Graduate Students

Chelsea Blink's picture Chelsea Blink

History of Science, History of Medicine

Chelsea holds a B.A. in History and Science from Harvard, where she wrote her thesis on psychopharmaceutical marketing, family, and citizenship in Cold War America. She also holds a certificate in Museum Studies from Northwestern. She has worked as a teaching assistant for undergraduate courses in medical sociology, evolutionary biology, and history of science; a Humanist community organizer; a science museum educator; and a cook at a feminist vegetarian restaurant-cum-bookstore. She works on the history of animals in science and medicine, with a particular interest in scientific... Read More

Paul Burow's picture Paul Burow

FES and Anthropology

I am a student in the combined doctoral degree program between the School of Forestry & Environmental Studies and Department of Anthropology at Yale University. My work focuses on wildlife conservation, multi-species entanglements, and settler colonialism in North America’s Pacific and Intermountain West. 

I draw upon Glen Coulthard’s notion of “land as a relationship” in which mutual obligations among human peoples and other-than-human beings constitute the land itself. My dissertation project seeks to explore the ways wildlife conservation is... Read More

Camille Cole's picture Camille Cole


My dissertation uses a group of Ottoman and Iranian notables – tribal leaders, landowners, and entrepreneurs – as nodes through which to investigate the making of multi-imperial space in what is now southern Iraq. The Ottoman, British, and Qajar states all pursued imperial expansion and consolidation in the region roughly bounded by the Tigris-Euphrates-Karun river basin south of Baghdad. In addition to jockeying for political influence with local notables, all three states carried out projects of modernity, including remaking regional trade with steamships and linking the control of... Read More

Sigma Colon

American Studies

Sigma Colón studies the intersections of spatial analysis, environmental, and cultural politics from the late 19th through the 21st century. Her dissertation, “Rivers Seen and Unseen,” examines popular accounts of river regions as vehicles for representing and altering the exploitation of people and rivers. In addition to her work on river systems, as a member of the Yale Working Group on Globalization and Culture she has published work on invasive species as a kind of occupation tied to racialized geographies, as well... Read More

Liana DeMarco's picture Liana DeMarco

History of Science, History of Medicine

Liana DeMarco works on the history of medicine and environmental history in the Americas. Her dissertation traces a transnational history of health culture in Cuba and the Lower Mississippi Valley during the first half of the nineteenth century, arguing that medical and scientific thinkers, health tourists, government officials, and slaveholders formed a cross-colonial knowledge network based on the shared goal of creating landscapes that could maximize both bodily health and agricultural productivity. The project examines changes in medicine, environment,... Read More

Marta Kalabinski


I am a PhD candidate specializing in modern Eastern European history, with a particular interest in the political and social history of Poland. I am interested in ports, post-World War II urban reconstruction, the establishment of the Polish postwar communist regime, and resistance to that regime. My other fields of interest include modern Western Europe and environmental history. I have a BSFS in International History from Georgetown University.

Keri Lambert's picture Keri Lambert


I’m a PhD student specializing in twentieth century African and environmental history. My dissertation, “Planting Trees, Tapping Ghanaians: Cultivating Rubber and Nationhood in 20th Century Ghana,” will explore the ways in which farmers, the state, and transnational companies consolidated land, labor, and capital to develop rubber plantations in colonial and post-colonial Ghana. The rubber industry presents a particularly useful case to observe how Ghanaians in rural areas of the peripheral Western Region have engaged with hegemonic institutions and resources – both natural and social – in... Read More

Adrián Lerner Patrón's picture Adrián Lerner Patrón

Graduate School Student

Environmental history; Latin American history; the history of public health; social and political history

Timothy Lorek's picture Timothy Lorek


Tim Lorek is a PhD candidate in the Department of History. His dissertation, “Developing Paradise: Agricultural Science in Colombia’s Cauca Valley, 1927-1967” examines a long history of agronomy and environmental changes in a Latin American tropical river valley. He is also co-organizer of the international conference “Traveling Technocrats: Experts and Expertise in Cold War Latin America,” held at Yale in October of 2016, and coordinator of Yale’s Agrarian Studies program for the 2016-17 academic year. His dissertation committee includes Gilbert Joseph (Chair), Paul Sabin, Stuart Schwartz... Read More

Ashanti Shih's picture Ashanti Shih

History of Science, History of Medicine

Ashanti was born and raised in Honolulu, Hawai‘i. In 2011, she graduated from the University of California, Berkeley with a bachelor’s degree in History and Art Practice. Her undergraduate thesis explored the history of Japan’s nuclear energy program, focusing on the controversial use of American nuclear fuel in the 1970s.

At Yale, Ashanti studies the history of ecology and environmental history in the Pacific region. Her dissertation, tentatively titled, “Alien Ecologies: Conservation and Identity in Twentieth-century Hawai‘i,” focuses... Read More

Ila Tyagi's picture Ila Tyagi

American Studies and Film Studies

My dissertation, tentatively titled “Seeing the Invisible: The American Oil Industry in Moving Images,” addresses visual solutions to the problem of representing phenomena that elude the eye. Over four chapters, I examine drones equipped with cameras monitoring the enormous spatial sprawl of oilfields in Alaska; guerrilla documentaries looking past BP’s attempts to conceal the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico; animated sequences in Cold War-era sponsored films that depict underground drilling; and early actualities capturing the new appeals to smell, taste, and touch... Read More