Welcome

Yale Environmental History promotes research and teaching at Yale on the complex historical relationship between people and the environment.  Yale’s program has a global scope, with historians specializing in aspects of African, Asian, European, Latin American, Middle Eastern, and United States environmental history. Recent faculty scholarship has included books and essays about hurricanes in the Caribbean; land and climate in Viet Nam; the environmental history of the Ottoman Empire; Japanese demographic history; cryopolitics and biomedicine; the history of cartography; and the politics of population growth and resource scarcity in the United States.

Yale Environmental History hosted its recurring conference“New Perspectives in Environmental History,” on Saturday, April 14, 2018. The archive of past conference programs can be viewed online. 

Several years ago, 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. Yale hosted a faculty workshop on climate history in October 2017 and offered a lecture series on paleoclimate and the Nile in April 2018.

Yale Environmental History is a contributing program to Yale’s new Environmental Humanities Initiative.

Yale's Climate and History Initiative-- an interdisciplinary collaboration
Graduate and Undergraduate Course Offerings in Environmental History
Upcoming and Past Public Talks and Seminars