Mikhail is a PhD student in History. His research interests are in histories of the environment, energy, technology, and the intersection of these themes in the social experience of space and time. His principle focus is in the development of an industrializing mining economy coterminous with a racialized experience of technology in late-nineteenth and twentieth century South Africa, and how these technological innovations affected social relations to the environment. He is also a Graduate Fellow in the Environmental Humanities at the Whitney Humanities Center. Prior to Yale, Mikhail graduated with an MA from the University of Sussex and a BA from the University of Cape Town. In South Africa, he has previously worked as a researcher for a non-profit organization and in broadcasting.