Matthew Minarchek

Matthew Minarchek

ACLS Emerging Voices Postdoctoral Fellow

Affiliation: GLOBES, History and Philosophy of Science

Matt Minarchek is an ACLS Emerging Voices Postdoctoral Fellow at Notre Dame’s Reilly Center. He received his Ph.D. in Southeast Asian and environmental history from Cornell University. He is interested in the ideologies of conservation and researches how the discourses of environmentalism, species conservation, and scientific progress have obscured the historical violence that often accompanies such projects. Matt’s dissertation is a history of militarized conservation, scientific exploration, and Indigenous dispossession in the Leuser region of Aceh, Sumatra (Indonesia). For the past two years, Matt was a social science researcher at Woodland Park Zoo in Seattle, Washington where he studied people’s attitudes and empathy toward more-than-human species. He has published on the history of the wildlife trade from Southeast Asia to Europe and North America and the history of militarized conservation in Indonesia. He is currently working on a manuscript tentatively titled “Militarized Ecologies: Science, Violence, and the Creation of the Leuser Ecosystem (Indonesia), 1890-1945.” Matt will work remotely from Seattle for the 2020-2021 academic year.