Ashanti Shih

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I was born and raised in Honolulu, Hawai‘i. In 2011, I graduated from the University of California, Berkeley with a BA in History and Art Practice.
At Yale, I study the history of ecology and environmental history in the Pacific region. My dissertation focuses on the history of invasion biology, conservation, and identity in twentieth-century Hawai‘i. Through archival research and oral history interviews, I am exploring the relationship between environmental management projects and local and native peoples. My scholarship has been generously supported by the Richard U. Light Foundation, the MacMillan Center, the National Science Foundation, and the Bogaty/Crowley Fund for Japanese History and Japanese Studies.
Social justice issues are important to me, especially as they pertain to the environmental realm. I’m active in the Asian American community at Yale and helped found the History, Science, and Justice Collective of HSHM. I have also chaired the Earth and Environment Forum (EEF) of the History of Science Society, and have contributed to the following online initiatives:, H-Envirohealth, and Seeds: New Research in Environmental History.
Primary interests:
History of ecology, environmental history, Asian American studies, Pacific Islander studies, visual studies, postcolonial studies