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ASEH Early Career Caucus

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Kirke Anderson-Elsass, President


As president of the ECC, I help coordinate the more specialized activities of other officers. I also represent the ECC in communicating with ASEH leadership and am an ex officio voting member of ASEH's Executive Council.

Kirke is a PhD candidate at Montana State, writing a new materialist history of modern cement. His dissertation contains case studies of how cement participated in twentieth-century American cultural development through its application in sidewalks, basements, and prisons.

Hayden Nelson, President-Elect


Hayden is the President-Elect of the Early Career Caucus. He will transition into the role of President following the ASEH 2024 annual conference in Denver.

Hayden L. Nelson is a Ph.D. Candidate in History at the University of Kansas where he specializes in environmental history in the nineteenth-century North American West. His dissertation is a forest history of the North Woods region of northern Wisconsin, Minnesota, Michigan's Upper Peninsula, and Ontario's Lake Superior watershed. 

Kristin Brig-Ortiz, Event Coordinator


As Event Coordinator, Kristin designs, plans, and implements events that benefit ECC members, especially those focused on professional development, networking, and workshopping. If you have an event you would like to see or put on, please reach out to her via email or the ECC Discord.

Kristin Brig-Ortiz is a PhD candidate in the History of Medicine, Science, and Technology at Johns Hopkins University, where she specializes in public health and the environment in colonial Africa. Her dissertation explores how different styles of water management from municipal officials, residents, and the environment itself affected public health interventions in South African port cities.

Marissa Crannell-Ash, Communications Director


Marissa is the Communications Director for the Early Career Caucus and coordinates communication from the Caucus leadership to the members via the ECC listserv. She also maintains the ECC Discord server.

Marissa Crannell-Ash is a Ph.D. Candidate in History at the University of Rochester where she specializes in more-than-human medieval communities. Her dissertation is an investigation of the executions of pigs in fourteenth- and fifteenth- century Burgundy for the murders of human children and the roles of pigs in the communities in which those murders occurred. 

Jasmine Brown, Conference Coordinator


I am the Conference Coordinator for the ASEH Early Career Caucus. My role focuses on organizing social outings and networking opportunities for the Early Career Caucus during the ASEH Conference.

I am a Forestry PhD student at Michigan State University inventorying African and African American Forest History in the United States (1539-present). By looking at forests and the forestry profession, my work sheds light on the overwhelming ecological knowledge of African Americans that spanned species such as oaks, southern pines and sycamores, as well as industries such as paper, pulp, shipbuilding, turpentining and much more.

Kate Carpenter, Mentorship Coordinator


Kate is the ECC Mentorship Coordinator. She is working to establish a mentorship program in ASEH to pair early career researchers with experienced colleagues to connect multiple generations of environmental historians.

Kathryn (Kate) Carpenter is a doctoral candidate at Princeton University who works at the intersection of history of science and environmental history. She is also the creator and host of the podcast Drafting the Past about the craft of writing history.

Denis O’Donoghue, Fundraising Coordinator


As the caucus Fundraising Coordinator, I am working with the ASEH leadership team and volunteers to raise funds for the Together with ASEH campaign. If you are interested in volunteering, please email me! 

I am a doctoral candidate at Stony Brook University, where I study the relationship between humans and animals in early America. 

Doug Sam, DEI Coordinator

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