspects of the environmental history of the Soviet Arctic. He has published articles on the Soviet appropriation of reindeer, the environmental experience of forced laborers during Stalinism, and vulnerability to snow avalanches in the far north. His first book, The Nature of Soviet Power: An Arctic Environmental History, was published by Cambridge University Press in 2016.
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Eric Carson
Eric Carson is an associate professor in the Department of Environmental Sciences in UW-Extension, and a Quaternary geologist with the Wisconsin Geological and Natural History Survey. He is interested in issues of geologic processes and the history of landscape development in the Driftless Area of southwest Wisconsin and similar locations along the Last Glacial Maximum ice margin across the mid-continent of North America. Current projects he is working on include developing new methods of dating glacier fluctuations using sediment from former ice-marginal lakes, and unraveling the history of continental-scale drainage basin reorganizations over time.
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Jim Feldman
Jim Feldman teaches Environmental Studies and History at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh. His book, A Storied Wilderness: Rewilding the Apostle Islands, was published in 2011 by the University of Washington Press. His current research investigates the history and sustainability of radioactive waste disposal and storage.

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Jeff Filipiak
Jeff Filipiak is a Senior Lecturer in History at the University of Wisconsin-Fox Valley in Menasha, and a Lecturer in Environmental Studies at UW-Oshkosh. He earned his BA at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and his PhD at the University of Michigan with a dissertation titled "Learning from the Land: Wendell Berry and Wes Jackson on Knowledge and Nature." He also studies organic growing, John Denver, and environmental themes in popular culture; and has taught courses on sustainability, environmental ethics, food studies, and the Great Lakes. Outside of school, he served on the board of Slow Food-Wisconsin Southeast, and acted as Milwaukee's Ambassador of Snow.

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Amy Free
Amy Free enjoys looking at the ways humans use language when discussing the environment and the non-human inhabitants who share the planet with us. She earned my BS in Zoology and Conservation Biology at the UW, along with the (then-named) IES certificate; her MS in Anthrozoology is from Canisius College. You may see her working on campus as a sign language interpreter (please do wave or say hello!). Her many volunteer duties include serving as journal editor for Language & Ecology( and as an educator for the House Rabbit Society.

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Greta Gaard
Greta Gaard writes from the intersections of feminism, environmental justice, queer studies and critical animal studies, exploring a wide range of issues, from children’s environmental literature and maternal profiling to interspecies justice, material perspectives on fireworks and space exploration, postcolonial ecofeminism, and the eco-politics of oil pipelines. Gaard’s anthology, Ecofeminism: Women, Animals, Nature (Temple UP, 1993), positioned interspecies justice as foundational to ecofeminist theory, and was followed by Ecofeminist Literary Criticism (1998), and Ecological Politics: Ecofeminists and the Greens (1998). Her most recent volume, co-edited with Simon Estok and Serpil Oppermann, is International Perspectives in Feminist Ecocriticism (Routledge, 2013). Her eco-memoir, The Nature of Home (2007), is being translated into Chinese and Portuguese. Her work updating Val Plumwood's ecofeminist philosophy in terms of climate change, species justice, and sustainability, Critical Ecofeminism is forthcoming in 2017 from Lexington Books.

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Jerry Jessee
Jerry Jessee is an assistant professor of the history of science and global history at the University of Wisconsin Stevens Point. His book project Radiation Ecologies: Nuclear Fallout and the Birth of the Ecosphere investigates how scientific research tracing nuclear fallout in the environment during the Cold War sparked a new era of global environmental consciousness, which helped usher in the modern environmental era. It is under contract with the University of Washington Press, Weyerhaeuser Environmental Books Series.
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Curt Meine
Curt Meine is a conservation biologist and historian with an interdisciplinary academic background in environmental science and the humanities, having earned his M.S. and Ph.D. in Land Resources through the UW's Nelson Institute. He serves as Senior Fellow with the Aldo Leopold Foundation and the Center for Humans and Nature; as Research Associate with the International Crane Foundation; and as Adjunct Associate Professor at the UW-Madison. His research and professional conservation work have focused on the evolution of conservation ideas, science, policy, and practice, grounded in his studies of the life and work of Aldo Leopold. He has authored and edited several books and served on the editorial boards of the journals Conservation Biology and Environmental Ethics. At the UW-Madison he is an advisor to the Center for Integrated Agricultural Systems, the Global Health Institute, the Indigenous Arts and Sciences Earth Partnership, and the NSF-IGERT Novel Ecosystems Program. You can find more information on Curt's background and work at the Aldo Leopold Center and at the Center for Humans and Nature.
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Daegan Miller
Daegan Miller is a writer and historian who focuses on the nineteenth-century American landscape and the people who dreamed it into being. He writes about land surveyors and their maps; wilderness and anti-slavery communities; landscape photography and image theory; anarchists, socialists, and the communes they built. He writes about trees in American culture, about Henry David Thoreau, and about the culture of capitalism. He earned his PhD from Cornell University, and was an A.W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in the Humanities at UW from 2013-2015. His work has appeared in a variety of venues, from literary magazines to academic journals, and includes The American Historical Review, 3:AM Magazine, Stone Canoe, Environmental Humanities and others. His first book is forthcoming from the University of Chicago Press in 2017.
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Lisa Ruth Rand
Lisa Ruth Rand is an A. W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow at the Center for the Humanities at UW-Madison. She is also affiliated with the History Department and the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies. Her research explores transnational intersections of the histories of science, technology, and environment during the Cold War, particularly extreme and global environments and post-Earth futurism. She is currently working on her first book, about space junk and the environmental history of the nearest regions of outer space. Ruth has held fellowships at NASA, the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, and the RAND Corporation.
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Heather Swan
Heather Swan has a PhD in English with a CHE minor and an MFA in poetry from UW-Madison. Her interests include environmental literature, environmental justice, animal studies, contemporary American poetry and fiction, post-colonial studies, visual studies, and insect poetics. Her poetry has appeared in journals such as Cream City Review, Poet Lore, Iris, Basalt, and Green Humanities Review, and her nonfiction has appeared or is forthcoming in ISLE, Resilience, Edge Effects, and Aeon. Her book, Healing Bees, a work of narrative nonfiction about the interdisciplinary response to pollinator decline, is forthcoming from Penn State University Press. She is currently a lecturer at UW Madison where she is teaching environmental literature and writing. She is also a beekeeper.

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Alberto Vargas
Alberto Vargas has worked at the intersection of environment and development for the past 35 years. As an undergraduate he studied agronomy at the Monterrey Technological Institute in Querétaro, México and he earned a PhD in Land Resources and Forestry from UW-Madison. He was one of founders of an Eco-development research center in Quintana Roo, México and he has worked in global environmental policy in Washington, D.C. and as policy analyst for the Wisconsin Coastal Management Program. He currently teaches a Seminar on Sustainable Development for GNIES. He is also the Associate Director/Faculty Associate of the Latin American, Caribbean and Iberian Studies program at UW–Madison.
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Wilko Graf von Hardenberg
Wilko Graf von Hardenberg is a research scholar at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science in Berlin. Formerly DAAD Visiting Assistant Professor of Environmental History at UW-Madison, he mainly focuses on socio-political aspects of nature perception and management in modern Europe, digital history and the history of the environmental sciences. His two most recent research project focus respectively on the history of nature conservation, management, and rhetoric in the Alps and on the development of the concept of the mean sea level in both geodesy and the climate sciences.
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Anne McClintock
Anne McClintock is a Professor in the Program on Gender and Women's Studies at Princeton University. The former Simone de Beauvoir Professor of English and Gender Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, she recently published a series of journalistic photo-essays on the BP oil catastrophe in the Gulf in Truthout and Counterpunch, and on the melting of Greenland in Guernica.
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Rob Nixon
Rob Nixon is the Thomas A. and Currie C. Barron Family Professor in Humanities and the Environment at Princeton University. The former Rachel Carson Professor of English at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, he is the author of Slow Violence and the Environmentalism of the Poor (Harvard University Press, 2011). Professor Nixon has been the recipient of a Guggenheim, a Fulbright, a MacArthur Foundation Peace and Security Fellowship, and an NEH.
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Germán Palacio
Germán Palacio is a lawyer and holds a MSc in Legal Institutions, U.W.-Madison; and a PhD in history, Florida International University. Titular Professor, National University of Colombia. Leader of a research group in Colombia called History, Environment and Politics; Former professor of Universidad de Guadalajara, 1985-87; former Colciencias advisor in the Environmental Area; Scholarships form Interamerican Foundation, Twentieth Century Trust, CNPq-Brasil, Fulbright Visiting Researcher. Founder of SOLCHA, Latin American Environmental History Association; Editorial Board of Colombia Amazónica and Mundo Amazónico. Connected to LACIS, Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies, Law School.

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Kristoffer Whitney
Kristoffer Whitney is an Assistant Professor in History and Sociology of Science at the Department of Science, Technology, and Society at Rochester Institute of Technology. A former postdoctoral fellow in the Holtz Center for Science and Technology Studies at UW-Madison, his research explores an environmental controversy on the U.S. east coast over the effects of fishery quotas on migratory wildlife like shorebirds, as a lens unto the complex historical and contemporary relationships between environmental science and policy.
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