Gund Affiliate, Assistant Professor of History and Environment and Society, Brown University

Bathsheba Demuth is an environmental historian, specializing in the lands and seas of the Russian and North American Arctic. Her interest in northern environments and cultures began when she was 18 and moved to the village of Old Crow in the Yukon. For over two years, she mushed huskies, hunted caribou, fished for salmon, tracked bears, and otherwise learned to survive in the taiga and tundra. In the years since, she has visited Arctic communities across Eurasia and North America. From the archive to the dog sled, she is interested in how the histories of people, ideas, places, and non-human species intersect.


Demuth, Bathsheba. Floating Coast: An Environmental History of the Bering Strait, W.W. Norton, 2019

Gund Affiliate Bathsheba Demuth

Areas of Expertise and/or Research

Environmental history, Russian & North American Arctic, climate, energy


  • PhD, History, University of California, Berkeley
  • MA, History, University of California, Berkeley
  • MA, International Development, Brown University
  • BA, Trauma Studies, Brown University


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