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Ian Seavey

PhD Student
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Dr. Jason Parker

Research Interests

“My research examines U.S. relations with Puerto Rico through the lens of disasters. In my dissertation, I seek to tell the story of Puerto Rico’s disaster history while foregrounding it in the broader history of American disaster policy. I will also demonstrate how evolving ideas of disaster relief fundamentally shaped the imperial relationship between the U.S. and Puerto Rico. My broader research interests include environmental history and the history of U.S. foreign relations.


Peer Reviewed Publications:
“Hurricanes and Hegemony: A Study of U.S. Imperialism in Puerto Rico. 1898-1940” FCH Annals: Journal of the Florida Conference of Historians 26 (June 2020): 77-88. “


Predoctoral Research Fellow Institute of Science, Technology, and Public Policy Texas A&M University