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Daniel May is a PhD Candidate in the School of History, ANU.

His PhD thesis investigates the historical and contemporary politics of indigenous burning in Australia and the Western United States. It focuses on the aftermaths of large wildfires and management programmes in both countries to map the development of non-indigenous understandings of Aboriginal Australian and Native American uses of fire, and the influence of these understandings on historical and contemporary policies. May works in environmental history, political history, and the history and philsophy of science. In 2018 he completed an Endeavour Research Fellowship in the United States, working with a senior Miwok fire practitioner and the Forest History Society.


  • –present
    PhD Candidate in Environmental History, Australian National University


  • 2014 
    UNSW, Bachelor of Arts & Social Sciences (Honours)
  • 2013 
    UNSW, Bachelor of Science/Arts