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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Lauren Ayers
Lauren Ayers is a former doctoral student of American environmental history interested in the role of government in economic development at home and abroad. She works as a freelance researcher and a conflicts analyst at Foley & Lardner, LLP. In her spare time, she continues to work on her former dissertation topic on the history of the Forest Products Laboratory, a federally funded lab dedicated to research and development of products from and related to forest industries.

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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 Associate 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 Union. Cambridge University Press published his first book, The Nature of Soviet Power: An Arctic Environmental History, in 2016. He is currently working on a history of the 1908 Tunguska explosion in Siberia.
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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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Mike Dockry
Mike Dockry is a member of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation. He is a Research Forester and Social Scientist with the USDA Forest Service’s Northern Research and also an Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Department of Forest Resources and the American Indian Studies Department at the University of Minnesota. He is an associate editor for the Journal of Forestry and was the chair of the American Society for Environmental History’s diversity committee (2011-2017). From 2005 until 2013, Mike was the USDA Forest Service's Liaison to the College of Menominee. Mike earned his PhD in the Forest and Wildlife Ecology Department at the University of Wisconsin- Madison.
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Jim Feldman
Jim Feldman serves as the director of the Environmental Studies Program and teaches and history at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh. He is the author of A Storied Wilderness: Rewilding the Apostle Islands, and the editor of Nuclear Reactions: Documenting American Encounters with Nuclear Energy. 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 is Professor of English and Coordinator of the Sustainable Justice Minor and the Sustainability Faculty Fellows at the University of Wisconsin, River Falls. Her scholarship emerges from the intersections of feminism, environmental justice, queer studies and critical animal studies. Gaard’s anthology, Ecofeminism: Women, Animals, Nature (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). A founding member of the Association for the Study of Literature and Environment (ASLE), Gaard is co-editor of International Perspectives in Feminist Ecocriticism (2013), and her eco-memoir, The Nature of Home (2007), has been translated into Chinese and Portuguese. Her most recent book, Critical Ecofeminism (2017) advances Val Plumwood's foundational ecofeminist philosophy in terms of climate change, species justice, and sustainability.

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Jacob Grace
Jacob Grace currently works as a Grazing & Perennial Agriculture Outreach Specialist for the UW-Madison Center of Integrated Agricultural Systems (CIAS), and as Outreach Coordinator for the the Savanna Institute, a nonprofit promoting agroforestry in the Midwest. Jacob received master's degrees in Agroecology and Life Sciences Communication from UW-Madison in 2018, and before graduate school he spent three seasons as a field instructor and guide with the Teton Science Schools in Jackson, Wyoming. Jacob grew up on a family farm in northwest Missouri, where he helped his parents raise grassfed beef cattle and native prairie plants.

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Douglas Haynes
Douglas Haynes is a nonfiction writer and poet whose work focuses on marginalized people and places. His book Every Day We Live Is the Future: Surviving in a City of Disasters (University of Texas Press) tells the true stories of two Nicaraguan migrant families' quests to escape poverty in Managua, one of the world's most disaster-prone cities. His chapbook of poems, Last Word, is forthcoming from Finishing Line Press. He also teaches writing and literature at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh, where he is an associate professor of English. 
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Nathan Jandl
Nathan Jandl serves as Communications Director for the UW-Madison Office of Sustainability. Nathan earned his PhD in English from the UW in 2016; while a graduate student, he completed a PhD Minor through CHE and helped to found, edit, and eventually manage Edge Effects. His scholarly work addresses the challenge of coping with multiple, major environmental crises while not losing sight of certain psychological needs: durable social relationships, feelings of fulfillment and security, and a sense of agency in place-making. Nathan is also a writer of nonfiction, a photographer, a fly fisherman, and a boxer-in-training.
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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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Sophie Sapp Moore
Sophie Sapp Moore is a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow for Research on the Plantationocene (2018-2020), affiliated with the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies. Sophie earned her PhD in Cultural Studies from UC Davis in 2018. Sophie is an interdisciplinary political ecologist, whose research addresses the intersection between processes of political and environmental transformation in the agrarian socio-ecologies of the Caribbean. Her current book project, tentatively titled "Futures Otherwise: Radical Life in the Counterplantation," examines the emergence and contestation of radical Black geographies in Haiti's central borderlands since the early 19th century.
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William Robichaud
William Robichaud is Global Wildlife Conservation’s Saola Conservation Program Coordinator. He is also the founding Coordinator of the Saola Working Group of the IUCN SSC’s Asian Wild Cattle Specialist Group. He has been working on wildlife conservation and research in Southeast Asia for nearly 25 years. William Robichaud is a native of Wisconsin, USA. He holds degrees in Zoology from the University of Wisconsin and the University of British Columbia.
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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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Steel Wagstaff


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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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Nancy Langston
Nancy Langston is an environmental historian who explores the connections between toxics, environmental health, and industrial changes in Lake Superior and other boreal watersheds. She is particularly interested in students who wish to focus on environmental health, water and watershed policy, and Great Lakes environmental policy. Nancy spent 17 years at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in the Nelson Institute of Environmental Studies and the Department of Forest and Wildlife Ecology. She started at Michigan Tech University in 2013.

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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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Lisa Ruth Rand
Lisa Ruth Rand is a Postdoctoral Fellow in Residence and Program Coordinator at the Consortium for History of Science, Technology, and Medicine. She is a former Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow at the Center for the Humanities at UW-Madison. Her research explores transnational intersections of the histories of science, technology, and the 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.
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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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