About Aspen Brown

I am currently pursuing an MA in history at the University of Wyoming. My thesis will be an intellectual micro-history intersecting the histories of Western science, environment, and professionalism of American Higher Education. Utilizing Wyoming botanist Aven Nelson and the University of Wyoming's Rocky Mountain Herbarium as subjects, I am examining how fin de siècle botanical networks developed in America around the institutionalization of the herbarium and knowledge production. I also plan on beginning an investigation of ecocrit from the lens of queer and affect theories. My current general interests include creative writing, swimming, magic the gathering, and dancing (when it is safe to come out of my COVID burrow).
Formerly Matthew Now Aspen, my life is pure transition from career to gender to sobriety. Follow my journey at https://www.shadysapling.com/ on Twitter @Aspensilvertide and Insta @shadysapling
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NBN Episodes hosted by Aspen:

Lindsay Starkey, "Encountering Water in Early Modern Europe and Beyond" (Amsterdam UP, 2020)

August 9, 2022

Encountering Water in Early Modern Europe and Beyond

Lindsay Starkey
Hosted by Aspen Brown

What is holding the oceans back from entirely flooding the earth? While a twenty-first century thinker may approach the answer to this question within…

Elisabeth Ervin-Blankenheim, "Song of the Earth: Understanding Geology and Why It Matters" (Oxford UP, 2021)

May 31, 2022

Song of the Earth

Elisabeth Ervin-Blankenheim
Hosted by Aspen Brown

In today’s podcast, Elisabeth Ervin-Blankenheim explains how understanding harmonics of the earth provides a forward-thinking methodology …

Taylor Eggan, "Unsettling Nature: Ecology, Phenomenology, and the Settler Colonial Imagination" (U Virginia Press, 2022)

May 9, 2022

Unsettling Nature

Taylor Eggan
Hosted by Aspen Brown

In today's NBN Environmental Studies interview, dancer, performer, and literary scholar Dr. Taylor Eggan joins us to speak about his new book Unsettli…

Bethany Wiggin et al., "Timescales: Thinking Across Ecological Temporalities" (U Minnesota Press, 2020)

April 13, 2022


Bethany Wiggin, Carolyn Fornoff, and Patricia Eunji Kim
Hosted by Aspen Brown

Time cannot be measured in so many coffee spoons, or that is what editors, Dr. Bethany Wiggin, Dr. Carolyn Fornoff, and Dr. Patricia Eunji Kim argue i…

Nanna Katrine Luders Kaalund, "Explorations in the Icy North: How Travel Narratives Shaped Arctic Science in the Nineteenth Century" (U Pittsburgh Press, 2021)

March 16, 2022

Explorations in the Icy North

Nanna Katrine Luders Kaalund
Hosted by Aspen Brown

Harsh conditions, intense isolation, and acute danger inevitably impacted the making and communicating eighteenth-century scientific knowledge leading…

Erin Drew, "The Usufructuary Ethos: Power, Politics, and Environment in the Long Eighteenth Century" (U Virginia Press, 2021)

March 1, 2022

The Usufructuary Ethos

Erin Drew
Hosted by Aspen Brown

Would a claim that human possession and property rights as merely temporary seem outlandish to a 21st-century thinker? How would this idea be received…

Mary Menton and Philippe Le Billon, "Environmental Defenders: Deadly Struggles for Life and Territory" (Routledge, 2021)

February 18, 2022

Environmental Defenders

Mary Menton and Philippe Le Billon
Hosted by Aspen Brown

Join Dr. Mary Menton and Dr. Philippe Le Billon as they dive into their new edited volume, Environmental Defenders: Deadly Struggle for Life and Terri…

John Holmes McDowell et al., "Performing Environmentalisms: Expressive Culture and Ecological Change" (U Illinois Press, 2021)

November 30, 2021

Performing Environmentalisms

John Holmes McDowell, Katherine Borland, Rebecca Dirksen, and Sue Tuohy
Hosted by Aspen Brown

The volume, Performing Environmentalisms: Expressive Culture and Ecological Change, edited by John Holmes McDowell, Katherine Borland, Rebecca Dirksen…

Andrea E. Duffy, "Nomad's Land: Pastoralism and French Environmental Policy in the Nineteenth-Century Mediterranean World" (U Nebraska Press, 2019)

October 25, 2021

Nomad's Land

Andrea E. Duffy
Hosted by Aspen Brown

Chronicling the retreat of mobile pastoralization from Mediterranean coastlines, Andrea Duffy's Nomad's Land: Pastoralism and French Environmental Po…

Vincent Ialenti, "Deep Time Reckoning: How Future Thinking Can Help Earth Now" (MIT Press, 2020)

October 15, 2021

Deep Time Reckoning

Vincent Ialenti
Hosted by Aspen Brown

Based on twelve years of anthropological exploration, Vincent Ialenti's Deep Time Reckoning: How Future Thinking Can Help Earth Now (MIT Press, 2020)…

David B. Williams, "Homewaters: A Human and Natural History of Puget Sound" (U Washington Press, 2021)

October 6, 2021


David B Williams
Hosted by Aspen Brown

Homewaters: A Human and Natural History of Puget Sound (University of Washington Press, 2021) tells a story about exploitation and a story of hope. F…

Ranae Lenor Hanson, "Watershed: Attending to Body and Earth in Distress" (U Minnesota Press, 2021)

October 5, 2021


Ranae Lenor Hanson
Hosted by Aspen Brown

Ranea Lenor Hanson's Watershed: Attending to Body and Earth in Distress (U Minnesota Press, 2021) weaves a narrative that captures life on the water, …

Keith Pluymers, "No Wood, No Kingdom: Political Ecology in the English Atlantic" (U Pennsylvania Press, 2021)

September 3, 2021

No Wood, No Kingdom

Keith Pluymers
Hosted by Aspen Brown

Pushing back against the traditional narratives assuming that the American colonies served as resource “windfalls” which released Europe from the cons…

Andrew Flachs, "Cultivating Knowledge: Biotechnology, Sustainability, and the Human Cost of Cotton Capitalism in India" (U Arizona Press, 2019)

August 27, 2021

Cultivating Knowledge

Andrew Flachs
Hosted by Aspen Brown

Cultivating Knowledge: Biotechnology, Sustainability and the Human Cost of Cotton Capitalism in India by Andrew Flachs (University of Arizona Press, 2…

Kirsten A. Greer, "Red Coats and Wild Birds: How Military Ornithologists and Migrant Birds Shaped Empire" (UNC Press, 2020)

August 25, 2021

Red Coats and Wild Birds

Kirsten A. Greer
Hosted by Aspen Brown

Remapping empire, nature, and scientific enquiry beyond the simple binary exchange between periphery and metropole, Dr. Kirsten Greer demonstrates how…

Alexander Menrisky, "Wild Abandon: American Literature and the Identity Politics of Ecology" (Cambridge UP, 2020)

August 16, 2021

Wild Abandon

Alexander Menrisky
Hosted by Aspen Brown

Despite the proliferation of scientific ecology in the second half of the 20th C emphasizing the interconnection between environment and humanity, Wil…