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Andrew C. Isenberg

Hall Distinguished Professor of American History
Primary office:
Wescoe Hall
Room 3638


Environmental History; North American West; Borderlands; Native Americans

Office Hours Spring 2020: Tu. 12:30-2:30 & W 2:00-3:30

Selected Publications



Isenberg, A.C. The Destruction of the Bison:  An Environmental History, 1750-1920 second, twentieth-anniversary edition (New York:  Cambridge University Press, 2020).


J.M. Turner and A.C. Isenberg.  The Republican Reversal:  Conservatives and the Environment from Nixon to Trump (Cambridge, Ma.: Harvard University Press, 2018).


Isenberg, A.C., ed. The California Gold Rush:  A Brief History with Documents (Boston:  Bedford/St. Martin’s, 2018). 


Isenberg, A.C., ed. The Oxford Handbook of Environmental History (New York:   Oxford University Press, 2014). 


Isenberg, A.C.  Wyatt Earp:  A Vigilante Life (New York:  Hill and Wang, 2013).


Isenberg, A.C., ed. The Nature of Cities:  Culture, Landscape, and Urban Space (Rochester, New York:  University of Rochester Press, 2006).


Isenberg, A.C.  Mining California:  An Ecological History (New York:  Hill and Wang, 2005).


Selected Articles and Chapters in Books


Isenberg, A.C. "Rushing for Gold Redux," Pacific Historical Review, 88 (Spring 2019), 337-345.


Isenberg, A.C.  "’A land of hardship and distress’:  Camels, North American Deserts, and the Limits of Conquest," Global Environment, new ser. v. 12 n. 1 (2019) 84-101. 


Isenberg, A.C. and L. Kessler. "Settler Colonialism and the Environmental History of the North American West," Journal of the West, 56 (Fall 2017), 57-66.


Isenberg, A.C. "An Empire of Remedy:  Vaccination, Natives, and Narratives in the North American West," Pacific Historical Review, 86 (February 2017), 84-113.


Isenberg, A.C. "Between Mexico and the United States:  From Indios to Vaqueros in the Pastoral Borderlands," in J. Tutino, ed., Mexico and Mexicans in the Making of the United States (Austin:  University of Texas Press, 2012), 85-109.


Isenberg, A.C. "The Code of the West:  Sexuality, Homosociality, and Wyatt Earp," Western Historical Quarterly, 40 (Summer 2009), 139-157.


Isenberg, A.C. "Mercurial Nature:  The California Gold Country and the Coal Fields of the Ruhr Basin, 1850-1900," in U. Lehmkuhl and H. Wellenreuther, eds., Historians and Nature:  Comparative Approaches to Environmental History (Oxford:  Berg, 2007), 125-145.


Isenberg, A.C. "‘To see inside of an Indian’:  Missionaries and Dakotas in the Minnesota Borderlands," in K. Mills and A. Grafton, eds., Conversion:  Old Worlds and New (Rochester, New York:  University of Rochester Press, 2003), 218-240.


Isenberg, A.C. "The Moral Ecology of Wildlife," in N. Rothfels, ed., Representing Animals (Bloomington:  Indiana University Press, 2002), 48-64.


Isenberg, A.C. "The Market Revolution in the Borderlands:  George Champlin Sibley in Missouri and New Mexico, 1808-1826," Journal of the Early Republic, 26 (Fall 2001), 445-465.


Isenberg, A.C., "The Returns of the Bison:  Nostalgia, Profit, and Preservation," Environmental History, 2 (April 1997), 179-196.







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