If it is true that hindsight is 20/20 then this should be a good year for historians. At the very least, we at NiCHE are feeling pretty good about ourselves in this new year thanks to the new, stellar talent in our midst! Please join us in welcoming Heather Green, Justin Fisher (New Scholars representative), Blair Stein, and Jessica van Horssen to the NiCHE executive board. You will be seeing a lot of their contributions over the coming year; take a few minutes to learn a bit about who they are.
Dr. Heather Green
Heather Green is a specialist in environmental and Indigenous histories, particularly mining and resource extraction in the circumpolar North, environmental tourism, and energy production and Indigenous activism in the American Southwest. She is an assistant professor in the Department of History at Saint Mary’s University.
Heather earned her PhD from the University of Alberta in 2018 and held a postdoctoral fellowship with the Wilson Institute for Canadian History at McMaster University and a Fulbright Canada Research Scholar fellowship with the Department of American Indian Studies at the University of Arizona. Heather also served as NiCHE’s New Scholars representative before joining the executive as an editor. You can find her on Twitter @heathergreen21
Justin Fisher is a PhD candidate in history at the University of Saskatchewan. He became interested in environmental history during his MA at King’s College London and his current work is focused on energy history in Saskatchewan, with a particular interest in fossil fuel development. Justin was born and raised in Saskatoon and focuses much of his own energy on local grassroots initiatives, including organizing with Climate Justice Saskatoon and co-hosting a weekly community radio show called From the Ground Up. He’s an avid cyclist and an enthusiastic camper. He sometimes tweets at @_JustinFisher_.
Dr. Blair Stein
Blair Stein is an Assistant Professor of History at Clarkson University in northern New York, where she teaches mostly courses in the history of science and technology. She completed her PhD in History of Science at the University of Oklahoma in 2019, where her research focused on the role of Trans Canada Air Lines in maintaining and subverting “envirotechnical” identity in Canada. Her current book project takes a longer look at aviation as part of Canadian envirotechnicality, from the nation’s first controlled powered flight to the jet age. Her work has appeared in Scientia Canadensis, Technology and Culture, and in Made Modern: Science and Technology in Canadian History (UBC Press, 2018). Her Twitter handle is @BlairStein9
Dr. Jessica van Horssen
Jessica van Horssen is a Senior Lecturer in North American History at Leeds Beckett University. Her research focuses on environmental health and contamination, beginning with her first book, A Town Called Asbestos: Environmental Contamination, Health, and Resilience in a Resource Community (2014). This work has led to subsequent projects examining the intersection of environment, industry, and human health. She has a commitment to bringing her academic work to a larger audience, believing that history has a use in current popular discourse. You can find her on Twitter @Historiamagoria.
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