UCL Anthropocene


Dr. Jane Dinwoodie

Academic position: Lecturer in Nineteenth-century American History

Department: History

Email: j.dinwoodie@ucl.ac.uk

URL: https://www.ucl.ac.uk/history/people/academic-staff/dr-jane-dinwoodie


Jane is a historian of the United States and Indigenous America. Her first book project centers on Indian removal - a wave of federally-sponsored efforts to forcibly relocate Eastern Indigenous nations to lands west of the Mississippi River, which peaked following the Indian Removal Act of 1830 – and the thousands of individuals, families, and communities that successfully avoided it. In exploring the history non-removal and Indigenous persistence in the American South, Jane’s research engages with histories of the environment and the Anthropocene, especially in exploring the ways that Indigenous communities have used the South’s diverse environments and landscapes in their struggle to escape forced migration and persist within the region.

Research Projects:

We Remain: Indian Non-Removal in the Nineteenth-century American South (in-progress first book project).

Jane Dinwoodie, “The Long War: Sustaining Indigenous Communities and Contesting Sovereignties in the Civil War South” in Frank Towers and Jewel Spangler (eds.), Remaking North American Sovereignty: State Transformation in the 1860s (New York: Fordham University Press, 2020).


My teaching engages with environmental history and the Anthropocene in a range of ways. The modules I teach at UCL all include content on environmental history and a range of human engagements with the environment throughout what is currently the continental United States.