Natasha Varner

Fellow, Us@250

Natasha Varner’s essays and reporting have appeared in Electric Literature, The Nation, Atlas Obscura, PRI’s The World, Jacobin, and The Abusable Past. She has a PhD in history and produces public-facing scholarship on the many ways the past remains entangled with the present. For nine years, she worked as communications and public engagement director for the Japanese American history non-profit, Densho. As an Us@250 fellow, Dr. Varner will be reporting on the decades-long struggle to preserve and commemorate the site of a former Japanese American incarceration camp in southeastern Colorado, as well as the impacts of its new designation as a National Historic Site.