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University of Kansas
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environmental history, U.S. land policy, agricultural history, homesteading
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About Me

Sara Gregg is an associate professor of history and environmental studies at the University of Kansas.  She teaches the environmental history of North America, with a particular focus on the intersections of environmental change with politics, law, and agriculture.  Her current book project, Free Land: The Perils and Promise of Homesteading the U.S. West,examines the several Homestead Acts and their environmental impacts between 1862 and 1986.  Using historical GIS to map the landscapes of homesteading, this work is animated by microhistories of the Great Plains grasslands and the peoples of Kansas, Oklahoma, North Dakota, and Montana.

Gregg received her PhD from Columbia University. She has published two books:  Managing the Mountains:  Land Use Planning, the New Deal, and the Creation of a Federal Landscape in Appalachia(Yale, 2010), which won the George C. Weyerhaeuser Award for the best book in forest and conservation history in 2011; and American Georgics:  Writings on Farming, Culture, and the Land (edited with Brian Donahue and Edwin Hagenstein, Yale, 2011)She is an associate fellow of the Center for Great Plains Studies and a former fellow of the Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society and the National Museum of American History; currently serves on the editorial board for Agricultural History; and has served on the board of directors of the Forest History Society and the executive committee of the American Society for Environmental History

Recent Publications
Media Coverage
Country Focus
Expertise by Geography
United States
Expertise by Chronology
19th century, 20th century
Expertise by Topic
Environment, Government, Law, Rural & Agrarian History