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Environmental History

The University of Michigan has in recent years hired several faculty who are on the cutting edge of the emerging field of environmental history.  This cohort includes scholars who teach European, North American, African, and global environmental history, and, exceptionally, spans from remotest to modern time periods.  Specialists work on topics as varied as medieval earthworks, Native American land use, and the environmental impact of the 20th century weapons industry, and how modern tourism reshapes landscapes.  Their work emphasizes the material, cultural, and intellectual connections between humans and their environments, both natural and humanly constructed.  This cohort has been working to build intellectual, institutional, and pedagogical connections with the School of Natural Resources, whose undergraduate offerings now fall under the administration of the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts.