The Edge Effects editorial board is composed of eight CHE graduate students and one CHE faculty adviser.
Bailey Albrecht is a PhD student in the History Department interested in how people have shaped environments. In her current research, she explores how developed nations like Japan are able to green themselves in part because they rely on the natural resources of less developed nations, such as Indonesia. Contact.
Jake Blanc is a PhD candidate in Latin American history at UW-Madison. His dissertation focuses on the intersection of land tenure and political opposition during Brazil’s dictatorship, looking at the history of the Itaipu dam and the mobilizations of rural workers. Contact.
Rachel Boothby serves as Managing Editor for Edge Effects and is a PhD student in the Geography department studying the cultural geography and environmental history of the US food system. Her dissertation explores modern American processing and consumption of pigs. Contact.
Helen J. Bullard is a research-based storyteller, with a particular interest in animals. Often taking a poetry/prose hybrid form, her storytelling also includes performance, video work, sculpture, and photography. She is currently working towards a custom-made PhD in Interdisciplinary Arts and Science, focused around the horseshoe crab. Contact.
Rachel Gross is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of History at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her dissertation, “From Buckskin to Gore-Tex: Consumption as a Path to Mastery in Twentieth-Century American Wilderness Recreation,” explores the cultural, intellectual, and environmental history of the outdoor gear industry.
Brian Hamilton is a Ph.D. candidate in the History Department at the University of Wisconsin-Madison writing a dissertation entitled “Cotton’s Keepers: Black Agricultural Expertise in Slavery and Freedom.” He is also the lead author of Gaylord Nelson and Earth Day: The Making of the Modern Environmental Movement. Twitter. Contact.
Elizabeth Hennessy serves as the faculty advising editor for Edge Effects and is Assistant Professor of World Environmental History in the Nelson Institute and History Department. A geographer by training, she is currently writing a book entitled “On the Backs of Tortoises: The Past and Future of Evolution in the Galápagos Islands.” Website. Contact.
Carl Sack is a Ph.D. student in the Geography Department. He is interested in web mapping and how maps are shaped by the values placed on a landscape by society, as well as the effects of resource extraction on nature and communities. His Master's Thesis focused on wikimapping landscape values in the Bad River Watershed of northern Wisconsin.
Emmanuel Urey was born in a small rural village in Bong County, Liberia. He holds a BSc, MPH, MSc and is now pursuing a PhD at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA. His research focuses on the relationship between rural people’s health & livelihoods, land tenure and state control.
Stepha Velednitsky is an MS student in the Department of Geography examining the nuanced interactions of migration, labor, and water within Israel's computer chip manufacturing landscape. Within her research, the semiconductor industry emerges not only as a producer of electronics, but also of nationalized territory.
Kate Wersan is a Ph.D. candidate in the University of Wisconsin-Madison Department of History. Specializing in the environmental and cultural history of the United States, her research examines the environmental history of American timekeeping practices from 1660 to 1920, exploring the tangled truth that in order to know where you are, you also have to know when you are. Website. Contact.