Loren Michael Mortimer

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I am doctoral candidate in the History department at the University of California, Davis with a designated emphasis in Native American Studies. I specialize in early American and Native American history, exploring the ways in which colonists and indigenous peoples navigated the environmental politics of borders and boundary making during the 17th and 18th centuries.  I believe in the power of narrative to transcend disciplinary boundaries as well as international borders. Through publicly engaged scholarship, our shared stories have the power to forge forward-looking partnerships between local communities and the university.

The title of my dissertation is “‘While the Mountains Remain and the Rivers Run:’ Indigenous Power and Presence in the St. Lawrence Borderlands, 1608-1847,” a project which combines ethnohistory, environmental history, and spatial history to narrate the evolution of the St. Lawrence River watershed from a pre-contact Native American borderland into an international border between Canada and the United States.