Arts and Sciences - Natural Sciences - Environmental Sciences
Ph.D. Ecology, Evolution, and Conservation Biology 1999, University of Nevada, Reno, NV Doctoral Dissertation: Interrelationships among northern flying squirrels, ectomycorrhizal fungi, and conifers in old-growth forest habitat of the Sierra Nevada
B.A. Biology (Studio Art Minor), Hartwick College, Oneonta, NY Senior Thesis: Habitat Use by Eastern Chipmunks
In addition to working as academic director of Outdoor Studies, Kevin also teaches philosophy at UAS. Kevin's primary philosophical work is in the areas of philosophy of nature and the environment and philosophy of mind. His outdoor interests are centered around alpine skiing and ski mountaineering. Kevin brings over 10 years of experience of backcountry skiing and ski mountaineering in the Chugach, Alaska, and Coast ranges of Alaska. His accomplishments include a ski descent of Denali from summit to base camp.
Ph.D., Michigan State University. Dr. Monteith specializes in ethnohistory, economic anthropology, cultural ecology pertaining to subsistence, Tlingit art and oral narratives, and archeology of Southeast Alaska; his geographical areas of interest include Alaska, the Russian Far East, and Siberia.
While in Chicago he worked at the Field Natural History Museum and Oriental Institute Museum. As a student his summers were spent working in the fishing industry in Bristol Bay. This experience led him to his current research, which is an anthropological study of the Bristol Bay fishery.
Daniel has a wide range of practical experience. In 1992-93 he was employed by the Forest Service as an archeologist in the Ketchikan area of the Tongass National Forest. He then worked for the Tongass Tribe on a federal project; and during 1995-96 in the Economic Development Center at the UAS- Ketchikan Campus. In 1998 he became the Executive Director of Historic Ketchikan.
Ph.D. Department of English. University of Oregon. 2006. Structured Emphasis in Literature and Environment. Passed oral examination with distinction.
Dissertation: "The Environmental Rhetoric of American Hunting and Fishing Narratives: A Revisionist History" (Chair: Suzanne Clark).
M.A. Department of English. University of Oregon. 2002.
B.A. Department of English. Western Washington University. 1997.
Cum Laude. Junior Semester abroad, University of Hull, England.
PEER REVIEWED PUBLICATIONS:
Introduction and co-editor with Sarah Jaquette Ray. Critical Norths: Space, Nature, Theory. In progress.
Introduction and editor. Teaching Hemingway and the Natural World. Under Contract with Kent State UP.
"Hunting." Ernest Hemingway in Context. Ed. Suzanne del Gizzo and Debra Moddelmog. Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 2012. 267-276.
"'A Trick Men Learn in Paris': Hemingway, Esquire, and Mass Tourism." The Hemingway Review 31.2 (2012): 65-83.
"Hemingway's Ecotourism: Under Kilimanjaro and the Ethics of African Travel." ISLE: Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and Environment. 18.4 (2011): 717-736.
"Hemingway's Hunting: An Ecological Reconsideration." The Hemingway Review. 25.2 (2006): 119-122.
Contributing editor. The Shape of Reason: Argumentative Writing in College. John T. Gage. Fourth edition. Boston: Allyn and Bacon, 2004.
Review of Trout. (James Owen). ISLE: Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and Environment 20.2 (2013): 440-441.
Review of Surfer Girls in the New World Order. (Krista Comer). ISLE: Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and Environment 19.1(2012): 200-201.
Review of Catching the Ebb: Drift Fishing for a Living in Cook Inlet. (Bert Bender). ISLE: Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and Environment 18.1(2011): 221-222.
Double review of The Accidental Explorer: Wayfinding in Alaska. (Sherry Simpson) and Living with Wildness: An Alaskan Odyssey(Bill Sherwonit). ISLE: Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and Environment 16.4 (2009): 886-868.
Review of In Darkest Alaska: Travel and Empire Along the Inside Passage. Robert Campbell. Western American Literature 43.4 (2009): 422-423.
Review of Speaking of Earth: Environmental Speeches that Moved the World. Edited by Alon Tal. ISLE: Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and Environment 15.2 (2008): 284-285.
National and International Conferences:
“ASLE Juneau: The Report from the 2012 Off-Year Symposium.” Association for the Study of Literature and Environment Biennial Conference, Bloomington, Indiana. June 2013.
"Teaching Hemingway and the Natural World: How, Why, When, What." 15 th Biennial Hemingway Society Conference. Petoskey, Michigan. June 2012
"Poaching, Hunting, and Environmentalism in D'Arcy McNickle's 'Meat for God' and The Surrounded." 46 th Annual Western Literature Association Conference, Missoula, Montana. October 2011.
"Guns, Bikes, and Helicopters: An Ecological Apologia for Leisure." Association for the Study of Literature and Environment Biennial Conference, Bloomington, IN. June 2011.
"Building your Professional Identity: Funding, Publishing, and Conferencing." Association for the Study of Literature and Environment Biennial Conference, Bloomington, IN. June 2011.
"'A Trick Men Learn in Paris': Hemingway, Esquire, and Mass Tourism." 14 th Biennial International Hemingway Society Conference. Lausanne, Switzerland. June 2010.
"Environmental Humanities in the Undergraduate Curriculum: Lessons from a Small Public Liberal Arts Institution." American Society for Environmental History. Portland, OR, March 2010.
"World-making Through Alternative Sport Films." Co-presentation with Kevin Krein. International Association for the Philosophy of Sport Conference, Seattle, WA. August 2009.
"Dissolving Disciplines, Resolving Questions: The Challenges of Interdisciplinary Undergraduate Education at a Small Open-Admissions University." Association for the Study of Literature and Environment Biennial Conference, Victoria, BC. June 2009.
"Traces of the Industrial Sublime: Salmon Hatcheries and Tourism in Southeast Alaska" Western Literature Association Conference, Boulder, CO. October 2008.
"Stuck in Raymond Carver's America." Western Literature Association Conference, Tacoma, WA. October 2007.
"Hemingway's Ecotourism: Under Kilimanjaro and the Ethics of African Travel." American Literature Association Conference, Boston, MA. May 2007.
"Hemingway's Hunting: An Ecological Reconsideration." International Ernest Hemingway Society Conference, Ronda, Spain. June 2006.
"The Conservation of Sporting Literature: The Environmental Rhetoric of American Sporting Narratives." Association for the Study of Literature and Environment Conference, Eugene, OR. June 2005.
"Hatching Wildness: The Rhetoric of Wild Salmon." Association for the Study of Literature and Environment Conference, Boston, MA. June 2003.
"The Captivity Narrative: Mary Rowlandson and the advent of a genre" (English 223 Survey of British and American Literature). UAS April 2012.
"The centrality of Critical Thinking and the Liberal Arts Tradition." National Teach-In in response to Corporate Greed, part of session entitled "The History of Unions and the Ascendancy of Capital." UAS. April 2011.
"Between Science and Anti-Science: What does Science have to do with Literary Study?" (English 423 Ecocriticism). UAS December 2010.
"All Things Sustainable: The Report from UAS." Presentation at All Things Sustainable Roundtable. University of Alaska Fairbanks. April 2010.
"Salmon Hatcheries and Mass Tourism in Southeast Alaska." UAS Spring Forum on Animals. March 2010.
"Traces of the Industrial Sublime: Hardrock Mines, Salmon Hatcheries, and Mass Tourism in Southeast Alaska." Guest Lecture (Video-recorded). English 365 (Alaska Literature: Native and Non-native Perspectives). February 2010.
"Salmon Hatcheries and Industrial Tourism in Juneau: An Ecological Approach to Interdisciplinary Research." University of Alaska Southeast. Interdisciplinary Brown Bag Work-in-Progress Series. October 2008.
"D'Arcy McNickle's The Surrounded and the Imperialist Ramifications of Sport." University of Alaska Southeast. Guest Lecture, English 418: The West in Books and Film. July 2007.
"Steelhead Flyfishing: A Literary History." University of Alaska Southeast. Guest Lecture, Outdoor Studies 293: Fly Fishing. April 2007.
"Make it new? Make it Local: On the Necessity of Teaching Local Issues in Composition." University of Oregon Fall Composition Conference. September 2005.
"Preparing to teach Composition for the First Time." Guest Lecture. University of Oregon. English 611: Composition Instructor Training Seminar. March 2004.
"Teaching A Forest of Voices." University of Oregon. English 611: Composition Instructor Training Seminar. February 2003.
"Ecocomposition and the Politics of Teaching." University of Oregon Fall Composition Conference. September 2002.
Association for the Study of Literature and Environment
Western Literature Association
The Hemingway Society
Associate Professor of English. University of Alaska Southeast. 2013-present.
Assistant Professor of English. University of Alaska Southeast. 2006-2013.
Visiting Assistant Professor of English. University of Alaska Southeast. 2004-2005.
Courses taught (UAS):
English 493: Travel Writing (Independent Study) Fall 2006.
English 423: Ecocriticism. Spring 2008.
English 420: The History of the American Novel. Fall 2009.
English 419: Major Authors, Ernest Hemingway. Fall 2010. Major Authors, Ernest Hemingway and William Faulkner. Spring 2007.
English 418: Perspectives on the Animal. Team-Taught with philosopher Dr. Kevin Krein. Spring 2009.
English 418: Hemingway in Cuba. Spring 2012.
English 418: Environment, Culture, and Place in a Rapidly Changing North. Co-Taught with Dr. Sarah Ray. Spring 2012.
English 418: The Wilderness Act at 50: A Critical and
English 363: Nature Writing. Fall 2004. Fall 2006. Fall 2008. Fall 2010. Fall 2012.
English 303: Literature and the Environment. Fall 2007. Spring 2009. Spring 2010. Spring 2011. Spring 2012.
English 226: Survey of American Literature II, 1865-present. Spring 2005. Spring 2007. Fall 2008. Spring 2010. Fall 2010 (Directed Study). Fall 2011.
English 225: Survey of American Literature I, Beginnings to 1865. Fall 2004. Fall 2006.
English 215: Introduction to Literary Criticism. Fall 2008 (Directed Study). Spring 2009. Spring 2012 (Directed Study).
English 111: Methods of Written Communication. Fall 2004 (two sections). Spring 2005 (two sections). Fall 2007 (two sections). Spring 2008 (two sections). Fall 2008. Fall 2009. Spring 2011. Summer 2011. Fall 2011. Summer 2012.
English 110: Basic College Writing. Spring 2007.
Humanities 393: Cuban Language, Literature, and Culture. Team taught in country with Dr. Dan Monteith, Claudia Wakefield, and Forest Wagner. Spring 2012.
Humanities 393: Climate Change, Climate Solutions: Seminar on Climate Change Advocacy and Activism. Summer 2008.
Humanities 200: Introduction to the Liberal Arts. Spring 2011. Fall 2013.
Humanities 120: Sense of Place, Alaska and Beyond. Team taught. Fall 2009. Fall 2010 (lead instructor). Fall 2011 (lead instructor). Fall 2012 (lead instructor). Fall 2013 (lead instructor).
Humanities 193: Environment, Ethics, and the UAS Experience. Team taught with Geologist Dr. Sonia Nagorski. Summer 2007.
Philosophy 271: Perspectives on the Natural World. Fall 2006.
Outdoor Studies 293: Fly Fishing II: Service Learning and Steelheading. Spring 2011. Spring 2012. Spring 2013.
Outdoor Studies 193: Introduction to Fly Fishing. Fall 2010. Fall 2011. Fall 2012. Fall 2013.
Thesis Committees (UAS):
Advisor. Ben Crozier, "Images of the Arctic: A Literary Review." 2008.
Advisor. Jess Eller, "Salmon Hatcheries and Alaska." 2010.
Ph.D., 1999, Arizona State University, specializing in Modern U.S. History, Russia/Eastern Europe, and Public History.
Certificate in Scholarly Publishing, 1994, Arizona State University.
BA, 1989, History, Southwest Minnesota State University.
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I teach history and geography at UAS. Over the years, I’ve held a variety of jobs ranging from farm laborer, to small-town journalist, to research assistant to a member of the British parliament, to freelance writer. I joined the UAS faculty on the Ketchikan campus in fall 2007. Prior to moving to Alaska, I taught history courses at University of St. Thomas, Hamline University, and Anoka-Ramsey Community College in Minnesota. I also served as assistant project director at Center for Nations in Transition, at the Hubert H. Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota where I helped design and administer USAID and State Department-sponsored training programs for business, economics, and political science faculty and NGO leaders in Ukraine and east central Europe.
My research and teaching interests are wide-ranging and diverse: immigration and ethnicity, military history, war and genocide, the impact of technology on the history and geography of the Great Plains and Midwest, local and regional studies, and the history of Poland and central and eastern Europe. My current research topics include immigrant demography and epidemiology, crime and deviance among Polish immigrants in the U.S., the ethnic groups of southeast Alaska, anti-communism among American ethnic groups, and the problems of modern Polish history. I am currently editing a collected volume of translated articles on the activities of the communist security services in Poland since 1944. This will be the first book of published research in English based on previous closed files of secret police.
I am a fellow at the Piast Institute: A National Center for Polish and Polish-American Affairs and past president of the Polish American Cultural Institute of Minnesota. I am also currently contributing editor for the Encyclopedia of American Immigration (second edition). I am the author or co-author of 13 books including Traveler’s History of Poland (2007), Minnesota (2006), The Eagle and the Cross: A History of Polish Roman Catholic Union of America (2003), and Community of Strangers: Change, Turnover, and Turbulence and the Transformation of a Midwestern Country Town (1999). I’ve also written numerous reports, articles, and reviews in publications such as Journal of American Ethnic History, Polin: Studies in Polish Jewry, Polish American Studies,American Heritage of Invention and Technology, and Minnesota History. In 2006, I received the Oskar Halecki Prize from the Polish American Historical Association for my book Poles in Minnesota.
Erica received her Ph.D. from the University of New Mexico in 1999. She has archaeological excavation experience in Alaska, Florida, the Southwest, Mexico, Peru, and the Russian Far East and has conducted ethnographic fieldwork in Honduras.
Erica is a broadly trained archaeologist with a background in medieval studies. She is interested in all aspects of ancient art and religion, especially the cross-cultural study of funerary ritual and sacrifice. Her most recent work involves reconstructing the religion of the Moche of Peru, a pre-Inca culture of the Pacific coast of South America.
She recently explored how the Moche conceptualized human body parts and the ways in which bones, particularly the skull, serve as objects of danger and desire in a chapter in “Skull Collection, Modification and Decoration,” edited by Michelle Bonogofsky. Erica has also published a book chapter and articles on the Moche in the journals Antiquity, Journal of Material Culture, and Cambridge Archaeological Journal and has a book chapter forthcoming in Religion, Archaeology, and the Material World, edited by Lars Fogelin.
Erica is also a zooarchaeologist and has worked with faunal assemblages from across the United States and from Chukotka, in the Russian Far East. She is interested in the exploitation of terrestrial and marine mammals in the North Pacific and in reconstructing the ritual uses of archaeological faunas. She is especially interested in the cross-cultural practice of animal burial and explored how the prehistoric Anasazi, Mimbres, Mogollon, and inhabitants of Casas Grandes treated animals in a 2000 article in the journal Kiva.
Erica teaches a variety of courses at UAS, including Biological Anthropology, Zooarchaeology, and Ethnobiology, plus surveys of archaeology, including Ancient Civilizations.
When she isn’t teaching or writing, Erica loves to travel. She is also an avid birdwatcher and can be found tramping through the forests on the weekends looking for warblers. She reads historical fiction and the New York Times Book Review with equal enthusiasm.