Dr Anna Gielas

Postdoctoral Affiliate

College Roles

  • Postdoctoral Affiliate

University Roles

  • Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions Individual Fellow, Scott Polar Research Institute


Email: amg203@cam.ac.uk


Dr Anna Gielas studied History, Political Science (Political Psychology) and Anglo-American Literature at the RWTH Aachen and McGill University. After a Research Fellowship at Harvard University, she completed her PhD at the University of St Andrews. Dr Gielas is currently a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual European Fellow at the Scott Polar Research Institute (Department of Geography).

Research Interests

Dr Gielas is currently researching the ways in which editors of scientific periodicals shaped discourses on the Arctic during the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Her research includes questions such as: what role did different editorial models (e.g., for-profit vs. non-profit) play for the way in which the Arctic was presented and discussed? What criteria did editors apply when selecting articles and what other considerations did they base their editorial decisions on? She is also highly interested in the historical use of ephemera (such as postcards) and their role in cultural conceptualisations of the Arctic.