For more information about graduate involvement opportunities in CHE, see our Graduate Involvement Opportunities worksheet. To apply for Grad Associate status, see the instructions on our Become an Associate page.

Photo of Danya Al-Saleh

Danya Al-Saleh
Danya Al-Saleh is a PhD Student in Geography at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her research interests include higher education, knowledge production, the oil and gas industry, and feminist ethnographic methodologies. Her doctoral research focuses on the internationalization of U.S. higher education through branch campuses in the Arabian Peninsula, specifically in Qatar. Through this research, she is examining the shifting relationship between universities and the oil and gas industry in the realm of engineering education and research. She also has conducted research on the role of the American University in Cairo in Cairo's uneven urban development through a historical geographic study of the university's 2008 move to its New Cairo campus.

Photo of Kathleen Alfin

Kathleen Alfin
Kathleen Alfin is a graduate student in the History Department focusing on African History. Her primary research interests revolve around Liberian-U.S. military relations during the early 20th century, in particularly during the First and Second World War. In addition to African History, she is also interested in Environmental History, especially the influence that militaries and warfare have had on the environment. She has a Bachelor of the Arts in History from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a Masters of Science in International Relations with a Concentration in Regional Studies of Africa and the Middle East from Troy State University.

missing photo of Miranda Alksnis

Miranda Alksnis
Miranda Alksnis is a first-year PhD student in English at UW-Madison, after conducting undergraduate study at the University of Toronto. She studies Ecocriticism and the narrative, literary, and discursive modes of the Anthropocene.

Photo of Christine Anhalt-Depies

Christine Anhalt-Depies
Christine Anhalt-Depies is a PhD candidate in the Dept. of Forest & Wildlife Ecology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She studies the social dynamics of public participation in scientific research and integrates both social and ecological data to better understand how citizen science operates within complex social-ecological systems. Her dissertation is focused on how different models for citizen science influence public understanding of and engagement with natural resources. She is part of an interdisciplinary research team examining Snapshot Wisconsin, a newly initiated effort to engage citizens in wildlife monitoring through the use of camera traps.
Contact | Website

Photo of Adriana Barrios

Adriana Barrios
Adriana Barrios was born and raised in San Diego, California. In 2009 she graduated from the University of Texas at San Antonio where she earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree with an emphasis in printmaking. In 2015 Adriana attended an international artist residency in Florence, Italy at Santa Reparata International School of Art. Currently, she is pursuing a Master of Fine Arts Degree at The University of Wisconsin-Madison where she is a recipient of the Education Graduate Research Fellow Scholarship. Her work has been exhibited regionally in Texas, New Mexico and Wisconsin and internationally in Italy and Mexico. Her most recent work involves her revisiting the coastal landscapes of her upbringing. She is interested in exploring the ways we observe, interact and respond to land in which we live in. She uses printmaking, photography and video to explore these ideas.
Contact | Website

Photo of Nicole Bennett

Nicole Bennett
Nicole Bennett is currently a Literary Studies PhD student in the English department. She has long benefitted from public higher education, attending a California community college before receiving her BA from UC Berkeley and her MA from CSU Long Beach. Her master's thesis examined depictions of waste in three postmodern and contemporary American novels set in Los Angeles, and her research interests remain focused on post-WWII urban American fiction and narratives concerning pollution, contamination, toxicity, trash, and disposability.

Photo of Claire Bjork

Claire Bjork
Claire Bjork is interested in cultural perspectives on ecological restoration and how communities define and put into practice their shared stewardship values. She works at Earth Partnership, an outreach organization in the Department of Planning and Landscape Architecture that engages schools and communities in education through restoration. Her particular research focus is on spirituality and land care and involves partnering with Holy Wisdom Monastery in Middleton, WI to develop a restoration training program for faith groups.

Photo of Rachel Boothby

Rachel Boothby
Rachel Boothby is a graduate student in the Department of Geography. She studies the cultural geography of the American food system and consumption more broadly from a historical perspective. Her MS examined the relationship between locally sourcing restaurants and the farmers they source from, and her dissertation takes a material culture approach to understanding the ways pigs have been transformed into commodities and consumed in the home over the course of the twentieth century, from lunchmeat to thyroid medication to dog food.
Contact | Website

Photo of Sarah Bruno

Sarah E. Bruno
Sarah Bruno is from the southside of Chicago. She is a Phd candidate culminating her coursework in the Cultural Anthropology program. Her research intersections are hip hop, dance, diaspora, and disaster—more specifically Puerto Rico, Blackness, performance, and affect. Her doctoral work focuses on these intersections in lieu of Hurricane Maria and the process of recovery post-disaster socially and environmentally. Bruno is a UW alum with undergraduate degrees in Latin American, Caribbean and Iberian Studies and Spanish Literature.Currently, Bruno hosts Weaponizing Joy workshops on campus where she is able to use art and affect theory to address undergraduate Badgers’ mental health. These aid in her theorizations concerning how Black women feel and heal.

Photo of Helen Bullard

Helen J. Bullard
Helen J. Bullard is a research-based storyteller and educator currently completing a special committee PhD in Interdisciplinary Art and Science, with a CHE certificate in Environmental History and the History of Science. Doctoral work focus on the horseshoe crab, encompassing entomological, medical, ethical, genetic and other cultural historical perspectives. Longer-term, she is committed to facilitating thoughtful education and action at the meeting places between science, art and stewardship.
Contact | Website

Photo of Christopher Cañete Rodriguez Kelly

Christopher Cañete Rodriguez Kelly
Christopher Cañete Rodriguez Kelly is a PhD student in Literary Studies. Though previously interested in psychoanalytic theories of anxiety in relation to the development of the United States, Christopher's more recent research takes a critical look at media ecology, and the attendant shift in the sensorium endemic to network interaction. Though situated within media studies, this interdisciplinary work necessarily interrogates new and shifting delimitations of geographical space through network technology, asking what is gained and what is lost in our increasingly interconnected world.

Photo of Charlie Carlin

Charlie Carlin
Charles Carlin is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Geography at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a wilderness guide. He is interested in how ethics and the philosophy of subjectivity intersect with the messy realities of life. These interests come together in Charles' dissertation entitled, "The Therapeutics of Subjectivity: Nature, Ethics, and Ceremony in the American Wilderness." Wild places in America have been sites of vicious dispossession and exclusion, but they are also places where scholars, activists, and wanderers have developed radical ecological ethics and politics through stunning experiences with the more-than-human world.
Contact | Website | click to visit my twitter feed

Photo of Oindrila Chattopadhyay

Oindrila Chattopadhyay
Oindrila Chattopadhyay is a graduate student at the Department of History, studying U.S. History (19th-20th centuries) and specializing in the History of Environment, Science and Medicine. She plans to explore the environmental consequences of human actions and, in turn, their effects on human health on a transnational scale.
Contact | Website | click to visit my twitter feed

Photo of Gioconda Coello

Gioconda Coello
Gioconda Coello-Ecuador holds a M.A. in Southeast Asian Studies and is a Ph.D. Student in Curriculum and Instruction- University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her interest is to understand the articulation of epistemologies and political projects within the realm of education with a main focus on how people uses indigenous worldviews and religions as foundations for social justice and environmental education projects. So far her research has been related to education reform and multicultural and environmental education in Ecuador and Thailand.

Photo of Marcos Colón

Marcos Colón
Marcos Colón is a dissertator in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His research focuses on the representations of the Amazon in 20th century Brazilian literature from an environmental studies perspective. In particular, he is interested in examining a variety of viewpoints of the post-rubber era Amazon through written texts, oral reports, and film, observing changes in the region, its nature and people. Considering the binomial culture / nature, Colon’s scholarship uses the post-rubber era as a springboard for re-envisioning the region in a "relational” way. His investigation argues that the invention, literature, and politics of the region require an ecological understanding of new relationships between human and non-humans, which redefine the role of the environment in regional, national, and global discourse. This approach fosters a wider, more nuanced understanding of the Amazon by resituating this unique bio-zone within the cultural, social, economic, and environmental networks of a hybridized Amazonian society.

Photo of Andy Davey

Andy Davey
Andy Davey is currently a PhD candidate in Geography and a UW-Center for Humanities Fellow at Madison Community Foundation. He spends much of his time talking with people, thinking and writing about how communities and organizations enact their values and fund their operations. His dissertation explores how environmental studies emerged in American colleges and universities not only out of the environmental movement of the 60s and 70s, but the economics of higher education and outdoor recreation. This project also examines how environmental education operates as a form of moral education on campuses with different political and religious cultures. His research for Madison Community Foundation into the local nonprofit field contributes to informing philanthropic donors and building the capacity of nonprofit organizations.
Contact | Website

Photo of Cathy Day

Cathy Day
I am a PhD candidate in Geography. My interests center around climate change impacts on agricultural systems and how humans perceive and deal with climatic shifts within a complex social-economic context. My previous work was in small-scale farming systems in the West African Sahel. My dissertation project focuses on farmers' networks of information and resources in the southwestern U.S. and how their networks influence their decisions and cropping outcomes. The core of my interest is farm livelihoods and whether and how farmers can survive into the future on lands that have long been marginal for agriculture. I am interested in how agricultural policy may be re-oriented to better support effective decision-making in marginal but still viable environments.
Contact | Website | click to visit my twitter feed

Photo of Barbara Decre

Barbara Decre
Barbara Decre is a PhD student in the Nelson Institute and her research focuses on agroforestry practices in Wisconsin. Her interdisciplinary work looks into the non-economic motivations behind their adoption on farms and pays attention to aspects such as culture, community, local history, and personal preferences and their role in the decision-making process. Additionally, she is interested in studying how community based organizations help women access land for their practice of agroforestry. To share all of these stories with other farmers as well as with the wider community, she relies participatory methodologies and story-telling tools and works to create engaging and informative narratives.

Photo of Michael Feinberg

Michael H. Feinberg
As a recent graduate of Sarah Lawrence College, Michael is a Ph.D student in the art history department. Michael’s research has engaged with a multifarious range of topics including Euro-American depictions of Native Americans as well as of the American frontier, Paul Gauguin’s visit to Tahiti, and Chicago’s Columbian Exposition. His current interests pertain to the intersection of French and American visual culture during the long nineteenth century. He is especially intrigued by depictions of colonial and metropolitan "spaces” in addition the portrayal of race, gender, and sexuality of Euro-American and "non-Euro-American” subjects.

missing photo of Nicole Fischer

Nicole Fischer
In 2016, Nicole Fischer graduated from the University of Regensburg. Her majors were German, Physical Education, and English as part of her teacher training. In addition, she received a M.A. in German Studies from Vanderbilt University (Nashville/TN) in 2012. Her thesis focused on Novalis, his Heinrich von Ofterdingen and the philosophy of nature of the German epoch of Romanticism. Her interest in Environmental Humanities has guided her to pursue a Ph.D. at UW- Madison with a future project that will view German literature through an ecocritical lens. Furthermore, she will complete a minor in the field of SLA and a Certificate in Environmental Humanities. In her freetime, she loves cross country skiing, biking, reading and spending time with her husband and dog.

Photo of Jesse Gant

Jesse Gant
I am a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of History--my interests are in 19th century United States politics and culture, with specialities in African American and Western history. My dissertation looks at the role western black activists had in the making of the Republican Party during the 1850s and 1860s. In 2013, I published Wheel Fever: How Wisconsin Became a Great Bicycling State, which examined the early origins of bicycling in the Badger State during the last half of the nineteenth century. An exhibit based on the book can be found on permanent display at Old World Wisconsin. An additional exhbit inspired by the book called "Shifting Gears: A Cyclical History of Bicycling in the Badger State" opened in Madison and Appleton in 2015.
Contact | Website | click to visit my twitter feed

Photo of Marisa Gomez

Marisa Gomez
Marisa Gomez is currently a PhD candidate in the Department of Art History's Buildings-Landscapes-Cultures program. Her research engages cultural histories of building materials and technologies. Research topics include the incorporation of synthetic and imitative materials in domestic spaces, and the design, production, distribution, and marketing of mass-produced prefabricated homes in postwar America. Ultimately, her work considers the intersection of technology, modernism, and cultural constructions of domesticity in American housing.
Contact | Website

Photo of Daniel Grant

Daniel Grant
Daniel is a PhD candidate in the Geography Department at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His dissertation considers the historical exclusions of Indigenous and African-American river communities from irrigated land in the Colorado River borderlands through the long 20th century. His scholarship and teaching use small, powerful stories to re-imagine belonging, justice, and landscape across the North American West. He also writes and teaches literary nonfiction.
Contact | Website | click to visit my twitter feed

Photo of Nicholas Green

Nicholas Green
Nicholas Green is interested in research and outreach to Christian communities, especially those within Evangelical circles. His background is in Environmental Education and outdoor programs. Specifically, he is interested in the way experiences and participation in camps and service trips (missions trips) impacts attitudes towards the environment and environmental justice issues. His hope is to serve as a bridge between the sciences and Christian communites.

Photo of W. Nathan Green

W. Nathan Green
W. Nathan Green is a doctoral student in UW-Madison's Department of Geography. His research interests include hydropower development, the history of antimalarial drug resistance, and agrarian change in Cambodia and Southeast Asia more broadly. For his dissertation, he plans to study how microfinance and new financial technologies (e.g. mobile banking) are changing rural land relations in southern Cambodia, where he lived and worked as a Peace Corps volunteer (2009-2011).

Photo of Spring Greeney

Spring Greeney
I am a doctoral candidate in the History Department broadly interested in the politics of domestic work in the 20th-century U.S. My dissertation, "What Clean Smells Like: An Environmental History of Doing the Wash, 1841-1992," follows the four generations of commercial chemists who transformed what domestic workers and consumers expected cleanliness to look, feel, and smell like. By re-centering the household as a commercial workplace, my project argues that environmental historians‚Äîparticularly those focused on toxicity, illness, and disease‚ have overlooked sensory pleasure as a crucial driver of ecological change.

Photo of Carly Griffith

Carly Griffith
Carly Griffith is a Geography Ph.D. student and researches property law and inheritance practice in the rural Upper Midwest and Northern Great Plains. She is an editor for Edge Effects and leads a graduate writers' group through CHE. She holds an M.A. in Public Humanities from Brown University and most recently worked at the Center for Cultural Landscapes at the University of Virginia.
Contact | Website | click to visit my twitter feed

Photo of Brian Hamilton

Brian Hamilton
I'm a doctoral candidate in the History Department working on a dissertation entitled "Cotton's Keepers: Black Agricultural Expertise in Slavery and Freedom," in which I examine how enslaved people in the Lower Mississippi Valley acquired agricultural knowledge and how and to what effect they deployed that knowledge after slavery. I also serve as the lead author of the website "Gaylord Nelson and Earth Day: The Making of the Modern Environmental Movement."
Contact | Website | click to visit my twitter feed

Photo of Addie Hopes

Addie Hopes
Addie Hopes is a Literary Studies Ph.D. student in the English Department at University of Wisconsin–Madison. Her current research focuses on narratives of toxicity and extinction, exploring how contemporary literature helps us to re-imagine ethical ways of living within multispecies communities.
Contact | click to visit my twitter feed

Photo of Justyn Huckleberry

Justyn Huckleberry
Justyn Huckleberry is a Ph.D. student in the Nelson Institute. Her primary research interests revolve around how access to fundamental resources, such as arable land, food, and clean air and water, changes. For her dissertation research, she is using concepts and tools from political ecology to understand how community access to resources changes after government-mandated relocations in the northern regions of Botswana.

Photo of Emily Hutcheson

Emily S. Hutcheson
I am a dissertator in the History of Science Program and am interested in probing human-nonhuman-environment relationships with a historical approach. My dissertation project focuses on marine algae and the people who studied it in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. I ask how phycologists (those who study algae) relied on transnational networks, colonial histories, and concepts of living and nonliving things to create knowledge about algae that counted as scientific. I hold an MA in History and Philosophy of Science from Florida State University and a BA in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology from Yale University.

Photo of June Jeon

June Jeon
I am a PhD student of the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies, and pursuing a PhD minor in the Holtz center of science and technology studies (STS). I am broadly interested in environmental policy, STS, environmental history, and their intersections. Through my graduate studies, I hope to focus on the history of institutionalization of environmental policy and regulatory science to shed light on how political, economical, and cultural context shape the scientific knowledge about the mutual influence between human and environment. I am from South Korea, and studied chemistry and science&technology policy at Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST).

Photo of Laura Jessee

Laura Jessee
Laura Jessee is a first year PhD student in the Environment and Resources Program within the Gaylord Nelson Institute of Environmental Studies. Her research interests include community based research, food systems, social justice, and agricultural education. Inspired by her experience as an Agricultural Advisor in Ghana in the Peace Corps, she returned school to learn more about agricultural education and community development. During her M.S, Laura worked with farmers to create an apprenticeship program for new organic farmers. Her experience working in a participatory project has propelled her into her PhD field of community engaged research.

Photo of Sheamus Johnson

Sheamus Johnson
Sheamus Johnson is a Master’s student in the Nelson Institute working with Dr. Larry Nesper in the Department of Anthropology. His main research interests are Native American treaty rights in the Great Lakes region, environmental anthropology, political ecology, agricultural cooperatives, and development. He currently works at the Farley Center for Peace, Justice and Sustainability at their Farm Incubator serving primarily minority and immigrant farmers. He also works with the Intertribal Maple Syrup Producers Cooperative, a group of Native American maple producers interested in providing technical assistance to beginning, small, and large producers, while addressing barriers to land access, sustainable harvesting methods, etc.
Contact | click to visit my twitter feed

Photo of Peter Jurich

Peter Jurich
Peter Jurich is a graduate student in the Life Sciences Communication Department and a science writer whose work focuses on environmental studies and medicine. When he's not at work, he's performing stand-up comedy, swing dancing, or walking his puppy, Toby.

Photo of Kim Kassander

Kim Kassander
During Kim Kassander’s undergraduate career, she studied nutrition and although it was incredibly interesting she knew she wanted to pursue something different. In 2016, she traveled to 22 different countries that spanned over five continents. This opportunity changed her focus to bigger picture issues such as climate change affecting marginalized communities. Kim has a strong interest in emergency preparedness and management not only domestically but internationally. She decided to get her Master of Public Health at the University of Wisconsin-Madison because the faculty would result in a deeper understanding of global leadership, health systems, community assessment, program management, and health disparities.

Photo of Alex Kazer

Alex Kazer
Alex Kazer is a graduate student broadly interested in the connections between working lands, conservation, and public policy. His research focuses on the social and ecological outcomes of private land conservation strategies and the ways in which property rights and land tenure affect conservation. He is pursuing an M.S. in Agroecology and holds a B.A. in International Affairs and Arabic from the University of Georgia.

Photo of Sarah Keogh

Sarah Keogh
Sarah Keogh is a PhD candidate and adjunct instructor in the School of Architecture and Urban Planning at the University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee. Her research works to link existing frameworks of architectural place theory toξsociologicalξidentity theory and to examine the role that architecture can play in the formation of shifting individual and cultural identities. She examines architecture as an actor in cultural shifts and looks at how daily patterns of behavior help to inform cultural expectations and norms: these patterns are produced and expressed through daily rhythms that are reflected and affected by built landscapes. She is interested in examining narratives surrounding environmental relationships in order to expand the architectural practice of scenario planning; and to use this framework to investigate imagined patterns of behavior and everyday settings. This inquiry has the potential to offer insights that can help to address designing for urban futures in the face of contemporary environmental issues.

Photo of Erin Kitchell

Erin Kitchell
I am a graduate student in the Geography department studying environment and development in West Africa. My current research focuses on histories of environmental change, the multiple vulnerabilities of small-scale producers, and the ways in which social networks shape knowledge formation about climatic variability. I will work closely with faculty in the Nelson Institute, Agroecology, and Community and Environmental Sociology. I have a B.A. in History and a background in community-based programming for non-profits. My past experience includes working to integrate environmental education in public school programming, managing public health and land use planning campaigns in peri-urban Mali, and creating training curricula on gender and development issues.

Photo of John Koban

John Koban
John Koban's research explores the rhetorical relationships among people and their environments, considering the ways environmental activists and organizations, especially ones motivated by religious and spiritual conviction, communicate and interact with each other about the environment, in both local and abstract ways. Specifically, he is interested in developing and describing ecological rhetorical models that better allow practitioners, stakeholders, and skeptics to attune themselves to environments so that they may enjoy the risks and rewards of activism, sustainability, and a sense of interconnectedness with the earth. He is a PhD student in the Composition and Rhetoric division of English department, and when he teaches introductory writing courses he does his best to infuse those courses with readings and writings attuned to environmental rhetoric and writing.

Photo of Liz Anna Kozik

Liz Anna Kozik
Liz Anna Kozik is a PhD student in Environment & Resources at the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies. She utilizes comics to tell stories of the Midwestern tallgrass prairie through its ecology, history, and ecological restoration. Her work ties a background in the arts (BFA Rhode Island School of Design 2011, MFA UW-Madison 2017) to academic research in the science, history, and culture of prairie restoration. She currently operates The Image Lab at the Wisconsin Institute of Discovery, focusing on environmental education, science communication, and arts-as-research.
Contact | Website | click to visit my twitter feed

Photo of Alexandra Lakind

Alexandra Lakind
Alexandra Lakind is a doctoral student in Curriculum & Instruction and Environment & Resources. She is also an alum of Interlochen Arts Academy, the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, and New York University, where she studied theater/performance. Before coming to UW, she founded/directed a cooperative preschool and an outdoor summer camp. She is the co-founder of Terra Incognita Art Series, and she is currently thinking a lot about human/environmental futures and educational pedagogy. Through implicit and explicit, academic and performative routes, she hopes to foster supportive communities prepared to process unanswerable dilemmas together.

Photo of Marisa Lanker

Marisa Lanker
Marisa Lanker is a PhD student in the Nelson Institute’s Environment & Resources program. Her research interests include perennial and polyculture farming, social justice, biocultural diversity, indigenous ways of knowing, food sovereignty, multispecies narratives, decolonial agricultural movements, and participatory methods. Currently, her blossoming research turns an eye to smallholder farmers in Guatemala, examining how differing narratives of indigeneity connect to distinct formations of agrobiodiversity and, in turn, inform food sovereignty outcomes. She holds an M.S. in Agroecology from University of Wisconsin-Madison and a B.A. in International Development from Ohio State University. When not researching, she is laughing or dancing or both.

Photo of Serena Larkin

Serena Larkin
Serena Larkin is a PhD student in English (literary studies), with focus areas in ecocrticism, critical race studies, and science and technology studies. After eight years in climate policy communications work in Seattle and Chicago, she sought to dig deeper into the stories by which diverse groups of people understand and perform their ecological values, as well as the knowledge production nodes and institutions that privilege certain groups' stories and values over others'. She earned her BA in Interdiscplinary Cultural Studies, with a focus in Environmental Studies, from Scripps College.
Contact | click to visit my twitter feed

Photo of Vanessa Lauber

Vanessa Lauber
I am a PhD student in the English Literary Studies department, having received my BA in English and history from Wofford College in Spartanburg, SC. My interests include contemporary American literature, narrative theory, queer theory, and environmental criticism.

Photo of Laura Lawler

Laura Lawler
Laura is a PhD student in people-environment Geography, studying political ecology, environmental governance, and agricultural systems. She received her MS in Geography from UW-Madison in 2016 and BA from Sarah Lawrence College in 2008. Her masters thesis was on agricultural entrepreneurial training for refugees resettling in the US, exploring questions about how ‘good’ farming and farmers are enacted in these programs and resistance and diverse economies livelihood strategies among refugee farmers. Her current research is on "climate smart” narratives and agriculture programming in East Africa. What counts as "climate smart,” why, and how do these impact farmers? She is also working on a collaborative interdisciplinary project in Uganda, "Mapping Hotspots: ‘One Health’ and the History of Infectious Disease Research.”

Photo of Zhe Yu Lee

Zhe Yu Lee
Zhe Yu Lee is a second year MS student in the Department of Geography. His Masters research looks at the current politics of implementation around forest and land tenure policies in Indonesian province of North Sumatra, especially as it relates to the (un)changing nature of the forest and environment bureaucracies of the Indonesian state. He has broader longer term interests in historicizing the dominance of technocratic approaches in contemporary global environmental governance. In part, this entails exploring the relationship between the scientization of knowledges with regard to tropical agriculture, tropical forests and "the economy" during the early Cold War and Third World visions of nation-building and international order. His primary theoretical interests include science and technology studies, political ecology, global environmental history, critical policy studies, critical international relations and critical development studies. He received his BA from Macalester College in 2015 with majors in geography and environmental studies.
Contact | click to visit my twitter feed

Photo of Anna Lehner

Anna Lehner
Anna Lehner graduated from the University of Wisconsin Stevens Point with a BFA in 3D emphasis and a BA in Art History in May 2016. Currently Anna is attending University of Wisconsin-Madison pursuing an MFA in glass. Anna uses the material of glass to investigate communication and concerns for the environment.
Contact | Website

Photo of Jennifer Lent

Jennifer Lent
Jennifer is a graduate student in the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies pursuing her M.S. in Environmental Conservation. Her main area of interest is to study the impacts of the human-wildlife conflict and how climate change is playing a role in the increase of these interactions. Her interest in the subject was sparked by her volunteer work as a Wildlife Caretaker at the Four Lakes Wildlife Center at the Dane County Humane Society, where she has been volunteering for almost three years.

Photo of Juniper Lewis

Juniper Lewis
Juniper Lewis is a doctoral student in anthropology. Juniper's research will explore the relationship between humans and the environment by examining ecotheology in action, that is, how modern Christian congregations relate to and interact with the environment in the United States. This research will be influenced not only by early Christian relations to the environment and ideas of wilderness but also by a look at the variation of these relations across Abrahamic religions as well as shifting American values of the environment and wilderness. These influences will allow for a nuanced look into modern ecotheology among Christians and provide a firm background on the subject.
Contact | click to visit my twitter feed

Photo of Ned Littlefield

Ned Littlefield
Ned Littlefield is a second-year PhD student in Political Science. He researches Latin American states’ forced eradication of coca, a traditional Andean crop and the raw material for cocaine, asking what this operation reveals about civil-military relations amid the war on drugs. He previously worked in education, development, and policy research around Latin America, including a community agriculture project in Nicaragua, a study of agricultural cooperatives in Guatemala, and various efforts at analyzing the geography of conflict. He has a Master’s degree from Brandeis University, is fluent in Spanish, and is trying to learn Portuguese.

Photo of Weishun Lu

Weishun Lu
Weishun Lu is a PhD student in Literary Studies in the English Department at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. She holds a BA and MA in English from New York University. Currently, she focuses on colonial/postcolonial studies and environmental criticism, and her project looks at the ways in which care and violence intersect in the appropriation of natural objects. In addition, she aims to explore how colonial nostalgia – the desire for and attachment to former colonizers – can be maintained in the postcolonial world.

Photo of Robert Lundberg

Robert Lundberg
Robert Lundberg is pursuing a J.D., and an M.S. through the Nelson Institute, at UW-Madison. Lundberg's academic interests focus on legal issues of water allocation and usage, and the interaction between infrastructure and surrounding environments. His artistic practice utilizes photography, video, and musical performance to investigate these interests. He is also a graduate fellow of the Holtz Center for Science and Technology Studies and an organizer of the Terra Incognita Art Series. Additionally, he is an internationally-performing musician. He holds a BFA from The New School in Jazz Performance.
Contact | Website

Photo of Simone Doing Max Puchalsky

Simone Doing & Max Puchalsky
Known professionally as Simone and Max, Simone Doing and Max Puchalsky are artists, organizers, and educators who work collaboratively on a range of projects that reflect their interest in empathy, technorealism, and engagement with local community issues. Recent projects have explored such topics as social media mourning, drone warfare, youth incarceration, academic freedom, and climate change tourism through multimedia installations involving video, graphic design, print media, text, photography, audio, software, and readymade assemblage. They continue to explore multisensory environments that take into equal account the set of social conditions produced as well as the images/objects in space. Solo exhibitions include Diane Endres Ballweg Gallery (2020), Overture Center for the Arts (2019), Abel Contemporary (2017), and Arts + Literature Laboratory (2016). Selected group exhibitions include Perez Art Museum Miami, Istanbul Modern, CICA Museum (South Korea), ARTCOP21 (Berlin), The Luminary (St. Louis), and Espacio Gallery (London). Simone and Max have received fellowships, grants, and awards from the Division of the Arts at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, ArtSlant, Madison Arts Commission, Dane County Cultural Affairs Commission, and the Wisconsin Arts Board. Their work has been featured in Vice’s The Creators Project, Amsterdam University Press, and The Huffington Post. Simone and Max are currently artists-in-residence at the Bayview International Center for Education and The Arts, and MFA candidates at the University of Wisconsin in Madison, where they live and work.
Contact | Website

Photo of Alex McAlvay

Alex McAlvay
I am a doctoral student in the Department of Botany with a BS in Biology and Anthropology from Western Washington University. My research focuses on two questions: 1) When/how do people adopt newly encountered organisms into their culture and 2) What are the evolutionary implications of these adoptions. Specifically, I study how seven highland Mexican cultures use and manage introduced field mustard and the evolutionary impacts of these practices. I am interested in working toward decolonizing ethnobiology and serve as the ethnobotanist for a non-profit called the Herbal Anthropology Project which seeks to protect traditional knowledge and intellectual property rights.
Contact | Website

Photo of Cathleen McCluskey

Cathleen McCluskey
Cathleen McCluskey is a master's student in the Agroecology Program at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She is developing tools to advance farmer-centric seed systems that are democratic, economically and environmentally sound, and driven by public plant breeding. Her interests include public policy, intellectual property rights, industry concentration, and public plant breeding systems. Her research focuses on agrobiodiversity and the importance of defining and monitoring germplasm resources using an applied agroecological framework. She finds her on-campus intellectual community among her fellow multidisciplinary students in the agroecology community.
Contact | Website | click to visit my twitter feed

Photo of Elena McGrath

Elena McGrath
I am a graduate student in Latin American History, working on my dissertation about revolutionary Bolivian miners in the 20th century. Born and raised in the mountain West, I fell in love with the Andes at first sight. I am interested in the ways that landscapes shape political possibilities and the ways that communities articulate belonging in terms of race, class, and gender. My work asks what makes revolutions imaginable, and what makes revolutionary dreams fall apart. I am also a member of the Program in Gender and Women’s History and the Latin American Caribbean, and Iberian Studies Program.
Contact | click to visit my twitter feed

Photo of Amanda McMillan Lequieu

Amanda McMillan Lequieu
I am a scholar of culture, place, and economic change at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. My research interrogates the relationship between the mobility of capital and the relative stability of social life. Through qualitative and archival research, I ask how historical structures of capitalism‚(social, spatial, and economic)inform localized outcomes and lived experiences of home and community. Specifically, I am interested in how place-based, working class communities adapt to globalizing economies and changing environments over time‚ from farmers and consumers, to urban steelworkers and rural iron miners. I analyze processes and trajectories of economic history, cultural negotiation, landscape-scale change, and political economies of growth and decline.
Contact | Website | click to visit my twitter feed

Photo of Siddharth Menon

Siddharth Menon
Siddharth Menon is a critical architect and human geographer of the built environment. His dissertation research looks at an ethnography of concrete as a building construction material in peri-urban Kochi, Kerala to highlight the macro and micro processes through which concrete is becoming a dominant and ubiquitous building material across rural & peri-urban India. Siddharth is also affiliated with the Center for South Asia and the Hotlz Center for STS.
Contact | Website

Photo of Bri Meyer

Bri Meyer
Bri Meyer earned her B.A. in Anthropology and English from Augustana College in 2017. She is currently a PhD student at in the Cultural Anthropology department at UW-Madison with a minor in CHE, working on co-species ethnography in the American Saddlebred show horse community—of which she has been a lifelong member. Her specific research interests in this area include multi-species, multi-sensory language, collaborative movement, and embodiment. She is also extremely invested in discussions on the theory of ethnographic writing, and how the "genre” of ethnography relates to and differs from other genres of literature.

Photo of Elizabeth Nielsen

Elizabeth Nielsen
Elizabeth Nielsen is a MA/PhD student in the History of Science department. Her MA paper focuses on assumptions to a natural state of equilibrium in North Pacific fur seal populations, showing how scientific actors studying these animals become political experts using their scientific knowledge. Her primary research interests follow, asking how our understanding of the natural world has been informed by political concerns, including economic issues and international diplomacy. She is a co-editor for the International Commission for History of Oceanography blog (, and she holds an MA in the History of Science from Oregon State University.

Photo of Laura Perry

Laura Perry
Laura Perry is a doctoral candidate in Literary Studies, a 2017-2018 Mellon-Morgridge Fellow, and a Public Humanities Exchange (HEX) Fellow in partnership with the Dane County Humane Society. Her research focuses on housing, race, and species in twentieth century American literature. Specifically, she is interested in how writers use animal figures to explain white flight and articulate the class and color lines of suburban development. She also hosts a weekly radio show on WSUM 91.7 FM Madison (Tuesdays at 11 am) that airs interviews with women writers, artists, and activists. Get in touch if you want to be a guest!

Photo of Cyra Polizzi

Cyra Polizzi
Cyra K. Polizzi is a graduate student in the Gender & Women’s Studies department at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Using a transdisciplinary approach, Cyra is developing an accessible, sustainable, feminist theatre practice. Cyra completed their undergraduate work at UW-Madison with a BA in Theatre & Drama as an Acting Specialist, an Environmental Studies Certificate, and a Women’s Studies Certificate.
Contact | Website

Photo of Jules Reynolds

Jules Reynolds
Jules is a PhD student in Geography and Environment & Resources. She is interested in the political ecology of maize in Malawi and exploring agroecological movements through a multispecies ethnography lens. Jules completed her M.S. in Agroecology at UW-Madison, and is a member of The LAND (Livelihoods, Agroecology, Nutrition, and Development) Project on campus.

Photo of Ryan Rohde

Ryan Rohde
Ryan A Rohde is a graduate student at the University of Wisconsin earning his Master’s in Public Health with a certificate in Global Health. His research and academic interests include examining the relationship of war and the prevalence of disease and its health impacts on marginalized communities. Additionally, he is committed to advocating for Indigenous rights and their representation in research and furthering his education in the ethics of research involving Indigenous Peoples. He hopes to lead a career in program evaluation, quality improvement research, and humanitarian aid.

Photo of Hugh Roland

Hugh Roland
Hugh Roland is a PhD student in the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies. He is also a sociology minor and an affiliate of the Center for Demography and Ecology. His research interests include climate change related human migration, health disparities, and issues of power and structural inequality. Before attending UW Madison, he worked in public health policy and economic justice advocacy in the Bay Area and received an MA in international history from the London School of Economics, where he studied anticolonial movements.

Photo of Heather Rosenfeld

Heather Rosenfeld
I am a PhD student in Geography with a minor in Science and Technology Studies. My dissertation is on the biopolitics of farm animal sanctuaries. Mostly, this means I clean chicken poop, but I also try to understand how we can and do decommodify farm animals -- animals who have been bred, trained, and drugged in attempts to extract profit from them. I am also working on a project mapping and analyzing North America's hazardous waste trade with Dr. Sarah Moore, and have additional commitments to feminism in the academy and comics for conducting and communicating research.

Photo of Owen Selles

Owen Selles
Owen Selles is a graduate student broadly interested the human dimensions of landscape change, particularly how politics, culture, economics, and scientific ideas inform landscape design and management. He has a B.A. in geography and he is currently pursuing a double M.S. degree in Forestry and Environment & Resources at the Nelson Institute. His thesis projects are on the history, and politics behind the operationalization of ecosystem resilience in the U.S. Rockies; and, the historical geography of American Indian trail networks in Wisconsin.

Photo of Angela Serrano

Angela Serrano
As a PhD student in sociology Angela Serrano studies the financialization of agriculture. She is particularly interested in how the transformation of landscapes by farmers and financial actors shapes their access to land, and the ecosystems involved. Before coming to UW-Madison she did a Master’s in geography at King’s College London. Her thesis focused on how global avocado trade shapes landscapes and livelihood possibilities for farmers in Santander, Colombia, her home region. Her curiosity for agriculture and its fruits also takes the form of a passion for cooking and exploring produce markets.

Photo of Kassia Shaw

Kassia Shaw
Kassia Shaw is a Ph.D. student in Composition and Rhetoric. Her research interests consider how place-based environmental narratives simultaneously reflect and shape identity, especially within cultural and social justice contexts. How can writing about nature change our perception of ourselves and our world? Who is excluded or erased from these conversations, and to what effect? Can writing environmental narratives heal the body? I am further interested in ways that indigenous spaces shape the literacies of ongoing colonization narratives within medicine, science and technology. She holds a BA and MA in English from DePaul University in Chicago.

Photo of Heather Sonntag

Heather Sonntag
Heather S. Sonntag, PhD is pursuing a CHE Certificate in conjunction with a Masters of Library and Information Science (Archives Track). An independent scholar, lecturer, curator, and assistant archivist of early and modern photography, Heather approaches visual materials as resources for historical analysis to gain new perspectives. With twenty years of travelling globally and conducting research in national and international photographic archives, Heather understands image collections to be overlooked, under used, and misinterpreted. (She wants to change that!) Concentrating on southwestern and south-central Wisconsin for the certificate, she will tap local archives to visually re-assess land use, loss, and restoration.

Photo of Sarah Stankey

Sarah Stankey
Sarah Stankey is a graduate student in the Department of Art. Her visual work reflects on the different aspects of nature as encountered by humans and considers or coexistence to animals. She is interested in the ways that people manipulate and interfere with the natural world. Sarah’s interdisciplinary research is rooted in the studio arts but has recently been expanding into other departments, particularly Zoology, Limnology and Art History. Her art practice also investigates the history of museums through work with taxidermy, entomology and cabinets of curiosity.

Photo of Clare Sullivan

Clare Sullivan
Clare Sullivan is a PhD student in the Department of Geography and studies agricultural change and drivers of tropical deforestation. She is interested in mixed methods approaches to understanding complex socio-ecological systems. Her dissertation will focus on the impact of different climate governance policies on landscapes and farmers in Colombia. She holds a Masters in International Affairs from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs.

Photo of Rebecca Summer

Rebecca Summer
Rebecca Summer is a PhD candidate in the Department of Geography. She is broadly interested in changes to the urban built environment and the implications for city dwellers. Her dissertation is about the history of alleys as public space in Washington, DC and the role they play in urban development, social life, and neighborhood change. Her other research interests include historic preservation, gentrification, and environmental justice.
Contact | Website | click to visit my twitter feed

Photo of Andrew Thomas

Andrew Thomas
Andrew Thomas is a PhD student in the English department. His current research focuses on investigating the ways in which socioeconomic, environmental, and geopolitical pressures affect how citizenship is constructed, understood, and culturally represented in the modern United States, particularly in literature and film of the 20th and 21st century. He is especially interested in how state-sponsored violence, primarily war, registers what it means to be a citizen of the United States, particularly for minority people groups, in a transnational, seemingly neocosmopolitan world. Furthermore, his research asks how and to what extent a global environmental crisis diminishes our nationalist ties to citizenship in favor of a common planetary identity.

Photo of Sara Thomas

Sara Thomas
Sara Gabler Thomas is a doctoral candidate in Literary Studies. Her research spans twenty- and twenty-first century literature and culture of the archipelagic Americas. She is especially interested in the affective dimensions of the weather in Caribbean literature alongside representations of indigeneity and diaspora.

Photo of Matthew Trew

Matthew Trew
As a long-time resident of one of America's most popular tourist destinations — Myrtle Beach, South Carolina — I grew up constantly surrounded by beachwear stores, neon lights, and more than my fair share of tourist traps. It's no surprise, then, that as a Ph.D. student in Anthropology, I focus on themed spaces, tourism, and symbolic economies. More specifically, I take inspiration Disneyland's famous Jungle Cruise attraction, which is partially based on the ruins of Angkor Wat in Cambodia, to study how thematic landscapes attract tourists to Southeast Asia, with a primary focus on the province of Battambang in Cambodia. I also am very interested in the relationship between tourism and pilgrimage, and in comparing foreign tourists to how and why local Cambodians visit important sites around the nation. I'm happy to be part of CHE and the overarching humanitarian quest to show's a small world after all. Sorry, couldn't resist.
Contact | Website

Photo of Vaishnavi Tripuraneni

Vaishnavi Tripuraneni
I am a PhD student in the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies. My interests broadly lie in political ecology, agrarian livelihoods, smallholder vulnerability, environment and development. My dissertation looks at the relationships among small farmer livelihoods, debt, and crop choices in South India.

Photo of Ruth Trumble

Ruth Trumble
I am a PhD student in Geography with interests in political geography, feminist theory, and people-environment relations. My research explores the relationship between environmental disasters and peacebuilding initiatives in post-conflict areas. My previous research examined the agency of artists who create art outside of global art market demands.

Photo of Nicole Tu-Maung

Nicole Tu-Maung
Nicole Tu-Maung is an M.S. student in Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies working with the VanDeelen Lab in the Department of Forest and Wildlife Ecology. She studies human dimensions of conservation of Burmese pythons (P. bivittatus) in part of their native range in Myanmar. She is interested in the application of modelling based approaches to understanding human-animal relationships and how systems of belief and culture relate to animal ecologies.
Contact | Website

Photo of Stepha Velednitsky

Stepha Velednitsky
Stepha Velednitsky is a Masters Student working with Drs. Jenna Loyd and Sarah Moore in the Department of Geography. Her research draws on political geography, postcolonial theory, and political ecology to situate Israel's computer chip manufacturing industry within the region's landscapes of labor, water, and power. She is also pursuing a minor in Science and Technology Studies with the Holtz Center for Science and Technology.
Contact | click to visit my twitter feed

Photo of William Voinot-Baron

William Voinot-Baron
William Voinot-Baron is a doctoral candidate in Cultural Anthropology and a settler of Scottish, French, English, and Ukrainian descent. He was raised on the ancestral and treaty lands of the Coast Salish Peoples in Washington State, and he lives currently on ceded Ho-Chunk lands in Wisconsin. His research explores relationships between humans and non-humans to extend thinking on care beyond clinical and human domains. Specifically, William’s dissertation is an ethnographic examination of the ways in which salmon become both the subjects and material of care in a Yup'ik village in western Alaska, and the consequences of state and federal fishing regulations for Yupiit (plural of Yup'ik) sovereignty and wellbeing. He holds an M.A. in Anthropology from Columbia University and a B.A. in Anthropology and Environmental Studies from Bowdoin College.

Photo of Kevin Walters

Kevin Walters
Kevin is a PhD Candidate studying the intellectual and institutional history of the United States and works as a historian and Strategic Research Coordinator at the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation (WARF). His dissertation in progress is an intellectual biography of University of Wisconsin biochemistry professor Harry Steenbock, the inventor of a vitamin D fortification process and founder of WARF in 1925. Before coming to UW-Madison, Kevin grew up in Temple, Texas, attended the University of Texas at Austin as an undergraduate, completed masters programs in Humanities and History at the University of Texas at Dallas, and worked eight years as a Staffing Planner for the consumer finance division of GE Capital.
Contact | Website | click to visit my twitter feed

Photo of Kiersten Warning

Kiersten Warning
Kiersten worked in a small community in the Himalayan foothills of Southwest China. As a member of an NSF IGERT team, her work in anthropology focuses on understanding the operation of "environment" in a broad sense as she puzzles out some primary cultural underpinnings of gender egalitarian resiliency.

Photo of Kate Wersan

Kate Wersan
I am a graduate student in the History Department where I study early American environmental history. My dissertation focuses on the interrelationship between early American perceptions of nature and ideas about order in natural phenomena, and timekeeping technologies and practices. Since most histories of timekeeping in the US and elsewhere focus on the history of the clock, my research deliberately looks beyond the clock to try to understand how Americans in the long 18th century attempted to know time in more supple and subtle ways than the regular ticking of the clock allowed.
Contact | Website | click to visit my twitter feed

Photo of Pearly Wong

Pearly Wong
Pearly Wong is a Fulbright grantee and a Joint PhD student with the Department of Anthropology and the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies. Prior to coming to Madison, she has worked with grass-root organizations and UN agencies in projects of non-formal education, sustainable housing and climate change adaptation with communities in Nepal, Cameroon, Indonesia and Sri Lanka. With a background in international development, her current interest is on what constitute environmental justice for communities in different ecological and political economy contexts. She is also an avid traveler with experiences in 40 countries.
Contact | Website