Department of History

Bathsheba R. Demuth

Dean’s Associate Professor of History and Environment and Society
85 Waterman Street, Room 204
Areas of Expertise History of Science, Technology, Environment, and Medicine
Office Hours Wednesdays, 1:00-3:00pm and by appointment.


I am an environmental historian, specializing in the lands and seas of the Russian and North American Arctic. My interest in northern environments and cultures began when I was 18 and moved north of the Arctic Circle in the Yukon. For over two years, I mushed huskies, hunted caribou, fished for salmon, tracked bears, and otherwise learned to survive in the taiga and tundra. In the years since, I have lived in and studied Arctic communities across Eurasia and North America. From the archive to the dog sled, I am interested in the how the histories of people, ideas, places, and non-human species intersect.