Research Interests: History of natural history; colonialism in the Americas; collecting expeditions; paleontology and fossil hunting; interactions between scientists and indigenous people; environmental history; human interactions with marine environments; agriculture and aquaculture
Anna Christensen is a PhD student in Harvard’s History of Science Department. Her research focuses on the intersection between natural history and colonialism in the Americas, as well as human interactions with the natural world. She is particularly interested in indigenous and settler forms of engagement with marine environments, plants, and animals. She is interested in looking at how objects in the natural world can facilitate unexpected forms of cultural exchange and how interaction with the natural environment generates culture and technology.
Her BA thesis at the University of Chicago focused on interactions between paleontologists and Native people on America’s western frontier during the late nineteenth century.
BA., History, University of Chicago