How do patterns of the past shape our lives today? In addressing this question, my research illuminates the historical legacies at stake in contemporary environmental issues.

Drawing from training in the humanities, natural sciences, and social sciences, my work combines archival research, ethnographic methods, and a literacy about the sciences of the global environment. I recognize that both historical interpretation and environmental problem-solving require multiple perspectives and thus hold commitments to interdisciplinary collaboration and public engagement. Learn more about my current research projects.


Unfreezing the Arctic: Science, Colonialism, and the Transformation of Inuit Lands (University of Chicago Press, 2016)  Press website  Amazon

(all author royalties to two youth leadership programs in the Arctic: Alaska Youth for Environmental Action and East Three School On the Land Program)

Articles and Book Chapters

with Pey-Yi Chu, “Reorienting World Environmental History: Pedagogy and Scholarship on Cold Places,” Environment and History (forthcoming).

“The Experimental State of Nature: The Canadian Reindeer Project and the Interwar North,” in Stephen Bocking and Brad Martin, eds. Ice Blink: Navigating Northern Environmental History, (University of Calgary Press, forthcoming).

“The Disappearing Arctic? Scientific Narrative, Environmental Crisis, and the Ghosts of Colonial History,” in Anna Westerstahl Stenport, Lill-Ann Körber, and Scott MacKenzie, eds. Arctic Modernities, Environmental Politics, and the Era of the Anthropocene (Palgrave, forthcoming).

“Transnational Modernities: Science, Nation, and Nature in the Report of the Canadian Arctic Expedition 1913-1918,  in Tina Adcock and Edward Jones-Imhotep, eds., Science, Technology, and the Modern in Canada (University of British Columbia Press, forthcoming).

“Cold Places: Movement, Knowledge, Time,” Journal of Environmental Studies and Sciences (2015) doi:10.1007/s13412-015-0260-x.

“The Politics of the ‘New North’: Putting History and Geography at Stake in Arctic Futures,” The Polar Journal (2013).


Read Andrew’s review of Graeme Wynn’s Canada and Arctic North America:  An Environmental History, published in The Northern Review (Fall, 2009).

Read Andrew and Dadit Hidayat’s review of Leichenko and O’Brien’s Environmental Change and Globalization:  Double Exposures, published in Environmental Science and Policy (2009).