Participant Info

First Name
Rebecca H.
Last Name
Independent scholar
Website URL
Environmental history, Environmental policy, Twentieth-century US history, Louisiana history, Southern history, Wetlands, Land use, Water use
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Personal Info

About Me

I earned my PhD in US history at Louisiana State University in 2016, and I specialize in environmental history and environmental policy, with a particular interest in land-use and water-use practices. I have published with OHA’s Process blog and Southern Cultures, and I am currently working on a manuscript for the University Press of Mississippi that examines policies related to Louisiana’s coastal erosion crisis.

Recent Publications
  • Louisiana Lost: The Struggle to Save the State’s Vanishing Wetlands, University Press of Mississippi, publication forthcoming
  • “Planning for a Smaller Coast: Restoration, Protection, and Social Justice in Coastal Louisiana, USA,” Louisiana’s Response to Extreme Weather: A Test Case for Coastal Resilience (editor, Shirley Laska), co-authored with Scott Hemmerling and Monica Barra, publication forthcoming
  • “Documenting Environmental History: Using Government Sources to Understand Louisiana’s Coastal Erosion Crisis,” Environmental History Now: A Blog, September 11, 2018
  • “‘A Self-Inflicted Wound’: The Impact of Coastal Erosion and Restoration on Louisiana’s Oyster Industry,” Southern Cultures, Vol. 24, No. 1: Food IV, The Coast, Spring 2018 (published under “Rebecca Bond Costa”)
  • “How Land Use Contributed to Risk and Disaster during Hurricane Katrina,” Process: A Blog for American History, Organization of American Historians, May 16, 2017 (published under “Rebecca Bond Costa”)
  • Review for Baptized in PCB’s: Race, Pollution, and Justice in an All-American Town by Ellen Griffith Spears, The Alabama Review, July 2016 (published under “Rebecca Bond Costa”)
Media Coverage
Country Focus
United States
Expertise by Geography
United States
Expertise by Chronology
Modern, 20th century, 21st century
Expertise by Topic
Environment, Government, Politics