Academic Profile

Academic Profile

Asst Prof Miles Alexander Powell


Assistant Professor
History
School of Humanities
College of Humanities, Arts, & Social Sciences

Email: MILES.POWELL@NTU.EDU.SG
Phone: (+65)65927853
Office: HSS-05-24(HIST)

Education
  • PhD (Hist) University of California, Davis 2012
  • MA (Hist) Simon Fraser University 2006
  • BA(Hons) (Hist) Simon Fraser University 2004
Biography
I received my BA and MA from Simon Fraser University, where I researched the environmental history of Native herring fisheries in British Columbia. I completed doctoral studies at the University of California-Davis, developing fields in environmental history, American history, and world history. My first book, Vanishing America: Species Extinction, Racial Peril, and The Origins of Conservation (Harvard UP, 2016), uses discourses of extinction to explore connections between racial attitudes and environmental thought in late-nineteenth and early-twentieth-century America. I am presently an Assistant Professor of Environmental History at NTU in Singapore, where I am researching the global history of human interactions with sharks in the twentieth century.
Research Interests
My areas of expertise and interest include environmental history, world history, indigenous history, the history of the North American West, and U.S. history.
Current Projects
  • Red Dot, Blue Sea: A Marine Environmental History of Singapore's Coastal Spaces from Precolonial Times through the Present
Selected Publications
  • Miles Powell. (2018). Review: Timothy P. Barnard, Nature’s Colony: Empire, Nation, and Environment in the Singapore Botanic Gardens [Review of the book Review: Timothy P. Barnard, Nature’s Colony: Empire, Nation, and Environment in the Singapore Botanic Gardens] Environmental History.
  • Miles Powell. (2018). The Pacific Shark Fin Trade: An Environmental History. 6th International Environmental History Conference.
  • Miles Powell. (2017). A World of Fins and Fences: Australian and South African Shark Management in the Transoceanic South. International Review of Environmental History, 3(2), 5-30.
  • Miles Powell. (2017, April). Sea Flows: Mobility, Boundaries, and Scale in Marine Environmental History. Paper presented at American Society for Environmental History, Drake Hotel, Chicago.
  • Miles Powell. (2016). Review: Where Roads Will Never Reach: Wilderness and Its Visionaries in the Northern Rockies [Review of the book Review: Where Roads Will Never Reach: Wilderness and Its Visionaries in the Northern Rockies] Pacific Historical Review, 85 (4), 632-634.

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