Graduate Students

Kamil Ahsan's picture Kamil Ahsan

Graduate School Student

Environmental history; coral reefs; history of biology; pacific history

Paul Burow's picture Paul Burow

FES and Anthropology

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

Land, Wildlife Conservation, Multi-species Entanglements, Settler Colonialism, Native North America, Environmental Humanities

John D'Amico's picture John D'Amico


John D’Amico works on the social and economic history of Tokugawa Japan, with a particular interest in the relationship between merchant capital and society. His recent research has focused on topics ranging from land redevelopment after famine in northeast Japan to changes in the urban social order of Kyoto in the 19th century.

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

Breeanna Elliott's picture Breeanna Elliott

History of Science, History of Medicine

Ethnobotany; oral history; gender; Indian Ocean slave trade networks; traditional medicine and healing systems in Madagascar and Tanzania

Molly Harris's picture Molly Harris


Public health history, environmental history, twentieth century US history, environmental and public health politics, corporate pollution

Peter Haskin's picture Peter Haskin


Latin American history, cartography, religious history

Chelsea Jack's picture Chelsea Jack


Chelsea Jack is a PhD student in the Anthropology Department at Yale University. Her ethnographic and historically-oriented dissertation project begins with the following question: under what conditions are people in unexpected places in the U.S. farming and experimenting with “industrial hemp,” a recently legalized variety of cannabis, for therapeutic and regenerative purposes? She is looking at how diverse experimental communities of scientists, farmers, processors, and consumers in America today are participating in a hemp revival.
Her work has been generously... Read More
Marta Kalabinski


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

Caitlin Kossmann's picture Caitlin Kossmann

History of Science and Medicine

Global histories of conservation and environment, aesthetics and science, history of the life sciences, meanings of nature/natural in the history of science

Charlotte Leib's picture Charlotte Leib

Graduate School Student

Research interests: 

US history; environmental history; landscape history; histories of the built environment; geography; urban studies; environmental justice.

Bio: Charlotte is a doctoral student in the Department of History and member of the Environmental Humanities and Environmental History cohorts. Her work focuses on histories of the built environment, landscape architecture, and the perceptions,... Read More
Joanna Linzer's picture Joanna Linzer


Mountains; environmental history; Tokugawa Japan; early modern Japan

Oliver Lucier's picture Oliver Lucier

History of Science and Medicine

Research interests: 

History of geography, history of the Earth sciences, environmental history


Oliver Lucier is a PhD student in the History of Science and Medicine Program at Yale University. His current research aims to explore the development of geography and environmental science within the broader contexts of colonialism, the growth of capitalism, slavery and its legacies, and the agency of colonial scientists. In 2018 he graduated from Rice University with a BA in History with honors, a BS in... Read More

Chris Melvin's picture Chris Melvin


Chris Melvin is a second-year PhD student in Latin American and environmental history at Yale University currently working on the history of development and indigenous politics in twentieth-century Latin America. 

Thomas Monaghan's picture Thomas Monaghan


Sugar in Japan; society and the environment; commodities and trade; technology transfers; local history; agricultural experiments; island societies; Brazil and the Caribbean.

Sarah Pickman's picture Sarah Pickman


material culture, extreme environments, history of exploration, polar regions, history of anthropology, British and American imperialism, indigenous approaches to environment

Taylor Rose's picture Taylor Rose


19th and 20th century US environmental history, North American West, race and identity, rural space and place, federal land management, transportation infrastructure

Marshall Watson's picture Marshall Watson


Marshall Watson is a doctoral student in the Department of History whose fields include Ottoman, modern Middle East, and global environmental history. His research interests lie in the emergence of the modern Middle East and the transformation of non-state spaces into governed geographies. Presently he is working on a project that traces the intellectual legacies of orientalist thought in colonial resource management schemes. These themes are buttressed by his academic and personal interest in anarchist philosophy.
Teona Williams's picture Teona Williams

History and African American Studies

U.S environmental history, political ecology, race and ethnic studies, environmental justice, digital humanities, and African American history