Dissertation

My academic research is motivated by my experiences growing up in a small town on the grasslands and by my interest in how indigenous/traditional ecological knowledge and Euro-American settlers’ scientific knowledge about plants are created, adapted, shared, and received through multiple languages and literatures. In my ecocritical dissertation, I examine the changing relations between humans and plants in North America by analyzing ethnobotanical literature, ranging from early 20th century scientific ethnobotany to contemporary guidebooks, novels, essays, and scholarship influenced by ethnobotany.

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