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Yale Environmental History promotes research and teaching at Yale on the complex historical relationship between people and the environment.   Yale’s offerings benefit from a distinctive global scope, with historians specializing in aspects of African, Asian, European, Latin American, Middle Eastern, and United States environmental history. 

Yale's environmental history faculty and curriculum are enhanced by strong programs in History of Science and Medicine and the American West, as well as related programs across the campus in Agrarian Studies, Anthropology, Art and Architecture, Environmental Studies, Environmental Sciences, International Studies, and Religious Studies.  Students and faculty share works-in-progress at a regular brownbag colloquium

Yale also hosts frequent environmental history events, including our April 2014 conference, "New Perspectives in Environmental History."  Past conferences include, "Resources: Endowment or Curse, Better or Worse?" in February 2012 and "Two Kingdoms: New Perspectives on Flora and Fauna in Environmental History" in April 2012.




  • Wednesday, April 22, 12:00-1:15pm
  • "Headlong into the Future?: Coffee, Railroads, and Fears of Environmental Catastrophe in Alta Verapaz, Guatemala 1898-1907"
  • Post-Doctoral Fellow, Agrarian Studies and Assistant Professor, University of Manitoba
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  • September 4, 2014
  • "A Coffee Conversation on Environmental History"
  • Professor Emeritus, University of Kansas
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  • October 9, 2014
  • "Can New York City Survive the Sea?"
  • Davee Professor of History, Case Western University
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  • October 27, 2014
  • "Land, Water, Climate and Culture: Writing an Environmental History of Viet Nam from Earliest Times"
  • Professor, Yale University, Department of History
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  • November 19, 2014
  • "The Eagle and The Octopuses: The United States, the Pan-American Railway, and Infrastructure Development in Latin America, 1900-1929"
  • Doctoral Candidate, Yale University, Department of History