Matt Turner, Interim Director


Matt Turner is the interim director of CHE. He is also a member of the faculty of geography, African studies, development studies, the Holtz Center for Science and Technology Studies, and the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies. His research interests concern the historic and contemporary relationships between changing social relations, rural livelihoods, social justice, and ecology.

More specifically, his work in rural West Africa has addressed the following themes:

  • Labor scarcity
  • Capital accumulation and overgrazing
  • Drought, food insecurity, and gender relations
  • The politics of the environmental scientific knowledge
  • Nonequilibrium ecology and common property theory
  • Social identities and natural resource conflict

Anna Andrzejewski, Director


Anna Andrzejewski is the director of CHE. She is also a professor in the Department of Art History, where she teaches courses on the history of North American vernacular architecture and cultural landscapes. Anna is also an affiliate of the Department of Geography and the Program in Urban and Regional Planning, and she co-directs the buildings-landscapes-cultures PhD program (a collaboration with UW-Milwaukee).

Anna has published Building Power: Architecture and Surveillance in Victorian America (Tennessee, 2008) as well as many articles on postwar suburban architecture. She is currently finishing a book on the post World War II building industry; working with graduate students in art history and geography on a multi-year research project on the cultural landscape of the northern Great Plains; and beginning a project on the cultural landscape of retirement in south Florida.

Rachel Gurney, Assistant Director


Dr. Rachel M. Gurney is the assistant director of CHE. She is an environmental sociologist with a background in journalism, environmental science, and sociology. Her current research focuses on climate adaptation, socio-political dimensions of climate change, and food insecurity.

Rachel specializes in interdisciplinary research bridging social and natural sciences, teaching environmental sociology, and communicating research to the public. She has years of experience in the environmental field, including advocacy and outreach for national and international environmental organizations, teaching and research, and publishing and editing social science environmental research for a variety of audiences and publication platforms.

Steering Committee

Will Brockliss
Classical and Ancient Near Eastern Studies

Eric Carson
Wisconsin Geological and Natural History Survey

Elizabeth Hennessy
History, Environmental Studies

Graduate Associate Organizing Committee (GAOC)

Aida Arosoaie

Nicole Fischer
(Graduate Representative)
German, Nordic, and Slavic

Kuhelika Ghosh

Anika Rice
(Graduate Representative)

Edge Effects

Addie Hopes
(Managing Editor)

Mario Ortiz-Robles
(Faculty Advisor)