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Young, Phoebe S. K. Associate Professor


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research overview

  • Young is a historian of the 19th and 20th-century U.S. with interests in culture, the environment, public memory, and the American West. Her current work concerns the history of camping and sleeping outside and examines the shifting understandings of nature as public space. Future interests concern student learning, pedagogy, and the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning in History.


  • American cultural history, environment, public memory, popular culture, ethnicity, scholarship of teaching and learning, American West, outdoor recreation, homelessness


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courses taught

  • HIST 1025 - American History since 1865
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018 / Spring 2019
    Explores political, social and cultural changes in American life since Reconstruction. Focuses on shifting social and political relations as the U.S. changed from a nation of farmers and small-town dwellers to an urban, industrial society; the changing meaning of American identity in a society divided by ethnicity, race and class; and the emergence of the U.S. as a world power.
  • HIST 3020 - Historical Thinking & Writing
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2019
    Develops the research techniques and habits of mind required to succeed in the History major, honing students' critical, analytical, and synthetic skills while introducing them to History as a discipline and a way of understanding the world. Students practice the kinds of writing required in upper-division History classes. Topics will vary. May be repeated up to 6 total credit hours.
  • HIST 4416 - Environmental History of North America
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2018 / Fall 2019
    Examines how people of North America, from precolonial times to the present, interact with, altered, and thought about the natural world. Key themes include Native American land uses; colonization and ecological imperialism; environmental impacts of food and agriculture; industrialization, urbanization and pollution; energy transitions; cultures of environmental appreciation; the growth of the conversation and environmental movements.
  • HIST 4930 - History Internship
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2020
    Matches selected students with supervised internships in professional archives research libraries, historical associations, and special projects. Interns apply their academic area specialty to their work in the field. Internships have a work and academic (reading and writing) component. May be repeated up to 6 total credit hours. Recommended prerequisite: completion of lower-level history coursework (for example HIST 1015 or HIST 1025).
  • HIST 6420 - Memory and History in Transnational Perspective
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2018
    Engages in debates about historical methods and how the past is represented. Central topics will include memory and the forces of nationalism and war; commemoration and monuments; the role of memory in the construction of race and ethnicity; personal past and cultural remembrance; and the relationships between academic, public, and popular histories.


International Activities

global connections related to teaching and scholarly work (in recent years)

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