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 environmental conservation, race science, eugenics, immigration restriction, and population control 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.
My areas of expertise and interest include environmental history, world history, indigenous history, the history of the North American West, and U.S. history.
- Miles Powell.(2019). ‘How Would You Feel If Someone Were Allowed to Kill One of Your Grandparents?’: Kānaka Maoli Opposition to the Hawaiian Shark Fin Trade. Not Just Green, Not Just White: Race, Justice and Environmental HistoryLincoln, Nebraska: University of Nebraska Press.
- Miles Powell. (2019). Environmental Histories of the Malay World: Legacies of Peter Boomgaard. ICAS 11 (Eleventh Convention of Asia Scholars).
- Miles Powell. (2019). Review: This Radical Land: A Natural History of American Dissent [Review of the book Review: This Radical Land: A Natural History of American Dissent] Environment and History, 25 (2).
- Miles Powell. (2019, April). Teaching the Environment at Fudan University, Shanghai and Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. Paper presented at Beyond Despair: Theory and Practice in Environmental Humanities, National Humanities Center, North Carolina, United States.
- Miles Powell. (2019, January). Singapore’s Lost Coast: Human and Ecological Displacements during 200 Years of Land Reclamation. Paper presented at From ‘Pelagic Empire’ to EEZs: The Transformation of Asia’s Pacific since the 19th Century, Asia Research Institute, Singapore.