The Edge Effects editorial board is composed of graduate students and a faculty advisor from the University of Wisconsin–Madison’s Center for Culture, History, and Environment.
Adam Behrman is a Ph.D. student in the History Department at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. He holds a B.S. in Atmospheric Science from The Ohio State University and a M.A. in History from Boise State University. Adam worked as a meteorologist for 10 years before returning to the academic world. He is currently interested in exploring how the sources of pollution generated along the oil commodity chain have varying impacts across the different physical, social, cultural, and ethnic geographies of Mexico in the twentieth century. Contact.
Oindrila Chattopadhyay is a graduate student at the Department of History, at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, 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. Website. Contact.
Brian Hamilton is Interim Managing Editor of Edge Effects and a Ph.D. candidate in the History Department at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. He is 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 for Environmental Studies and History Department at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. 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.
Addie Hopes is a Literary Studies graduate student in the English Department at University of Wisconsin–Madison. Her current research focuses narratives of toxicity, extinction, and multispecies communities in contemporary American fiction. Contact.
Sara Gabler Thomas is a Ph.D. student in Literary Studies at the University of Wisconsin–Madison where she studies twenty- and twenty-first century American literature and culture. She holds a M.A. in English from the University of Mississippi, and her current research looks at representations of embodiment and aesthetics, humanism, and technologies of racialization in contemporary fiction and poetry. Contact.
Emmanuel Urey was born in a small rural village in Bong County, Liberia. He holds a B.Sc., M.P.H., M.Sc., and is now pursuing a Ph.D. at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. His research focuses on the relationship between rural people’s health & livelihoods, land tenure and state control. Contact.
Stepha Velednitsky is an M.S. student in the Department of Geography at the University of Wisconsin–Madison 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. Twitter. Contact.
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 Twitter. Contact.
The following scholars have served on the Edge Effects editorial board since the magazine’s founding in October 2014.
Bailey Albrecht is a Ph.D. student in the History Department at the University of Wisconsin–Madison 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.
Mohammed Rafi Arefin is a Ph.D. Student in Geography at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. His research interests include urban geography, waste, psychoanalytic geography, and development. He explores these interests in projects on the relationship between garbage, culture, power, and politics. His work has taken him to Cairo to examine the politics of garbage in the January 25 Revolution. Other projects include work on representations of hoarding and hazardous waste. Contact.
Jake Blanc (Ph.D., UW–Madison, 2017) teaches Latin American history at the University of Edinburgh. His first book is a history of rural mobilization and political opposition during Brazil's military regime, tracing the struggles of farming and indigenous communities displaced by the Itaipu mega dam to understand the experience of dictatorship and democracy in the countryside. He is also co-editor of Big Water: The Making of the Borderlands between Brazil, Argentina, and Paraguay (University of Arizona Press, 2018). Twitter. Contact.
Rachel Boothby is a former managing editor of Edge Effects and a Ph.D. student in the Geography Department at the University of Wisconsin–Madison studying the cultural geography and environmental history of the U.S. 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 at the University of Wisconsin–Madison working towards a custom-made Ph.D. in Interdisciplinary Arts and Science, focused around the horseshoe crab. Contact.
William Cronon served as a faculty advising editor of Edge Effects and is Frederick Jackson Turner and Vilas Research Professor of History, Geography, and Environmental Studies at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. An environmental historian, he is currently completing a book entitled "Saving Nature in Time: Toward the Rebirth of Environmentalism," and is also writing a history of Portage, Wisconsin from the late Pleistocene to the present. Website. Twitter. Contact.
Daniel Grant is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Geography at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. He is working on a dissertation that examines how people we don’t typically think of when considering water history in the American West—undocumented immigrants, border patrol agents, Cocopah Indians, ditch riders (zanjeros), and irrigators—interacted with water and one another in the California borderlands, and the different meanings of water that we can extract from such interactions. Website. Twitter. Contact.
Spring Greeney is a Ph.D. student in the University of Wisconsin–Madison History Department working on a cultural and environmental history of American domesticity: Catharine Beecher to Betty Friedan, complicated by all the vigorous housewives and reluctant homebuyers populating this 150-year story. She is also a runner. Twitter. 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. Website. Twitter. Contact.
Nathan Jandl was a member of the founding editorial board for Edge Effects and later served as Managing Editor. He received his Ph.D. in English from the University of Wisconsin–Madison in 2016, having written a dissertation entitled "Counter-Love: The Social Dimensions of Environmental Attachment in Twentieth-Century American Literature." He also writes narrative nonfiction and takes photographs, both of which can be accessed via his website. Twitter. Contact.
Richard Keller is Associate Dean of the University of Wisconsin–Madison International Division and a professor in the Department of Medical History and Bioethics. His research lies at the intersection of the history and ethnography of European and global health. His most recent book is Fatal Isolation: The Devastating Paris Heat Wave of 2003 (University of Chicago Press, 2015), which examines intersections of human and environmental vulnerability in the worst natural disaster in French history. Website. Contact.
Garrett Dash Nelson is currently a postdoctoral fellow at the Dartmouth College Society of Fellows and Department of Geography. He was a PhD student at the University of Wisconsin–Madison Department of Geography from 2011 to 2016. He works on the historical geography of planning and design, and is interested in how changing landscapes track with changes in ideas about community and the state.
Eric Nost is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Geography at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. His research explains how digital technologies inform environmental policy. He also uses mapping as a way to explore and illustrate the hidden costs of environmental policy. Website. Twitter. Contact.
Carl Sack is a Ph.D. student in the Geography Department at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. 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. Website. Twitter. Contact.
Kaitlin Stack Whitney is a Visiting Scholar appointed jointly in the Environmental Science and Science, Technology, and Society departments at the Rochester Institute of Technology, where She teaches environmental policy and conservation biology. Her current research focuses on the history and futures of wildlife conservation in transportation corridors.Twitter. Contact.
Rebecca Summer is a Ph.D. student in the Department of Geography at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. 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 American cities and the role they play in urban development, social life, and neighborhood change. She has also researched the relationship between historic preservation and gentrification. Website. Contact.
John Suval is a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Wisconsin–Madison specializing in nineteenth-century U.S. political and environmental history. His dissertation—a meditation on the nature of Jacksonian Democracy, with all its promise and discontents—explores how squatters on western lands transformed from land-taking agents of Manifest Destiny to foot soldiers in battles over slavery that sundered the nation in the lead-up to the Civil War. Prior to graduate school, John worked as a journalist and environmental media producer. Contact.