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Department of Geography



Dr Elizabeth Walsh

Research Associate

Liz is a sociocultural anthropologist whose research focuses on both contemporary and historical Indigenous-settler relations at multiple sites across the North American Arctic.



  • 2016-2022, PhD in Social Anthropology, University of Cambridge (King's College), UK. Thesis Title: "Like Ice Floes: Iñupiaq Sovereignty and Settler Migration on Alaska's North Slope".
  • 2015-2016: MPhil in Social Anthropology and Museums, University of Cambridge (King's College), UK. Dissertation Title: "'What are we doing?' A critical analysis of collaborative digital projects in ethnographic museums".
  • 2011-2014: BA in Anthropology, summa cum laude, Columbia University, New York, NY. Dissertation Title: "In Between Realities: Perspectives on Tomanowos and/or the Willamette Meteorite".

Awards and grants

  • 2019: Crowther-Beynon Fund Grant, Museum of Archaeology & Anthropology, University of Cambridge
  • 2017: Cambridge University Fieldwork Fund Grant, University of Cambridge
  • 2016-2020: Cambridge International and King's College Scholarship, University of Cambridge
  • 2016: King's College Travel Award, University of Cambridge
  • 2015-2016: Gates Cambridge Scholarship, University of Cambridge
  • 2014: Dean's Prize in Anthropology, School of General Studies, Columbia University
  • 2012-2014: Ward H. Dennis Scholarship, School of General Studies, Columbia University


My work explores the social, political, and economic place of the Arctic in North American nation-states' colonial pasts and presents, and I am particularly interested in the different ways in which Indigenous and non-Indigenous Arctic residents recognise meaning and value in their environments. My current research explores the erasure of Indigenous knowledges and experiences in the creation and presentation of Arctic museum collections.


  • Undergraduate supervisor, Geography Tripos, Part II, Paper 2: "Geographies of the Arctic," Department of Geography, University of Cambridge (2021-present)
  • "Morality and the Environment." Guest lecture, HSPS Tripos, Part II, Paper SAN9: "Science and Environment," Department of Social Anthropology, University of Cambridge (February 3, 2020, and February 5, 2021)

External activities

  • February 2022 - present: Team Lead, Coastal Resilience Community of Practice, Interagency Arctic Research Policy Committee
  • November 2022 - present: Postdoctoral Research Associate, Pembroke College, University of Cambridge