Environmental History Faculty

Departmental Faculty

Gregory Cushman

Latin American environmental historian Gregory Cushman also specializes in history of science, technology, and engineering; the Pacific World; indigenous peoples; global history. His book Guano and the Opening of the Pacific World: A Global Ecological History examines the environmental and cultural history of the modern world from the perspective of the whole Pacific Basin, with a special focus on Peru, Banaba, and Niue.

Linda Darling      ldarling@email.arizona.edu

A historian of the Ottoman Empire, Linda Darling's teaching and research includes Middle Eastern environmental history.
Katherine Morrissey       kmorriss@u.arizona.edu 
Katherine Morrissey’s research on the North American West focuses on the region’s environmental, social, cultural, and intellectual history. She has published on environmental mining conflicts in the early twentieth century, examining the legal, scientific, and political struggles over mining debris and smelter smoke pollution.


David Pietz      dpietz@email.arizona.edu

David Pietz is Professor of Chinese History and the UNESCO Chair of Environmental History. His publications on  the environmental history of modern China include The Yellow River: The Problem of Water in Modern China and Landscape Change and Resource Utilization in East Asia: Perspectives from Environmental History.
Jeremy Vetter       vetter@email.arizona.edu
Jeremy Vetter works at the intersection of environmental history and history of science and technology in the American West. His publications include Field Life: Science in the American West during the Railroad Era and Knowing Global Environments: New Historical Perspectives on the Field Sciences. Other research interests include the history of the food system, the involvement of lay people in the field sciences, and the history of science in the national parks
Douglas Weiner                  dweiner@email.arizona.edu 
A former president of American Society for Environmental History, Doug Weiner’s teaching and research interests include Russian and Soviet history, environmental history, and the history of science. Among his publications: Models of Nature: Ecology, Conservation and Cultural Revolution in Soviet Russia (1988; 2000) and A Little Corner of Freedom: Russian Nature Protection from Stalin to Gorbachev (2002).
Related Faculty               
The University of Arizona includes an impressive array of scholars who study the environment.  Listed below are some of the faculty members with whom environmental history graduate students have recently worked.
Carl Bauer (Geography) cjbauer@email.arizona.edu
Carl Bauer works on water problems at the intersection of law, geography, and political economy. For 20 years his work has revolved around water rights in the Americas, especially in Chile and the western United States. Most of his experience has been in the areas of water markets; privatization and regulation of water resources; water conflicts and river basin governance; hydropower; and environmental flows. Current research looks at various countries' efforts to combine water markets with environmental flow regimes.
Robert Glennon, Jr. (College of Law) glennon@law.arizona.edu
Robert Glennon is actively involved in water resources and policy issues including Colorado River water rights and the legal relationship between surface and groundwater. He has taught constitutional law, American legal history, and water law. His recent water law writings involved interdisciplinary collaboration with hydrologists and economists.
Mark Miller (College of Law) mark.miller@law.arizona.edu
Marc Miller’s environmental work highlights topics at the intersection of law and biology, with special attention to the concepts of conservation and sustainability, and to the relationship between science and environmental policymaking and environmental decisions.
Barbara Morehouse (Institute of the Environment) morehoub@email.arizona.edu
Barbara Morehouse pursues research on political, institutional, and cultural aspects of environmental change. Of particular interest is exploring how combinations of policies, practices, and cultural narratives produce particular kinds of influences on and responses to broad-scale environmental change. Much of Morehouse’s work has focused on climate impacts on water resources in the U.S. Southwest and the adjacent U.S.-Mexico border region, and on climate-wildland fire issues in the southwestern United States.
Gary Nabhan (Southwest Center) gpnabhan@email.arizona.edu
Gary Nabhan’s research explores agricultural and food biodiversity and related traditional ecological knowledge, their geographic patterns of origin and diffusion as well as loss. His interests include food geography; political ecology; sustainable agriculture and fisheries; biodiversity conservation; ethnobotany; conservation sociology/reconciliation ecology; and local food systems.
Thomas Sheridan (Southwest Center, Anthropology) tes@email.arizona.edu
Thomas Sheridan’s research interests include contemporary ranching and rural development and the political ecology of ranching in the Southwest. His work involves documentary history and ethnographic studies, with projects focusing on a farming community in northwestern Mexico, Arizona history, the Mexican community in Tucson, the northern and southern frontiers of the Spanish empire in the Americas, and the Seri Indians.
Margaret Wilder (Udall Center) mwilder@email.arizona.edu
Margaret Wilder’s research focuses on the political ecology of water and development in Latin America, water policy and water governance in Mexico, water and equity, and transformations in small-scale agriculture in northwest Mexico and Central America. Her recent research examines the interconnections of climatic change and the vulnerability of water resources in the U.S.-Mexico border region.