message from our graduate student liaison

To the graduate student community:

In 2011, graduate students affiliated with the American Society for Environmental History (ASEH) organized a graduate student caucus to represent students' interests within the society and within the profession. Each year the caucus selects a graduate student liaison to organize for the caucus as well as attend the ASEH executive committee meeting. I am honored to have been selected as this year's graduate student liaison.

As liaison, my goal is to help graduate students like you have a voice in shaping the field of environmental history. One way we can achieve a stronger voice in the field is by increasing our membership and participation in the graduate student caucus, especially in the next few months as we gear up for ASEH's annual meeting in Toronto. Whether you are familiar with the caucus or whether this is the first time you are hearing of it, I want to extend a warm welcome for you to join our ranks. Come and share your ideas, suggestions, and concerns about ASEH and the field of environmental history. That is what the caucus is here for: to bridge the geographic divide among graduate students by providing a space (online and at the annual meeting) for conversation, networking, and student organizing.

If you are a graduate student in the field of environmental history and you want to become involved in the caucus, simply send me a note at with a bit of information about yourself and I will add you to our email list. If you have colleagues who also study environmental history, please forward this message and let them know about our endeavor. Share far and wide!

Last year's graduate student liaison, Kara Schlichting, did an excellent job organizing events for the upcoming meeting in Toronto. For example, there will be a Careers Luncheon for Graduate Students on Saturday afternoon, followed by a Graduate Student Writing Workshop. Also note that the graduate student caucus will meet on Friday evening at 6:15pm immediately preceding the graduate student reception. See the Toronto conference program for more info. We hope to see you in Toronto!

With gratitude and optimism,
Gregory Rosenthal
ASEH Graduate Student Liaison