Hi!  My name is Kate Wersan and I am a researcher, a writer, and the Managing Editor of the public history project, Wisconsin 101: Our History in Objects. I recently completed a doctorate in environmental history in the History Department at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Specializing in the environmental and cultural history of the United States, particularly in the 19th century, I trained under William Cronon and dissertation committee members Lynn K. Nyhart, Jennifer Ratner-Rosenhagen, Charles Cohen, and Adam Nelson.  My dissertation examines the environmental history of American timekeeping practices from 1660 to 1920, and makes the case for a full scale reconsideration of what we mean when we talk about “modern time.”