Dr. Jessica M. DeWitt, a white woman with long, dark blond hair and bangs wears a green, waffle knit shirt. She is looking directly at the camera with a coy smile on her face. Her eyes are green.
Jessica M. DeWitt, PhD

I am a historian of the Canadian and American environment, editor, and digital communications strategist. I earned my PhD from the University of Saskatchewan in Spring 2019.  A park scholar and enthusiast, my dissertation was a comparative history of Canadian provincial parks and American state parks, focusing on Idaho, Alberta, Ontario, and Pennsylvania.

A passionate social justice advocate, I focus on developing digital techniques and communications that bridge the divide between academia and the general public in order to democratize knowledge access. This drive is at the core of all services I offer, from editing to project management.

I am editor-in-chief and social media editor for the Network in Canadian History and Environment (NiCHE). I am also a regular contributor to NiCHE’s website. In my position at NiCHE, I manage and take pride in a vibrant online environmental history and environmental humanities community.

I am a member of the Chacruna Institute‘s Chacruna Chronicles committee where I focus on editing and optimizing Chacruna’s articles for readability and digital reach. I am currently working with Dr. Erika Dyck on two series related to global psychedelic history and the history of women in psychedelic plant medicines for Chacruna.

I am currently writing a book on Alberta’s oil sands for a new environmental justice series aimed at youth in grades 7-10 for James Lorimer and Company Publishing. It is expected to be out Fall 2024.

Closer to home, I am Vice-President of the Saskatchewan History and Folklore Society, Board Vice-Chair and Outreach Chair for Girls Rock Saskatoon, and a coordinating member of Showing Up for Racial Justice Saskatoon – Treaty Six, where I focus on leading our digital communications.

When not working or volunteering, I enjoy YouTube yoga and workout videos and long walks around my city (and the forest when I get a chance!), witnessing the ecology in and around my yard, reading voraciously, cooking, photography, and listening to music and podcasts. I’m also the proud mama of a baby girl, Tamsen.


3 replies on “About”

  1. hello, i am interested in publications on the lakota history in SK, and their movements after the
    majority of the people went back to the USA in 1881_


    1. Hello Edmond,

      I recommend contacting Claire Thomson, she is completing her PhD on Lakota History and also completed an MA on the subject, she is a PhD Candidate at the University of Alberta, her email address is cmthomso@ualberta.ca.



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