Bethany Ramsden

bethany photoI graduated from The University of Hull in 2017 with a 2:1 BA (Hons) Degree in English and History and am currently studying a Masters at Newcastle University. After studying the modules ‘Animal Histories’ and ‘Into the Wild’ at the University of Hull, I became particularly passionate about the study of Environmental History with a specific focus on the United States of America. Researching into individual Native American tribes on this project has therefore been fascinating as it has allowed me to trace the origins of the environmental movement within America.

As an Intern on the Treatied Spaces project I am collecting research on the way treaties between the Iroquois confederacy and Anglo-Americans had an impact on sovereignty, Native American culture and the environment. This research, which centres around The Treaty of Fort Stanwix (1768) and will provide a foundation for an upcoming living history module entitled ‘Paths through the Woods: The Treaty of Fort Stanwix’ being offered at The University of Hull. The primary research I collate will be used to support students in the module seminar groups.

This project has built upon my skills as an interdisciplinary historian in cultural, political and environmental history which I hope to further when studying for my PhD at the University of Hull in September 2018. My doctoral thesis will argue that Rachel Carson (1907-1964), a famous marine biologist and ground-breaking author, was an institutional, gender and environmental leader in twentieth century America.