Shaine Scarminach

Shaine Scarminach, graduate student, Department of History, University of ConnecticutOffice: Wood Hall 14B
Office Hours, Fall 2017: Mon & Wed 1 – 2 pm

Advisor: Frank Costigliola

BA History, University of San Francisco, 2010
MA History, California State University, Los Angeles, 2014

Areas of Interest: US and the World, US Empire, Environment, Capitalism, Latin America

Current Research Interests

I study twentieth-century United States history in global and international perspective. My research and teaching explore the long arc of US foreign relations, the strategies of US empire, the historical development of world capitalism, the political and intellectual history of the global environment, and the tangled history of peoples across the Americas.

I am currently writing a history of US foreign policy and the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea. I examine how nations around the world came together in the 1960s and 1970s to negotiate a legal regime to govern the world’s oceans despite the challenge posed by using the nation-state and national interests as a framework for managing the global environment. The project focuses in particular on the role of government officials, scientists, intellectuals, and activists in shaping ideas and making rules about how best to regulate the peaceful uses of the oceans.

I have also researched and written on various environmental issues in US-Latin American relations since 1945.

Selected Awards and Honors

2017 Thomas G. Paterson Graduate Fellowship in the History of US Foreign Relations, Department of History, University of Connecticut
2016 Tinker Field Research Grant, Tinker Foundation
2015 Pre-Doctoral Funding Award, El Instituto: Institute of Latina/o, Caribbean, and Latin American Studies, University of Connecticut
2014 Outstanding Scholars Program Fellowship, the Graduate School, University of Connecticut
2013 Eugene Fingerhut Award for Outstanding Graduate Student in History, Department of History, California State University, Los Angeles
2010 David Herlihy Prize in History for Undergraduate Honors Thesis, Department of History, University of San Francisco

Selected Presentations

2017 “Of Borders and Boundaries: The United States, Ecuador, and the Ocean Environment,” New Perspectives in Environmental History, New Haven, CT.
2016 “Making Waves: Territorial Sovereignty and Resource Nationalism in U.S.-Ecuador Relations,” Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations, San Diego, CA.
2015 “Salt of the Earth: The Salinity Problem and U.S.-Mexican Relations during the Nixon Administration,” New England Historical Association, Worcester, MA.