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First Name
Last Name
Auburn University
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Environment, water, groundwater, agriculture, Spain, science, European Union, conservation, comparative history
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About Me

Sarah Hamilton is an associate professor of history and the director of the Academic Sustainability Program at Auburn University. Her current book project, Water Underground, is a comparative study of large-scale groundwater development over the past 150 years that incorporates sites in Spain, the United States, Australia, Saudi Arabia, and southern Africa. It follows flows of water, goods, expertise, and technology through global networks and explores epistemological and practical questions surrounding the exploitation of invisible resources.

Her first book, Cultivating Nature: The Conservation of a Valencian Working Landscape, received the 2019 Turku Book Award from the European Society for Environmental History and the Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society. Focusing on the history of the Albufera de Valencia, a natural park located in eastern Spain, it used the park’s contested lands and waters as a lens to bring regional, national, and global social histories into sharp focus. It argued that efforts to preserve biological and cultural diversity must incorporate the interests of those who live within the heavily modified and long-exploited ecosystems of contemporary working landscapes.

Dr. Hamilton also directs the Academic Sustainability Program at Auburn University and has received multiple teaching awards for her engaged pedagogical methods.


Recent Publications

Cultivating Nature: The Conservation of a Valencian Working Landscape (University of Washington Press, 2018).

Environmental Change and Protest in Franco’s Spain, 1939-1975.” Environmental History 22 (2017): 257-281.

Activismo Medioambiental en la Época Tardofranquista. El caso de El Saler.” Arbor: Ciencia, Pensamiento, Cultura (journal of the Spanish National Research Council), 192 no. 781 (Sept-Oct. 2016): a346.

Media Coverage
Country Focus
Spain, Australia, Global
Expertise by Geography
Spain, Western Europe
Expertise by Chronology
20th century, 21st century
Expertise by Topic
Environment, Politics, Rural & Agrarian History, Science, Technology