History Department
History Department

Jesse Ritner



Environmental and Native American Histories, Gender & Sexuality, Settler-Colonialism & NAIS Methodology, New Materialisms, Public History


Jesse is a PhD Student in US History, who currently serves as the co-coordinator for the Gender Symposium.  In 2015 he received his BA in both History and Government from Skidmore College.  He spent the interim two years working for the National Park Service restoring historic architecture during the summers, and working as a ski instructor in Colorado during his winters.  His research includes weather, climate, water, leisure, and Native American histories in North America.  He also has an interest in the theoretical intersections between new materialism, post humanism, and history.  His dissertation, tentatively titled "Making Snow: Recreation and the Re-creation of Weather" explores how the North American ski industry came of age in the second half of the twentieth century, despite the increasingly unreliable snowpack of the last seventy years.  The project explores themes of weather modification (both successful and unsuccessful), environmental resilience, the politics of place and space, as well as centering matter as agential in the creation of knowledge and discourse.  

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