Yale Environmental History promotes research and teaching at Yale on the complex historical relationship between people and the environment. Yale’s offerings benefit from a distinctive global scope, with historians specializing in aspects of African, Asian, European, Latin American, Middle Eastern, and United States environmental history.
Yale’s environmental history faculty and curriculum are enhanced by departmental strengths in History of Science and Medicine and the American West, as well as related academic programs across the university campus.
Yale Environmental History hosts frequent guest lectures and events, including our recurring conference, “New Perspectives in Environmental History,” which was held most recently in April 2017. Other past conferences include “Resources: Endowment or Curse, Better or Worse?” and “Two Kingdoms: New Perspectives on Flora and Fauna in Environmental History.” Yale students and faculty also share works-in-progress at a regular brownbag colloquium.
In 2014, Yale faculty launched a new Climate and History Initiative to facilitate interdisciplinary dialogue on the relationship between climate and the historical evolution of societies, institutions, and economies.