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Professor of History
Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 4302
Senior Sustainability Scholar
Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 4302
Biography

Paul Hirt is a historian specializing in the American West, environmental history, environmental policy, and sustainability studies. Hirt's publications include a monograph on the history of electric power in the U.S. Northwest and British Columbia, titled "The Wired Northwest" (Univ Press of Kansas, 2012). He also published a history of national forest management since WWII ("A Conspiracy of Optimism," 1994), and edited two collections of essays on Northwest history ("Terra Pacifica," 1998 and "Northwest Lands, Northwest Peoples," 1999). Hirt has also authored more than two-dozen articles and book chapters on environmental and western history and policy. His current research projects include collaborative interdisciplinary research on energy transitions, water use and conservation, urban growth and sustainability in southern Arizona, and adaptive management in the Colorado River Basin.

Professor Hirt is involved in many public engagement programs focused on the above topics, including the Smithsonian Museum on Main Street traveling exhibit Water/Ways, an administrative history of the Glen Canyon Dam Adaptive Management Program funded by the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, renewable energy development for the Navajo Nation, and various water, energy, and sustainability initiatives of the Global Institute of Sustainability and ASU's Global Drylands Center. An example of a completed public history project funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities can be viewed here.

Professor Hirt has served as a book and manuscript reviewer for more than a dozen academic presses and journals and has held positions on several editorial boards and professional association program and prize committees. From 2007-2011, he served on the Executive Committee of the American Society for Environmental History (ASEH) and, from 2011-2015, he served on the editorial board of the journal Environmental History. For several years he chaired ASEH's Sustainability Committee and its Advisory Board for Professional Development and Public Engagement.

In his private life, Hirt holds an elected position on the board of directors of Salt River Project, one of the nation's largest  nonprofit water and power utilities centered in greater Phoenix, and he is involved with regional conservation organizations, serving on the board of directors of the Sky Island Alliance based in Tucson, Arizona from 2002-2011.

Education
  • Ph.D. U.S. History, Minor: Women’s History, Special fields: Environmental Policy, American West, 20th century U.S., University of Arizona 1991
  • M.A. Asian Studies. Minor: Comparative Religions, University of Arizona 1982 
  • B.A. Philosophy. Minor: Asian Studies, University of Arizona 1978


 

Research Interests

Public lands, water resources, energy production and consumption, renewable energy transitions, natural resources management, the conservation movement and environmentalism, environmental policy and problem-solving, urban growth, sustainability. 

Publications

Books 

Paul W. Hirt, The Wired Northwest: The History of Electric Power, 1870s-1970s. The University Press of Kansas, 2012. 

Paul W. Hirt and Dale D. Goble, editors, Northwest Lands, Northwest Peoples: Readings in Environmental History.  Seattle: University of Washington Press, 1999.   

Paul W. Hirt, editor, Terra Pacifica: People and Place in the Northwest States and Western Canada.  Pullman: Washington State University Press, 1998.

Paul W. Hirt, A Conspiracy of Optimism: Management of the National Forests Since World War Two.  Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, Nov. 1994.

 

Peer-Reviewed Articles

Paul Hirt, Cyrus Hester, Rachel Snyder, and Kelli Larson, “Water Consumption and Conservation in Arizona: A Tale of Two Desert Cities,” Journal of the Southwest, v. 59, nos. 1&2 (2017): 264-301.

Megan Barry, Paul Hirt, and Hrvoje Petrić, "Building the Resilience of Croatian Agriculture to Environmental and Economic Shocks," Economic and Ecohistory / Ekonomska e Ekohistorija, V. XI, no. 11 (December 2015): 105-122.

Paul Hirt and Linda Sargent Wood, “Teaching Nature, Culture, and History in the West: A Grand Canyon Multimedia Partnership,” Journal of the West, vol. 49, no. 3 (2011): 10-33.

Kelli L. Larson, Annie Gustafson and Paul Hirt, “Insatiable Thirst and a Finite Supply: An Assessment of Municipal Water-Conservation Policy in Greater Phoenix, Arizona, 1980–2007,” Journal of Policy History, Vol 21, Issue 02 (April 2009): 107-137.

Paul Hirt, Kelli L. Larson, and Annie Gustafson, “The Mirage in the Valley of the Sun,” Environmental History, v. 13 (July 2008): 482-514.

Paul Hirt, “Institutional Failure in the U.S. Forest Service: A Historical Perspective,” Research in Social Problems and Public Policy, vol. 7 (1999). 

Paul Hirt, “The Transformation of a Landscape: Culture and Ecology in 19th Century Southeast Arizona,” Environmental Review, v. 13, n. 3-4 (Fall/Winter 1989).  

 

Peer-Reviewed Book Chapters

Cody Ferguson and Paul Hirt, "‘Power to the People’: Grassroots Advocacy, Environmental Protection, and Democratic Governance in the Late 20th Century,” in the book The Nature of Hope: Grassroots Organizing, Environmental Justice, and Political Change, edited by Char Miller and Jeffrey Crane. In press, The University Press of Colorado, 2018.

Paul W. Hirt, “Foreword” to the book The Border Wall between Mexico and the United States: Venues, Mechanisms and Stakeholders for a Constructive Dialogue. Mexico: El Colegio de la Frontera Norte, forthcoming 2015.

Paul W. Hirt and Adam M. Sowards, “The Past and Future of the Columbia River,” peer-reviewed chapter in a book titled The Columbia River Treaty Revisited: Transboundary River Governance in the Face of Uncertainty, edited by Barbara Cosens. Oregon State University Press, 2012.

Paul Hirt, “Back to the Future: The Rise, Decline, and Possible Return of the U.S. Forest Service as a Leading Voice for Conservation in America, 1900–2000,” in V. Alaric Sample and Steven Anderson, eds., Common Goals for Sustainable Forest Management: Divergence and Reconvergence of American and European Forestry. Durham: Forest History Society, 2008: pp. 124-153.    

Paul Hirt, “Developing a Plentiful Resource: Transboundary Rivers in the Pacific Northwest,” in R. Perry, H. Ingram, & J. Whiteley (eds.) Water, Place, and Equity: Tempering Efficiency with Justice.  Cambridge: MIT Press, 2008: 147-88.

Paul Hirt, “Biopolitics: A Case Study of Political Influence on Forest Management Decisions, Coronado National Forest, Arizona,” a chapter in the book Forests Under Fire: A Century of Ecosystem Mismanagement in the Southwest.  Edited by Arthur Gomez and Christopher Huggard.  Tucson: University of Arizona Press, April 2001. 

Paul Hirt, “Predicting the Future by Understanding the Past: A Historian Considers the Forest Service,” in A Vision for the U.S. Forest Service: Goals for Its Next Century.  Edited by Roger A. Sedjo.  Washington DC: Resources for the Future, 2000, pp. 149-69.  

Paul Hirt, “Getting Out the Cut: A History of National Forest Management in the Northern Rockies,” a chapter in the book Northwest Lands, Northwest Peoples, edited by Dale Goble and Paul Hirt.  Seattle: University of Washington Press, 1999.

Paul Hirt, “Creating Wealth by Consuming Place: Making Sense of National Forest Management in the Pacific Northwest,” a chapter in the book Power and Place in the North American West.  Edited by John Findlay and Richard White.  Seattle: University of Washington Press, 1999. 

Paul Hirt, “Dupes, Conspirators, Truth-Seekers, and Other Breeds: A Typology of the Human Animal in Environmental History Narratives,” a chapter in the book Human/Nature: biology, culture, and environmental history.  Edited by John Herron & Andrew Kirk.  Univ of New Mexico Press, 1999. 

 

Non-Peer-Reviewed Published Articles, Chapters, Conference Proceedings, etc. 

 Paul Hirt, "A Brief History of River Development and River Conservation in North America." Ekonomska I Ekohistorija, vol. VIII (2012): 62-65. (Invited article for peer-reviewed journal in Croatia.)

Paul Hirt, “Teaching US History with Environmentally Themed Cartoons,” OAH Magazine of History, vol. 25, no. 4 (October 2011): 45-48. (Invited contribution to special issue on environmental history.)

Dale D. Goble, Paul Hirt, and Susan Kilgore, “GALLERY: On Political Cartoons,” in Environmental History, vol. 10, no. 4 (October 2005), pp. 776-92. (Invited brief article for “Gallery” section of journal.)

Paul Hirt, "Creating an Adaptable American Studies Curriculum for Kyrgyzstan: The Benefits of Flexibility," in the proceedings for the conference "America's Changing Role: American Studies in Central Asia," Archives of the Second Annual American Studies Symposium Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, published by the American University of Central Asia, April 2005.

Paul Hirt, “Creating an American Studies Curriculum for Ukraine,” in ASAU Issues: The Newsletter of the American Studies Association of Ukraine, v. 2 (2003), pp. 2-3. 

Paul Hirt, “Following the Money,” Inner Voice, vol. 9, no. 1 (Jan/Feb 1997), pp. 1, 6-8.  (A feature article for an issue devoted to the influence of federal budgets on national forest management. Journal of Forest Service Employees for Environmental Ethics.)  

Paul Hirt, “Obstacles to Achieving Federal Land Management Goals: The Disjunction Between Planning and Funding: A Case Study of the Coronado National Forest, Arizona.” Biodiversity and Management of the Madrean Archipelago: The Sky-Islands of the Southwestern United States and Northwestern Mexico.  Ft. Collins, CO: USDA Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Forest and Range Experiment Station, General Technical Report RM-GTR-264, Sept 1995, pp. 451-60.  

Paul Hirt, “Preserve Design for Maintaining Biodiversity in the Sky-Island Region,” paper co-authored by Dale Turner, Susan Brandes, Mark Fishbein, and Paul Hirt.   Biodiversity and Management of the Madrean Archipelago: The Sky-Islands of the Southwestern United States and Northwestern Mexico.  Ft. Collins, CO: USDA Forest Service, pp. 524-30.  

Paul Hirt, “Changing with the Times: Forestry and Society,” San Juan Almanac (Jan/Feb 1995), pp. 4-5, 18-19. 

Paul Hirt, “Two Sides of a Coin: Fragmentation and Diversity in the Forest Service,” Universe (WSU Press, Fall 1994), pp. 26-31.  

Paul Hirt, “Technological Optimism in Public Forestry: The Rise and Decline of ‘Intensive Management’ of the National Forests after World War Two,” in Foresters Together: Meeting Tomorrow’s Challenges—Proceedings of the 1993 Society of American Foresters National Convention (Washington, DC: Society of American Foresters, 1994), pp. 456-62.  

Paul Hirt, “Timber Dreams: Fifty Years of National Forest Planning,” Inner Voice, v. 6, no. 3 (1994): 1, 6-7.  

Paul Hirt, “National Forest Long-Term Planning and Short-Term Funding: A Historical Appraisal and Reform Proposal,” Inner Voice, v. 4, no. 6 (Nov./Dec. 1992).   

Paul Hirt, “Response to Changing Values in a Developed River System: Fisheries and Hydropower in the Columbia River Basin,” in Frank Gregg, et al., Institutional Response to a Changing Water Policy Environment, Research Report, Water Resources Research Center, University of Arizona, Dec. 1991. 

Paul Hirt, “Arizona Politicians Short-Circuit Laws for Huge Telescope Project,” Inner Voice , vol. 3, no. 1 (1991).  

Paul Hirt, “The Mount Graham Red Squirrel Controversy,” Endangered Species Update, v. 7, n. 6 (April 1990).  [A University of Michigan and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service publication.] 

Research Activity
Summer 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
SOS 596Capstone: Scientific Paper
Spring 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
HST 591Seminar
SOS 594Conference and Workshop
HST 599Thesis
SOS 792Research
HST 792Research
SOS 799Dissertation
HST 799Dissertation
Fall 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
HST 306Studies in US History
SOS 594Conference and Workshop
HST 598Special Topics
HST 599Thesis
SOS 792Research
HST 792Research
SOS 799Dissertation
HST 799Dissertation
Spring 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
HST 308Hist & Phil of Sustainability
SOS 309Hist & Phil of Sustainability
PHI 322Hist & Phil of Sustainability
HST 591Seminar
SOS 594Conference and Workshop
HST 599Thesis
SOS 790Reading and Conference
HST 792Research
SOS 792Research
SOS 799Dissertation
HST 799Dissertation
Fall 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
HST 110United States Since 1865
HST 306Studies in US History
HST 590Reading and Conference
SOS 594Conference and Workshop
SOS 792Research
HST 792Research
SOS 799Dissertation
Spring 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
HST 394Special Topics
SOS 394Special Topics
HST 590Reading and Conference
HST 591Seminar
SOS 594Conference and Workshop
HST 692Research
SOS 790Reading and Conference
SOS 792Research
Fall 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
HST 110United States Since 1865
HST 345Environmental History
SOS 594Conference and Workshop
HST 692Research
SOS 792Research
SOS 799Dissertation
Spring 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
SOS 394Special Topics
HST 394Special Topics
PHI 394Special Topics
BIO 394Special Topics
HST 593Applied Project
HSD 598Special Topics
SOS 598Special Topics
HST 598Special Topics
HST 599Thesis
HST 790Reading and Conference
SOS 792Research
Fall 2014
Course NumberCourse Title
HST 345Environmental History
SOS 591Seminar
HST 591Seminar
SOS 593Applied Project
SOS 792Research
Summer 2014
Course NumberCourse Title
SOS 594Conference and Workshop
HST 790Reading and Conference
Spring 2014
Course NumberCourse Title
HST 342US West 20th Century
BIO 394Special Topics
SOS 394Special Topics
HST 394Special Topics
PHI 394Special Topics
HST 590Reading and Conference
SOS 792Research
HST 792Research
HST 799Dissertation
Fall 2013
Course NumberCourse Title
HST 341U.S. West 19th Century
HST 345Environmental History
SOS 792Research
HST 799Dissertation
Presentations
  • Paul Hirt. "Sustainability: Interpreting the Past, Imagining the Future". Alaska Historical Society and Museums Alaska annual conference (Sep 2014).
  • Paul Hirt, Eve Vogel, and Joshua Binus. "Hydropower and the Struggle Between Private Wealth and Public Welfare in Northwest North America". World Congress on Environmental History (Jul 2014).
  • Paul Hirt and others. Panel 4: Responses and Responsibility: Socio-Economic Histories Surrounding the Fukushima Disasters. Searching for the Historical Roots of the March 11, 2011 Disaster in Japan (Apr 2014).
  • Paul Hirt and others. Digital History Workshop. American Society for Environmental History annual conference (Mar 2014).
  • Paul Hirt and others. "Environmental History and the Digital Humanities, Part II: Implementing Active Digital Environmental History Projects". American Society for Environmental History annual conference (Mar 2014).
  • Paul Hirt. From Gardens to the Grand Canyon: Exploring the Public History of the Environment. National Council on Public History annual conference (Mar 2014).
  • Paul Hirt, Eve Vogel, and Joshua Binus. Energy and the Public Good: Electric System Transitions in the U.S. Northwest, 1870s-Present. Human and Social Dimensions of Science and Technology research colloquium (Nov 2013).
  • Paul Hirt. Commentary of three papers. Western History Association annual conference (Oct 2013).
  • Paul Hirt. The Neoliberal Myth of the Market: Why We Started Regulating Electric Power Systems and Who Benefited". American Society for Environmental History annual conference, Toronto, Ontario (Apr 2013).
  • Paul Hirt. Hope and Change? Assessing Obama's Domestic Policies. Barack Obama and American Democracy IV (Mar 2013).
  • Paul Hirt. Commentary on three presentations. Water in Asia: Science, Values, and Activism (Mar 2013).
  • Paul Hirt. Commentary on 3 papers for a panel on "Water and Conservation". Western History Association annual meeting/conference (Oct 2012).
  • Paul Hirt. A Brief History of River Development and River Conservation in North America. Conference on the Mura-Drava-Danube Rivers (Koprivnica, Croatia) (Jun 2012).
  • Eve Vogel and Paul Hirt. "Environmental and Democratic Influences on the Pacific Northwest Electric Power System". American Society for Environmental History (Mar 2012).
  • Dan Killoren and Paul Hirt. American Indian Water Rights Settlements in Arizona: Lessons for Resolving Water Conflicts. Decisions Center for a Desert City Water/Climate Briefings (Apr 2011).
  • Roy Janisch, Ricky Jones, Paul Hirt. Hope and Change: Assessing Obama's Domestic Policies. Assessing Obama's Record, 2-day symposium sponsored by Dr. Matthew Whitaker, ASU (Mar 2011).
  • Paul Hirt. "Electrifying Our Lives: Lessons from 130 Years of Electric Power Development in the Pacific Northwest". History Faculty "Works in Progress" colloquium series (Nov 2010).
  • Paul Hirt. "A Surprisingly Short History of Geological Science and Interpretation at the Grand Canyon". Trail of Time at Grand Canyon: New Approaches to GeoScience Education in the National Park System (Oct 2010).
  • Paul Hirt. The Humanities and Ecological Crisis: Research-Pedagogy-Practice. American Society for Environmental History (Mar 2010).
  • Paul Hirt. Public Interest and Private Profit in the Northwest's Hydroelectric System, 1900-1930. American Society for Environmental History conference (Mar 2010).
  • Paul Hirt. "Environmental Impacts of the Border Fence: A Bi-National Challenge". Transboundary Environmental Impact Assessment of the Border Fence: Spaces, Instruments, Actors (Nov 2008).
  • Paul Hirt. "Power, Politics, and Geography: The Shaping of Electric Power Systems in the Pacific Northwest". American Society for Environmental History Annual Confrence (Mar 2008).
  • Paul Hirt. Roundtable: The Grand Canyon in History. Organization of American Historians (OAH) Annual convention, New York City (Mar 2008).
  • Hirt, Paul. Incorporating Place-Based Research and Environmental Service-Learning Projects into Environmental History Courses. American Society for Environmental History annual conference (Mar 2006).
  • Hirt, Paul. Restructuring Rivers, Lives, and Landscapes in the Pacific Northwest. American Society for Environmental History annual conference (Mar 2006).
  • Hirt, Paul. Versions of the Columbia's Future: Three Episodes in the 20th Century History of the Great River of the West. American Society for Environmental HIstory annual conference (Mar 2006).
  • Hirt, Paul. The US Forest Service: a Centennial Retrospective. Western History Association annual conference / panel on USFS Centennial (Oct 2005).
  • Hirt, Paul, Lukinbeal, Christopher. Cultural/Historical Landscapes of Grand Canyon National Park. ASU Institute for Humantities research workshop series (Sep 2005).
  • Hirt, Paul. The Rise and Fall of Forestry as the Leading Voice for Conservation in America, 1900-2000. Working Toward Common Goals in Sustainable Forest Management: European and American Forestry (Jun 2005).
  • Hirt, Paul. What Makes an International Collaboration Work?. The United States in Times of War and Peace-American Studies Conference (Jun 2005).
  • Hirt, Paul. I Am Held Upright by Opposing Forces on All Sides: Politics and the Forest Service. Political Savvy Workshop - US Forest Service Leadership Training (Feb 2005).
  • Hirt, Paul. International Educational Exchange Project Management in Ukraine and China. Internationalization Round Table; American Studies Association convention (Nov 2004).
  • Hirt, Paul. The US and Chinese Wests: An Exploration of Similarities. China-U.S. Sustainability Training, Arizona State University (Oct 2004).
  • Hirt, Paul. US-Canada Relations over Columbia River Hydropower and Fraser River Salmon. Challenges of a Transboundary World conference, UC-Irvine (Oct 2004).
  • Hirt, Paul. Hydropower and the Rise and Decline of River Mega-Projects in the U.S. Pacific Northwest. American Society for Environmental History annual conference (Apr 2004).
  • Hirt, Paul. Writing a Successful Educational Partnership Grant Proposal. Proposal Development Workshop, Educational Partnerships Program, US State Dept., Washington DC (Nov 2003).
  • Hirt, Paul. Consuming Power: A Materialist Approach to the History of Electric Power. WSU American Studies graduate colloquium series (Nov 2003).
  • Hirt, Paul. Opportunities and Obstacles in Managing International Academic Collaborations; and other presentations. Ediucational Partnerships Project Directors Workshop, US State Department/Embassy of Ukraine (Oct 2003).
  • Hirt, Paul. Pasts and Places: Topics in Pacific Northwest History. WSU Department of History Colloquium Series (Sep 2003).
  • Hirt, Paul. Centralization to Decentralization in Electric Power Production Systems in the United States. European Society for Environmental History biannual conference, Prague (Sep 2003).
  • Hirt, Paul. Governance of Public Lands in the Context of Social Change. Montana Summit, University of Montana College of Forestry and Conservation (Aug 2003).
  • Hirt, Paul. Momentary Outbursts of Design Intelligence: The Evolution of Electric Power Systems in the US since 1880. American Society for Environmental History annual conference (Apr 2003).
  • Hirt, Paul. Momentary Outbursts of Design Intelligence: The Evolution of Electric Power Systems in the US since 1880. Environmental Sociology Workshop Series, WSU (Apr 2003).
  • Hirt, Paul. The Politics of Breaching the Lower Snake River Dams. Wildlands Issues Colloquium, University of Idaho College of Natural Resources (Apr 2003).
  • Hirt, Paul. The Implications of Environmental Studies Research for Contemporary Public Policy Issues. Environmental Studies Faculty Research Colloquium (Feb 2003).
  • Hirt, Paul. Immigration and Settlement in the American West. US-Canada Comparative Perspectives on the West, History Department Colloquium, WSU (Feb 2003).
  • Hirt, Paul. American Perspectives. Collaborative Programs with Post-Communist Nations: Experiences and Lessons (Feb 2003).
  • Hirt, Paul. Nature, Culture, and History: Rethinking the Past and Present. Thinkers and Visionaries of the American West speaker series, Gonzaga University, Spokane WA (Oct 2002).
  • Hirt, Paul. The More Things Change, the More They Stay the Same: Public Wildlands Management, Past and Present. Wildlands Issues Colloquium, University of Idaho College of Natural Resources (Oct 2002).
  • Hirt, Paul. (Analytical commentary on three papers). Western History Association annual conference (Oct 2002).
  • Hirt, Paul. (No formal title--closing presentation at conference). History of the American West symposium in honor of William G. Robbins (Apr 2002).
  • Hirt, Paul. History and Politics: Scholarship, Audience, Relevance. Spring Colloquium Series, Washington State University Department of History (Mar 2002).
  • Hirt, Paul. Integrating environmental service/learning projects in undergraduate courses in environmental history. Service/Learning Symposium, Center for Teaching and Learning Technology, Washington State University (Feb 2002).
  • Hirt, Paul. Bridging the Worlds of Academia and Activism in Environmental Studies. University of California-Santa Cruz College Eight Environmental Speakers Series (Feb 2002).
  • Hirt, Paul. (No formal title). Journal of Environmental Law and Litigation Symposium, UO School of Law, Eugene, OR (Feb 2002).
Service
  • Director of Graduate Studies for History, Director (2006-2011, 2014-2015)
  • Search Committee for Environmental Humanities and Sustainability position, Chair of the committee (2014)
  • Dean's Strategic Planning & Academic Resources Advisory Council, Member (2014-2015)
  • BC Studies (British Columbia), Manuscript reviewer (2013 - Present)
  • Melikian Center for Russian, Eurasian, and East European Studies, Elected member of the Melikian faculty (2012 - Present)
  • Arizona Center for Leadership in Learning, Presenter at annual professional development conference (2012 - Present)
  • Oregon Historical Quarterly, Book reviewer (2012 - Present)
  • Ekonomska i ekohistorija [Economic and Ecohistory] journal, Editorial board member (2011 - Present)
  • Ekonomska i ekohistorija [Economic and Ecohistory] journal, Republic of Croatia, Editorial board member (2011 - Present)
  • School of Public Affairs, Faculty Affiliate (2011 - Present)
  • ASEH Leopold-Hidy Prize for best article, Prize committee member (2011 - Present)
  • ASEH Leopold-Hidy Prize for best article, Prize committee member (2011 - Present)
  • American Society for Environmental History, Editorial Board, Appointed member (2011 - 2015)
  • Amer Society for Environmental History, Advisory Board on Professional Development, Appointed member (2010 - 2017)
  • American Society for Environmental History, Sustainability Committee, Appointed member (2010 - 2016)
  • School of Life Sciences (SOLS), Affiliate (2009 - Present)
  • Society for Conservation Biology (SCB), Liaison (2009 - Present)
  • School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning (SGSUP), Faculty affiliate and graduate mentor (2008 - Present)
  • Biology and Society Program, Member of the graduate faculty (2007 - Present)
  • Biology and Society Program, Member of the graduate faculty (2007 - Present)
  • Biology and Society Program, School of Life Sciences, Member of the graduate faculty (2007 - Present)
  • Grand Canyon Association (GCA), Project partner, lecturer, trainer (2007 - 2010)
  • Human and Social Dimensions of Science and Technology (HSD) PhD program, Member of PhD program steering committee and admissions committee (2007 - Present)
  • North American Center for Transborder Studies, Member of faculty advisory council (2007 - Present)
  • History Graduate Student Association, Faculty sponsor/advisor (2006 - Present)
  • School of Human Evolution and Social Change, Collaborator/affiliate (2006 - Present)
  • Decision Center for a Desert City (DCDC), Affiliate (2006 - Present)
  • School of Sustainability, Affiliate faculty, member of Graduate Studies committee (2006 - Present)
  • School of Sustainability and Global Institute of Sustainability, "Senior Sustainability Scholar" at GIOS and affiliate faculty in SOS (2006 - Present)
  • School of Sustainability and Global Institute of Sustainability, "Senior Sustainability Scholar" at GIOS and affiliate faculty on SOS (2006 - Present)
  • Graduate Studies, Director (2006 - Present)
  • North American Field Committee, Member (2005 - Present)
  • School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning (SGSUP), Faculty affiliate and graduate mentor (2005 - Present)
  • School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning (SGSUP), Faculty affiliate and graduate mentor (2005 - Present)
  • School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning (SGSUP), Faculty affiliate and graduate mentor (2005 - Present)
  • Strategic Planning and Academic Resources Advisory Council, Elected member (2012 - 2015)
  • American Society for Environmental History, Editorial Board, Appointed member (2011 - 2015)
  • Department of Geosciences, University of Massachusetts-Amherst, Tenure and promotion reviewer (2014 - 2014)
  • SHPRS and IHR roundtable, participant/discussant (2014 - 2014)
  • SRP, "Restoration Investment Strategies for Arizona's Forests and Watersheds" conference, Invited Speaker (2013 - 2013)
  • Arizona Council for History Education (ACHE), Presenter at ACHE's annual fall conference (2013 - 2013)
  • Public Library, City of Koprivnica, Croatia, Guest lecturer for Community Lecture Series (2012 - 2013)
  • Search committee: environmental humanities position, Member of the search committee (2012 - 2013)
  • American Society for Environmental History, Member of Sustainability Committee (2009 - 2013)
  • Faculty Activity Report (FAR) committee for History Faculty, Elected member (2012 - 2013)
  • Grand Canyon Association, Writer for quarterly newsletter/journal Canyon Views (2012 - 2012)
  • School of Sustainability, Graduate Program, Guest speaker in SOS 510 Perspectives on Sustainability core course (2012 - 2012)
  • Energy, Ethics, Society, and Policy program affiliated with CSPO, Presenter (2012 - 2012)
  • United Nations, Decade on Biodiversity, Discussion facilitatior for program "World Wide Views on Biodiversity" (2012 - 2012)
  • American Society for Environmental History, Member of Fundraising Committee (2008 - 2012)
  • Chiricahua-Peloncillo Heritage Days, Presenter (2011 - 2011)
  • Global Institute of Sustainability, Member of the Wrigley Lecture Committee (2009 - 2011)
  • School of Human Evolution and Social Change, Collaborator/affiliate (2006 - 2011)
  • School of Sustainability, Affiliate faculty, member of Graduate Studies committee (2006 - 2011)
  • School of Sustainability and Global Institute of Sustainability, "Senior Sustainability Scholar" at GIOS and affiliate faculty on SOS (2006 - 2011)
  • US Department of State, Junior Faculty Development Program, Advisor for JFDP fellow at ASU (2010 - 2011)
  • North American Center for Transborder Studies, Member of faculty advisory council (2007 - 2011)
  • School of Historical, Philosophical, and Religious Studies, Conference Participant/Discussant (2011 - 2011)
  • History/SHPRS, Member, American Indian Search Committee (2010 - 2011)
  • American Society for Environmental History (ASEH), Local Arrangements Chair, ASEH conference April 2011 (2009 - 2011)
  • American Society for Environmental History, Chair of Local Arrangements Committee and member of Program Committee for 2011 conference in Phoenix (2009 - 2011)
  • American Society for Environmental History, Co-Chair of Local Arrangements Committee for 2011 conference in Phoenix (2009 - 2011)
  • "Project Humanities," College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Division of Humanities, Presenter (2011 - 2011)
  • American Society for Environmental History, Executive Committee, elected member (2007 - 2011)
  • Oregon State University Press, Reviewer (2010 - 2010)
  • American Society for Environmental History, Advisor for research contract with National Park Service (2010 - 2010)
  • Sky Island Alliance, Board member, former president, event organizer (2003 - 2010)
  • Arizona Science Center, History exhibit consultant (2010 - 2010)
  • Agricultural History journal, Reviewer (2010 - 2010)
  • American Society for Environmental History, Newsletter contributor (2010 - 2010)
  • SHPRS Faculty Steering Committee, Member of steering committee (2009 - 2010)
  • Decision Center for a Desert City (DCDC), Affiliate (2006 - 2010)
  • School of Sustainability, Affiliate faculty, member of Graduate Studies committee (2006 - 2010)
  • History Faculty, SHPRS, Director of Graduate Studies (2006 - 2010)
  • Sky Island Alliance, Board member, former president, event organizer (2003 - 2010)
  • AudioLandscapes, Humanities/history advisor for Audiotour (2009 - 2010)
  • Department of History, McMaster University, Ontario, Guest lecturer for graduate course (2010 - 2010)
  • Audio Landscapes, Portland Oregon, Historical consultant (2010 - 2010)
  • American Historical Association, Presenter on a panel on job interviews (2010 - 2010)
  • Klaudyan: Internet Journal of Historical Geography and Environmental History, Editorial Board (2006 - 2010)
  • International League of Conservation Photographers (ILCP), Organizer of Borderlands Photo Exhibition (2009 - 2009)
  • Tempe Historical Society Museum, Advisor (2009 - 2009)
  • Institute for Humanities Research, Participant and Speaker (2009 - 2009)
  • School of Life Sciences (SOLS), Affiliate (2009 - 2009)
  • Society for Conservation Biology (SCB), Liaison (2009 - 2009)
  • Biology and Society Program, Member of the graduate faculty (2007 - 2009)
  • North American Center for Transborder Studies, Member of faculty advisory council (2007 - 2009)
  • "Spirit of the Senses" Tempe cultural salon, Guest speaker (2009 - 2009)
  • Montana Historical Society, Book reviewer (2009 - 2009)
  • Riordan Mansion State Historic Site, Guest lecturer--community lecture series (2009 - 2009)
  • Mesa School District--Teaching American History project, Guest lecturer/trainer (2009 - 2009)
  • New Mexico Historical Review, Book reviewer (2009 - 2009)
  • School of Historical, Philosophical, and Religious Studies, Member of Steering Committee (2008 - 2009)
  • National Endowment for the Humanities, Review panel member (2009 - 2009)
  • Institute for Humanities Research, Speaker (2008 - 2008)
  • Pacific Historical Review, Book reviewer (2008 - 2008)
  • Sky Island Alliance, President of the Board of Directors (2005 - 2008)
  • Department of History, Speaker at Homecoming event (2008 - 2008)
  • Grand Canyon Association and NAU, Speaker (2008 - 2008)
  • ASEH newsletter, American Society for Environmental History, Contributing author (2008 - 2008)
  • McDowell Sonoran Conservancy, speaker at monthly public forum (2008 - 2008)
  • Graduate College, Speaker on two podcasts for the "Straegies for Success" series (2008 - 2008)
  • City of Glendale, Foothills Branch Library, Speaker at Community Lecture Series (2008 - 2008)
  • LINKS, Scottsdale Community Forum, Speaker on a panel on Arizona water resources (2008 - 2008)
  • 14th Annual Southwest Graduate English Symposium, Participant in faculty roundtable on "Sustanability and the Academy" (2008 - 2008)
  • US History Field committee, Chair (2005 - 2007)
  • Quality of Instruction Committee, Faculty mentor (2006 - 2007)
  • Department Chair Search Committee, Member (2005 - 2007)
  • Prepariing Future Faculty (PFF) program, Co-coordinator (2004 - 2007)
  • Environmental History, Article manuscript reviewer (2006 - 2006)
  • ASEH newsletter, American Society for Environmental History, Contributing author (2006 - 2006)
  • Journal of Policy History, Article manuscript reviewer (2006 - 2006)
  • Graduate and Professional Development Steering Committee, Member (2004 - 2006)
  • Society and Natural Resources, Article manuscript reviewer (2006 - 2006)
  • Promotion and Tenure Committee, Oklahoma State University, Outside evaluator (2005 - 2005)
  • American Society for Environmental History, Member (2005 - 2005)
  • Pacific Historical Review (journal of the American Historical Assoc., Pacific Coast Branch), Book reviewer (2005 - 2005)
  • Promotion and tenure committee, University of Kansas, Outside evaluator (2005 - 2005)
  • US Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, Project Evaluator (2005 - 2005)
  • Departmental Search committee for target of opportunity hire (Susan Johnson), Member (2005 - 2005)
  • University of Pittsburgh Press, Manuscript referee (2005 - 2005)
  • Water Studies Search Committee (interdisciplinary), Member (2004 - 2005)
  • Promotion and Tenure committee, Peer teaching evaluator (2005 - 2005)
  • Department of History, Department of Religious Studies, ASU, Guest lecturer (2004 - 2004)
  • Washington State University Press, Manuscript reviewer (2003 - 2004)
  • U.S. Information Agency College and University Partnerships Program, Project administrator (1999 - 2004)
  • Nominating Committee, American Society for Environmental History, Chair (2004)
  • Pacific Historical Review (journal of the American Historical Assoc., Pacific Coast Branch), Book reviewer (2004)
  • Spokane (WA) Spokesman/Review (primary daily newspaper for the inland Northwest), Consultant / Interviewee on environmental history (2004)
  • Western History Association, Member (2004)
  • U.S. Department of State Educational Partnerships Program, Project administrator (2002 - 2004)
  • Environmental Studies Colloquium Group (ENSCOG), WSU, Co-founder (2002 - 2004)
  • Wildlands Issues Colloquium, University of Idaho College of Natural Resources, Speaker, panel moderator, co-sponsor of guest speakers (2002 - 2004)
  • Committee on Committees, WSU, Member and chair (2002 - 2004)
  • Undergraduate Essay Award committee, Center for Pacific Northwest Studies (Western Washington University), Member (2001 - 2004)
  • Graduate Studies Committee, Member (1994 - 2004)
  • Pettyjohn Endowment Committee, History Dept., WSU, Member (1993 - 2004)
  • Board of Directors, University of Idaho Press, Member (2002 - 2004)
  • Green Readers' Group, Spokane WA, Guest presenter (2003 - 2003)