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Ashanti Shih

Ashanti Shih

Plant Humanities Faculty Resident

Ashanti Shih is an environmental historian who works on issues of race, settler colonialism, and the environmental sciences in the twentieth-century Pacific and American West. Her first book, currently under preparation, explores the history of species belonging, natural preservation, and the US national park system in Hawai‘i, arguing that the natural sciences have been a significant settler colonial force in the islands. Her work has received several awards, including the 2020 Rachel Carson Prize for best dissertation in environmental history from the American Society for Environmental History. Shih is currently a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in Environmental Humanities at Wellesley College.