College of Liberal Arts & Sciences

Brian Rumsey

Graduate Student
Primary office:


Environmental, U.S., and Climate

Advised by Gregory Cushman


Brian Rumsey is a doctoral student in environmental and U.S. history at the University of Kansas, and a fellow in KU’s NSF-sponsored C-CHANGE IGERT program. His work focuses especially on environmental risk, and his research examines the use of insurance to mitigate environmental risk, working under the supervision of Dr. Greg Cushman. Brian has worked most extensively on the history of the National Flood Insurance Program in the United States. He also studies the development of probability as a tool for flood prediction, and the history of approaches to flood protection in the US. Brian also holds a growing interest in agricultural history, which has led to interests in the history of crop insurance and farming in cool-weather marginal areas, especially Greenland. Many of his interests have natural connections to climate history and climate change, which led to his participation in KU’s IGERT (Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship), an interdisciplinary group of doctoral students who share a common scholarly interest in climate change. He anticipates a May 2015 graduation.

A native Iowan, Brian holds undergraduate degrees from Iowa State University in history (2005) and journalism (2006) and an MA in history from Mississippi State University (2010).

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