Joan Boothe is primarily an Antarctic historian. She has, however, also been fascinated with the history of the Arctic since childhood, and has made multiple trips to Alaska, though always arriving there by sea or air until 2013. Driving the Alaska Highway had been a dream of hers since she was a teenager. When Professor Boothe at last achieved this dream in 2013, she was struck by how much of the history of the road’s creation remains along the way. It was this experience that inspired this course. Professor Boothe has taught enthusiastically received courses on Antarctic history for the Stanford Continuing Studies program and here at the Fromm Institute. A member of the Explorers Club since 2007, Professor Boothe is a past chairperson of the Northern California Chapter. She has been secretary of The Antarctican Society since 2014 and is a member of the planning committee for an Antarctic symposium that will be held in San Francisco in 2022 (postponed from 2021 due to Covid).
Prof. Joan Boothe