Endless Summer Faculty

  • Matthew J. Connelly
    • Matthew J. Connelly is the Director of the Hertog Global Strategy Initiative. He also directs Columbia’s Dual Master’s Degree Program in International and World History with the London School of Economics and co-edits a series on global history for Columbia University Press. He is a professor of history at Columbia University, and has held visiting positions at the University of Sydney, Sciences Po, and the University of Oslo. His courses at Columbia include International and Global History since World War II, The End of Empires, and The Future as History. Connelly earned a Ph.D. from Yale University and a B.A. from Columbia University. His latest book, Fatal Misconception: The Struggle to Control World Population, is the first global history of the population control movement. It was an Economist and Financial Times book of the year. His first book, A Diplomatic Revolution: Algeria’s Fight for Independence and the Origins of the Post-Cold War Era, garnered five prizes and will soon be published in French by Payot-Rivages. In addition to publishing in academic journals, Connelly has written articles on foreign policy for The Atlantic Monthly, The Wilson Quarterly, and The National Interest and has commented on current affairs for media outlets including The New York Times, The History Channel, and the BBC.
  • James R. Fleming
    • Dr. James R. Fleming is a historian of science and technology and Professor of Science, Technology and Society at Colby College.  He is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and the American Meteorological Society (AMS), series editor of Palgrave Studies in the History of Science and Technology, contributing author to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, and chair-elect of the AAAS Section on Societal Impacts of Science and Engineering. Dr. Fleming earned a B.S. in astronomy from Pennsylvania State University, an M.S. in atmospheric science from Colorado State University, and an M.A. and Ph.D. in history from Princeton University.  He has held a number of major fellowships and lectureships, including the Charles A. Lindbergh Chair in Aerospace History at the Smithsonian Institution, the Roger Revelle Fellowship of the AAAS, the H. Burr Steinbach Lectureship at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute, the Gordon Cain Conference Fellowship at the Chemical Heritage Foundation, a Woodrow Wilson Center policy scholarship, and a Scholar’s Award from the US National Science Foundation. Jim’s books include Meteorology in America, 1800-1870 (Johns Hopkins University Press, 1990), Historical Perspectives on Climate Change (Oxford University Press, 1998), and Fixing the Sky: The checkered history of weather and climate control (Columbia University Press, 2010)—winner of the 2011 Sally Hacker Prize from the Society for the History of Technology and the Louis J. Battan Author’s Award from the AMS.  He is writing a history of the “Emergence of Atmospheric Science,” editing a book on the history of “Toxic Airs,” and connecting the environmental humanities with the Anthropocene.

Endless Summer Students

  • Daniel Cohen
    • Daniel Aldana Cohen is a PhD candidate in sociology at New York University (NYU). Daniel has worked as a writer and editor in Toronto and South America and is the co-editor of Notes From Canada’s Young Activists (Greystone, 2007). At NYU, he contributed to and helped edit the Social Science Research Council’s online coverage of the Occupy movement, has been an assistant editor at Public Culture, and is a member of the NYLON research network, based at NYU’s Institute for Public Knowledge (IPK). In the fall of 2012, he co-founded Superstorm Research Lab, a research collective also hosted by IPK, which is investigating Superstorm Sandy’s impact on New York politics. His dissertation research analyzes the (often invisible) social and political tensions of urban climate politics in global cities, especially São Paulo and New York. He is especially interested in struggles over housing, transit, and land use. In the spring of 2013, his writing about climate justice and the Occupy movement appeared in Public Books, the NACLA Report on the Americas, and at the Center for Humans and Nature.
  • Chantal Davis
    • Chantal Davis is a senior at Tufts University double-majoring in International Relations and Environmental Studies. Originally from Berlin, Germany, she spent her high school years in Oakland, California, where she discovered her passion for the environment. At Tufts, she has promoted sustainability through her involvement with the Tufts Sustainability Collective and Eco Reps program, and helps organize the annual Tufts Energy Conference, which explores solutions to today’s energy crisis. During a class on International Environmental Negotiations, she became intrigued by the challenges encountered in past climate change conferences, and hopes to pursue a career in climate diplomacy. Chantal has conducted biological field research in both Costa Rica and the Bahamas, and looks forward to expanding her research experience through the Hertog Global Strategy Initiative. She hopes her work this summer will lead to a senior honors thesis.
  • John Doyle-Raso
    • As an undergraduate, I studied peace studies, sociology, and biology at McMaster University. Prior to my graduate studies, I was able to do interview-based research in rural Tanzania regarding village-level water governance, and later to work in the canvassing department of the Toronto office of Greenpeace Canada. As a graduate student, I am interested in the politics of resource management, especially of water. I am working on my thesis regarding the engineering of Lake Victoria in the colonial era.
  • Didrik Dyrdal
    • Didrik is a student at the MA programme in World and International History at Columbia and LSE about to start on his second year. Before coming to Columbia, he received his BA in history from the University of Oslo and spent time as an exchange student at Cambridge University and the University of Cape Town. Didrik is interested in environmental history and especially people’s understanding of the human impact on the ocean. In his dissertation, he plans to examine how developments in science and the adoption of industrial methods of fishing and whaling created anxieties about what we would now call sustainability in the early decades of the twentieth century. Didrik believes that he has regrettably spent too much time in the ivory tower, and sees the Hertog programme as a way to explore if there are uses to history and how scholarship can be combined with activism.
  • Ben Eckersley
    • Ben Eckersley is a graduate of Columbia University from earlier this year, where he studied history with a focus on economic and environmental history and the history of science. His thesis was a study of British Colonial conceptions of economic development in the Interwar years through the case of the Nigerian oil palm industry. Apart from his work in history, he has done research in urban economics and worked extensively in a behavioral ecology lab. Next year, he will take a teaching fellowship at a Chinese university.
  • Julia Flagg
    • Julia Flagg is entering her third year as an MA/PhD student in Environmental Sociology at Rutgers University. Her research interests include environmental politics, disasters, climate change, risk communication, and Latin America. She is currently working on three projects. The first is a quantitative project on Hurricane Katrina survivors’ interpretations of the disaster, and the relationship between these interpretations and their associations with other people. The second project uses ethnographic interviews to study the effects of Hurricane Sandy on commercial fishermen in New Jersey. The third project is a case study of Costa Rica’s recent adoption of a carbon neutral pledge. Before coming to Rutgers, she earned her BA in Sociology, Spanish and Environmental Studies from The College of New Jersey. As part of her degree, she studied in Costa Rica and worked with the country’s urban recycling program. For her undergraduate thesis she studied the environmental attitudes and behaviors, specifically those related to recycling, of students and faculty at her college. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling and running. In May 2013, she ran her first marathon.
  • Maxwell Frank
    • Maxwell Frank is a senior at the University of Chicago, where he is completing a degree in Economic History with a minor in Music. His research interests include industry and empire in Britain in the eighteenth century, the history of fossil fuel cornucopias, and business history in the late twentieth century. While taking classes at the U of C by day, Max also served as the programming director and part-time projectionist of the repertory film society Doc Films – where he screened kung fu, French/Chinese gangster, Studio Ghibli, and Woody Allen movies by night. In addition to his academic interests, Max writes about the film industry for the Chicago Maroon, contributes to The Point magazine, and plays in a heavy metal band or two.
  • Rafael Grillo
    • A native of Costa Rica and resident of Texas, Rafael Grillo is a rising senior at Princeton University, where he majors in Politics with concentrations in Comparative Politics and Research Methods, and pursues certificates in Political Economy, Chinese Language & Culture, and Environmental Studies.  His interests lie in the political economy of development.  Specifically, he is interested in how government policy shapes and is shaped by regional and international markets and institutions, and how an understanding of the mechanisms at work can be used to promote sustainable economic growth and environmental development.  His previous research has included analyzing how democratic capital and economic growth promote favorable climate change policy, and plans to continue this line of research this summer by examining how global institutions influence the development of favorable environmental policy in transitioning countries. At school, Rafael has participated in the Ballroom Dance Team, WPRB Radio, the Law and Public Affairs Program, and Princeton Against Sex Trafficking, and has conducted research in the areas of immigration, fertilizer use, and the Arab Spring.
  • Gabriel Henderson
    • Gabriel Henderson is a Ph.D. Candidate in Michigan State University’s (MSU) History Department.  He has received graduate fellowships from both the American Geophysical Union and the American Meteorological Society, and received multiple research and travel grants from the History Department and Graduate College at MSU.  He received his B.A. in Economics and Sociology at Ohio Wesleyan University, and an M.A. in the History of Science from Iowa State University.  He has presented at multiple conferences about the ways that values inform the claims of atmospheric scientists, as well as the relationships between prophecy and science.  Recently, he presented on, organized and chaired a panel for the 2012 History of Science Society Annual Meeting entitled, “Future Visions: The Cultural Landscape of Prediction and Prophecy in Post-WWII American Science.”  He is presently conducting doctoral research in multiple archives – including archives in Boulder, CO, Washington, D.C., Urbana-Champaign, IL, and College Park, MD — while writing his dissertation tentatively titled, Under Construction: The Cautionary Ethos, “Alarmism,” and the Public Practice of Climate Science, 1957-1988.
  • Christine Kiilerich
    • Christine graduated with highest honors from the University of California, Berkeley in 2010 with a B.A. in English Literature. Her honors thesis explored the development of American environmental consciousness since the mid-19th Century, the intersection of contemporary social norms and the origin myths specific to the American West, and the evolving expression of Nature in art and literature. In the intervening two years, Christine has traveled extensively in Italy, Japan and Mexico with an interest in the implications of global climate change and the potential for collective, cross-cultural solutions. Recently, and through her work at a LEED-certified civil engineering and land-surveying firm in Northern California, Christine has begun to investigate the economic and legal aspects of local land development and property rights in relation to environmental conservation. Christine will be joining the dual Ma/MSc World and International History program at Columbia and the London School of Economics this fall where she will continue to explore local and global relationships to the environment and responses to climate change through policy and culture.
  • Hallen Korn
    • Hallen Korn is an undergraduate at Columbia University, majoring in History with a focus on American foreign policy and international law. Hallen is a Humanity in Action Fellow, after studying the history of social action and human rights in Europe in the summer of 2012. Hallen’s work experience includes working at the United States Mission to the United Nations, as a Research Assistant at the Saltzman Institute for War and Peace Studies, and at the NGO Working Group on Women, Peace, and Security at the United Nations. Hallen has also been a staff member for the annual National Model United Nations Conference in New York for several years. Guided by a strong belief in the illuminating power of history to bring perspective and guidance to contemporary controversy, Hallen aspires to be an academic, writer, and educator whose retrospective focus has pertinent implications.
  • Sarah Kraus
    • Sarah Kraus is a senior at the University of Kansas at Lawrence. She is completing a double major in Environmental Studies and East Asian Language and Culture, with a specialization in Chinese Language and Literature. Before attending KU, she served in the U.S. Navy as a Chinese Linguist and worked for Greenpeace NYC, where she became interested in environmental justice and climate change. These interests prompted her involvement in several student organizations, such as the Student Farm, Veggie Lunch, and Environs and Eco-justice, of which she is President. As president, Sarah initiated an anti-bottled water campaign at called “Take Back the Tap,” and helped start the KU Divestment Team. For her honors thesis, she is focusing on urban ecovillages’ influence on their surrounding community and local government in terms of mitigating and adapting to climate change. Additionally, Sarah works as a research assistant to Dr. Kelly Kindscher at the Kansas Biological Survey, who specializes in Native medicinal plants.
  • Yvonne Maingey
    • Yvonne Maingey is a law school graduate of the London School of Economics and is a May 2012 Master’s graduate in the Environmental Education program at New York University. She is currently pursuing her PhD in Climate Change and Adaptation at the University of Nairobi. In addition to serving as a junior board member and a Youth Advisor for the Africa region to UNEP, as a teen Yvonne hosted a children’s television program where she taught children arts and crafts using waste materials and interviewed various Heads of State and environmental leaders from around the world. She has written articles as well as edited several UNEP publications including the African Environmental Outlook for Youth and the Tunza Workbook and continues to use her experiences to develop her skills to be a better environmental leader in her country, Kenya.
  • Justin McBrien
    • Justin McBrien is a doctoral student at the University of Virginia studying twentieth-century history of science, technology and the environment. His research investigates the relationship between the earth sciences, cold war geopolitics and the rise of global environmentalism. He is currently analyzing the institutional networks involved in weather modification and nuclear weapons testing during the 1950s, and how expert debate over environmental uncertainties arising from these experiments legitimated a statistical politics of risks and measurements centered upon the modeling of the future. By framing risks within a new concept of humanity as a planetary actor that could inadvertently precipitate global-scale catastrophes, these scientists helped to create both the rhetoric and methods that would characterize international efforts to deal with environmental problems from the 1960s onward.
  • Bowen Pan
    • Bowen (Wendy) Pan just finished her undergraduate study at Purdue University on May 2013 with a bachelor’s degree in atmospheric science. She is always interesting in investigations containing climate change issues from diverse perspectives. During her undergraduate study, she had done research in El Niño and anthropogenic climate change. Moreover, she likes to learn the policy making process related to sustainable development in developing countries. Not only is she capable of using equations and computer models to prove the climate change, but she would also like to understand “climate change” with history and international perspectives. Her research interest is using the GIS (Geographic Information System) as a method to investigate the climate change.
  • Patrick Reed
    • Last year, Patrick Reed was accepted as a sophomore into the Yale Environmental Studies program, and served as the year’s President of the Yale Student Environmental Coalition. Previously, Patrick was an assistant to the VP of Policy and Lobbying at the League of Conservation Voters, and an Organizing Fellow at the Energy Action Coalition. He helped design strategy for the 2011 Green Schools Alliance’s Student Climate and Conservation Congress, for which he was awarded the Joseph A. Piehuta leadership prize, which entailed the planting of one hundred trees in the Plumas National Forest by the Department of the Interior. He is a DJ on WYBC Yale Radio. Patrick is a 2011 graduate of Sidwell Friends School in Washington, D.C., and a 2010 graduate of the Mountain School of Milton Academy in Vermont.

Endless Summer Staff

  • Nicole Ferraiolo (Program Coordinator)
    • Nicole Ferraiolo is the Program Coordinator of The Hertog Global Strategy Initiative and the Columbia-LSE MA/MSc program in International and World History. Nicole joined the Department of History staff after graduating with distinction (highest honors) from the MA/MSc program in the summer of 2011. While in graduate school, Nicole received the Columbia University Alliance Fellowship to study Spanish and Haitian Creole in the Dominican Republic and to work in archives in Puerto Rico and Washington D.C. Her ensuing thesis, “Charitable Imperialism and the Hurricane of San Ciriaco: Ideology, Humanitarian Partnerships and the Formation of American Relief Policy (Puerto Rico, 1899-1901),” was awarded the Richard Hofstadter Prize for Best Dissertation. Prior to her graduate studies, Nicole spent two years in French Guiana teaching English as a foreign language and working in the French Ministry of Education as a translator and international exchange coordinator. Originally from Palo Alto, California, Nicole attended the University of Colorado-Boulder on a Presidents Leadership Institute scholarship, where she received her B.A. in history with a minor in French.
  • Nelson Castaño
    • Nelson is a Research Assistant and Events Associate for the 2013 Hertog Global Strategy Initiative. He is in his 4th year of pursuing a B.A. in History and American Studies at Columbia University. He specializes in nineteenth- and twentieth- century United States History, with a special interest in law, policy, and social justice. By honing in on these specific periods and contexts, he hopes to use the wealth of granular, historical information to frame the larger questions of human and civil rights. Although his specialization is the history of the United States, he has expanded the scope of his interests to a global level while at Columbia. He values the study of history because it has provided the foundations with which to understand the continuous struggle of man and country for resources, power, and control, and the resulting effects of these goals.
  • Cathi Choi
    • Cathi is a Research Assistant and Events Associate for the 2013 Hertog Global Strategy Initiative. She earned a B.A. in History and Art History from Columbia University in May 2013. She specialized in International History, with a focus on U.S.-Korea relations. She was a participant in the 2012 Hertog Global Strategy Initiative, during which time she researched the history of British Malaya, with a focus on colonial surveillance of Pan-Asianism, Indian nationalism, and the Khilafat Movement. She received the Weatherhead M.A. Training Grant for language study at Yonsei University this summer, and will be entering the MA/MSc program in the fall of 2013.
  • Brittany Edmoundson
    • Brittany Edmoundson is the Curriculum and Research Coordinator for the 2013 Hertog Global Strategy Initiative. She will begin her Ph.D. in History at New York University in the fall. Brittany received her B.A. in History with departmental honors from Columbia University in 2012. Her senior thesis, “Anatomy of a Tragedy: Agent Orange During the Vietnam War,” was awarded the Chanler Historical Prize for best essay on the history of civil government. She was a senior editor of the Columbia Undergraduate Journal of History and participated in the Hertog Program in the summer of 2011. After graduating from Columbia, she worked at Lapham’s Quarterly and as a research assistant to Robert Neer on his recently published book, Napalm: An American Biography. Her research interests include cold war environmental politics, U.S. foreign policy in Latin America, and the relationship between international criminal law and international environmental law.
  • Lindsey Weaver
    • Lindsey Weaver is the Media and Communications Coordinator for The Hertog Global Strategy Initiative. She just completed her first year of the Columbia-LSE MA/MSc program in International and World History. In addition to her work with Hertog, Lindsey received the Columbia University Alliance Fellowship to conduct archival research this summer for her thesis, tentatively titled: “Braceros Documentados: Representations of Bracero Migrants in Cold War Popular Culture, 1954-1959.” A Colorado native, Lindsey attended the University of Colorado at Boulder where she received her B.A. in Anthropology (summa cum laude) and Political Science. Her anthropology honors thesis explored the history and dynamics of immigration in her hometown of Greeley, with a particular focus on the multiple influences on identity formation within the Latino as well as Anglo communities. Upon graduating in 2008, Lindsey worked on a successful congressional campaign, which provided a springboard for her to move to Washington, D.C. For two years, Lindsey was the Legislative Correspondent in Congresswoman Betsy Markey’s office, handling the legislative portfolio for immigration and homeland security as well as managing constituent correspondence. Following the 2010 campaign season, Lindsey left Capitol Hill and began working in government relations for the Pew Center on the States, a division of The Pew Charitable Trusts. In 2012, Lindsey moved to New York to begin her M.A. at Columbia.

Expert Participants

For information about this summer’s expert participants, please visit our Lecture Series page.