I’m Adam Mandelman, an environmental historian and cultural geographer.
My dissertation is a historical geography of water in the Mississippi River delta from about 1718 to 2012. My research relied on a diverse range of archival documents, “landscape reading,” and interviews. Lying at the intersections of cultural and historical geography, environmental history, and the history of science, my work draws on interdisciplinary literatures focused on water and wetlands, cultural landscapes, health and environment, infrastructure, and scientific objects. The project was directed by William Cronon in the Department of Geography at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. My dissertation committee also included Craig Colten, Nancy Langston, Paul Robbins, Erika Marin-Spiotta, and Matthew Turner.
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