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Sutter, Paul Shriver Professor


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  • Paul Sutter is an environmental historian whose research has focused on the American wilderness movement, southern environmental history, U.S. imperial environmental history, and other topics. He is currently working on tentatively titled “Pulling the Teeth of the Tropics: Environment, Disease, Race, and the U.S. Sanitary Program in Panama, 1904-1914,” interprets American expansion and imperial public health through the lens of environmental history.


  • environmental history


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courses taught

  • HIST 1025 - American History since 1865
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2018 / Spring 2020
    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 1800 - Introduction to Global History
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2019
    Applies a broad perspective to the global past in order to illuminate how common historical patterns and processes as well as unique elements shaped the human experience. Using a thematic approach, introduces highlights cross-cultural interactions among societies, and, when relevant, how historical processes that began centuries ago still impact the contemporary world. Topic will vary by semester. Department enforced prerequisite: 3 hours of any history coursework.
  • HIST 6410 - Readings in Environmental History
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2019
    Offers historical perspective on the complex and interdependent relationship between human social and cultural institutions and the natural world. Considers interdisciplinary methodologies incorporating history, biology, geography, law, and other disciplines. Formerly HIST 6417.
  • HIST 7415 - Graduate Seminar in Modern United States History
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018
    Introduces students to various research approaches and methods in modern U.S. historiography and requires them to produce a substantial and original research paper using both primary and secondary sources.


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