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Anna Rachel Herrington

Visiting Instructor of Writing, Rhetoric, and Digital Media, University of Kentucky
Chapter Leader: Kentucky SSN
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Herrington's research focuses on global environmental history with a focus on land and resource dispossession of the Canadian Mi'kmaq and the Scottish tenant farmers in the Highland Clearances. Overarching themes in Herrington's writing include commons system enclosures and the genocidal consequences of settler colonialism. She has served as a SSN chapter fellow and is a founding member of the Environmental History Working Group, Pteris Scholars Circle, and the Environmental Humanities Initiative at the University of Kentucky.


"History Speaks From the Soil: A Case Study of Commons Enclosure in the Clearance Era on North and South Uist," University of Kentucky, June 12, 2019.

Argues that commons enclosure in the Clearance Era on the Uist island group in the Outer Hebrides of Scotland was a direct result of the Clearances on those islands in the 18th and 19th centuries and how the enclosure of commons on these islands was catastrophic to those communities who had functioned, worked, and thrived in those regions for millennia.