Danielle Inkpen

Assistant Professor


Dani Inkpen is an environmental historian of science who specializes in mountain studies. She is currently writing a book about the history of glacier photography. Before coming to Mount Allison she taught at Cape Breton University, New York University, and King's College University. 


Capturing Glaciers: A History of Repeat Photography and Global Warming (University of Washington Press, 2024).

“Mountains as Homelands,” The Canadian Mountain Assessment: Walking Together to Enhance Understanding of Mountains in Canada (University of Calgary Press, 2023), co-lead with Megan Dicker Nuchasak.

“The Human-Nature Distinction,” Integrative Conservation Clinic (Fall 2023), co-authored with Drew Inkpen.

"Of Ice and Men: The evolving role of the camera in twentieth-century glaciology," Environmental History 27, no. 3 (2022)

"Ever Higher: The mountain cryosphere," in Ice Humanities, edited by Klaus Dodds & Sverker Sorlin (University of Manchester Press, 2022)

"The Scientific Life in the Alpine: Recreation and Moral Life in the Field," Isis 109, no. 3 (2018)

"On the Subject of Goethe: Hermann von Helmholtz on Goethe and Scientific Objectivity," Spontaneous Generations 3, no. 1 (2009)

Tracings: The art of Charlie Young, Canadian Alpine Journal (2019)

“Tom Bombadil and the Spirit of Objectivity,” Mythlore: A Journal of J.R.R. Tolkien, C.S. Lewis, Charles William, and Mythopoeic Literature 39, no. 1 (2020): 117-131.


Harvard University (PhD)

University of British Columbia (MA)

University of British Columbia (BA)


Histories of Ignorance

American History after 1862 (Freedom & Empire)

Topics in Environmental History

Introduction to Environmental History

Knowing the World:  Introduction to the History of Science


Dani studies how knowledge of place is generated through practices and ideas. She's particularly interested in how the practices of science, exploration, and recreation intersect to generate ideas about what mountains are and who and what they are "for." 

Her current research project is a history of searches for the yeti that seeks to understand the well-known Yeti-as-fuzzy-white-abominable-snowman as a product of transcultural knowledge encounters on Himalayan mountaineering expeditions.


Mountaineering and Glaciology after World War II,” on Time to Eat the Dogs, a Podcast about Science, History, and Exploration, Dec. 10, 2018.

Panel discussion at launch of Canadian Mountain Assessment, November 4, 2023 at Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies.

Grants, awards & honours

2020 Ritter Memorial Fellow, Scripps Institution of Oceanography.