Megan Black

U.S. Foreign Policy and International Security Fellow

Megan Black is a historian of the United States and the world, environment, and political economy. She is assistant professor of international history at the London School of Economics. There she participates in the Social Life of Climate Change workshop under the Grantham Institute of Climate Change.  Her first book The Global Interior: Mineral Frontiers and American Power (Harvard UP, 2018), explores the surprising involvements of the U.S. Department of the Interior in pursuing minerals beyond borders--in indigenous lands, formal U.S. territories, foreign nations, the oceans, and outer space--revealing important connections between U.S. settler colonialism and U.S. global reach through the seemingly neutral practice of environmental management. This work was awarded the George Perkins Marsh Prize for best book in environmental history for 2018, the British Association for American Studies prize for best book of 2018, the Stuart L Bernath prize for best first book from the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations, and the W. Turrentine-Jackson prize from the Western History Association. She has articles published or forthcoming in Diplomatic History, Modern American History, Journal of American History, and American Quarterly. Megan received her PhD in American Studies at George Washington University and was a postdoctoral fellow at the Charles Warren Center for Studies in American History at Harvard University.

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While on fellowship at the Dickey Center, Megan will develop a new book project that brings two stories frequently told separately into the same frame: the emergence of transnational environmental activism and transnational indigenous rights activism in the 1970s. It will examine overlap, shared strategies, collaboration, tension, division, and fragmentation that characterized these two decidedly global movements for social and environmental justice.

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359 Haldeman
HB 6048
B.A. University of Nebraska-Lincoln
M.A. George Washington University
Ph.D. George Washington University
The John Sloan Dickey Center