Meet the NiCHE New Scholars Committee!

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NiCHE is excited to announce the re-formation of the New Scholars committee! The committee is comprised of six members who represent a wide range of environmental history and environmental humanities interests. The committee has a number of exciting plans for the New Scholars community that will be announced in the upcoming weeks and months. Check our Twitter account (@NiCHE_NS) for updates and read ahead to learn more about our committee members!

Heather Rogers

Heather Rogers is a second-year graduate student in McGill University’s Digital Humanities master’s program. Her research interests include digital environmental humanities, botanical history, ecofeminism, and digital preservation. She is interested in how Digital Humanities tools can help tell complex stories within environmental history. With her background in academic librarianship, she is also interested in the intersection of information organization and botanical specimens. Her thesis focuses on the collection of Dr. Dorothy Swales, the first female curator of the McGill University Herbarium, and how digitization and digital storytelling can highlight women’s contributions to botanical knowledge. Her research will also explore a New Materialist approach to understanding the important role of plants in botanical exchanges. In her spare time, she enjoys hiking, gardening, and embroidery. You can find her on Twitter at @Heatherette13

Addie Hopes

Addie Hopes (she/her) is a Ph.D. candidate in the English Department at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She’s the review editor at Edge Effects magazine, an editorial assistant at Contemporary Literature, and a fiction and nonfiction editor at The Hopper. When she’s not writing a dissertation about documentary ecopoetry, she’s thinking about queer and feminist approaches to merpeople and speculative multispecies worlds. She holds an M.F.A. in Fiction from Brooklyn College, CUNY. 

Sritama Chatterjee

I am a fourth year PhD student at University of Pittsburgh. I primarily see myself as a literary and cultural theorist of the Indian Ocean World with an emphasis on what constitutes liveability and ordinariness in Indian Ocean archipelagos. I am committed towards rethinking field work as a methodology in literary studies and teaching students what it means to make worlds in a climate of anti-intellectualism. My writings on water, pedagogy and climate justice have been published in Inside Higher Ed, Environmental History NowArcadiana and Edge Effects. I occasionally reflect on my PhD journey in my blog here: Sritama Chatterjee – Medium.

Brandon Cordeiro

Dr. Brandon J. Cordeiro is an energy historian and environmental historian focusing on nuclear energy. He recently completed his PhD at McMaster University and wrote his dissertation on Canada, modernity, and the nuclear age. He is currently interested in the issue of nuclear waste in northern Ontario. His twitter handle is @bcordeir15

Jody Hodgins

Jody is a PhD Candidate in the Department of History at York University. Her research focuses on histories of the environment, science, animals, and technologies. At York, her dissertation examines animal health practices and the transition to professional veterinary medicine in rural nineteenth and early twentieth-century Ontario. Jody’s past research has looked at how the Canadian Army Veterinary Corps managed to combat disease throughout World War One, and the role that science and culture played in rural settler life. She is also an article editor for the Left History journal. 

Joshua McGuffie

Joshua McGuffie is a doctoral candidate at the University of California, Los Angeles. His research brings together histories of biology and environmental histories of atomic landscapes in the US and the Pacific. Josh first encountered environmental history during his study at Oregon State University, where he earned his MA in 2015 and wrote on environmental scientists who worked at the Hanford nuclear reservation Washington state. A lover of the outdoors, he is happiest when he, his partner and children spend time at the family home in Wainfleet, ON.

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M. Blake Butler

I am an Ottawa-based historian. Much of my research examines Canadian and environmental histories, with an emphasis on winter-based topics. My doctoral dissertation examined the history of snow in Vancouver between the mid-nineteenth century and the end of the twentieth century. I am also currently employed as a historical researcher at Know History. I can be reached at

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