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Adam Sowards

Adam Sowards

Professor; Director, Institute for Pacific Northwest Studies

319 Admin.
(208) 885-0529
Mailing Address
History Department
University of Idaho
875 Perimeter Drive MS 3175
Moscow, Idaho 83844-3175
Adam Sowards
  • Ph.D., History, Arizona State University, 2001
  • M.A., History, Arizona State University, 1997
  • B.A., History, University of Puget Sound, 1995
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Adam M. Sowards is an environmental historian who focuses on North America, especially the West, and is affiliate faculty in environmental science and water resources. A prize-winning historian, he has primarily focused on the American conservation movement and forest history. Sowards is interested in how environment and culture affect scientific inquiry and environmental management. He is especially interested in the history of public lands. He works with UI students, faculty and other collaborators on regional environmental history projects, especially ones that focus on forest and water use and management. Sowards has been at the University of Idaho since 2003 and has been active in interdisciplinary teaching, research and service. He has worked with dozens of graduate students in many academic programs, besides the hundreds of undergraduates who have passed through his classroom.

  • North American Environmental History
  • History of the North American West
  • History of Science


Guest Journal Editing

  •  Editor. “Environmentalism in the American West.” Special issue, Journal of the West 50, no. 1 (Winter 2011).

Selected Journal Articles

Selected Book Chapters

  • “Rexford Daubenmire and the Ecology of Place: Applied Ecology in the Mid-Twentieth-Century American West.” In New Perspectives on the History of Life Sciences and Agriculture, edited by Denise Phillips and Sharon Kingsland, 313-40. New York: Springer. [Forthcoming 2015]
  • With Paul Hirt. “The Past and Future of the Columbia River.” In The Columbia River Treaty Revisited: Transboundary River Governance in the Face of Uncertainty, edited by Barbara Cosens, 115-36. Corvallis: Oregon State University Press, 2012.

  • Associate Editor, History for a Sustainable Future Book Series, MIT Press
  • Book Review Editor, Idaho Yesterdays
  • Editorial Board, Journal of the West
  • Associate Editor, History for a Sustainable Future Book Series, MIT Press
  • Governing Council, Idaho Water Resources Research Institute
  • Core Faculty, Program in Environmental Science
  • Waters of the West work in local communities
  • Sponsored lecture series through the Institute for Pacific Northwest History
  • American Society for Environmental History, serving on several professional committees
  • Advisory council for the Sustainable Future History Project Book Series with MIT Press

  • Leadership Academy, University of Idaho, 2011-12
  • Association for American University Presses Books for Understanding, U.S. Supreme Court, for The Environmental Justice, 2010
  • Outstanding Faculty Award, Environmental Science Program, University of Idaho, 2009-10
  • Choice Outstanding Academic Title, 2008, for United States West Coast An Environmental History
  • University of Idaho Alumni Association Award for Faculty Excellence, 2008


Physical Address:
315 Administration Building

Mailing Address:
History Department
University of Idaho
875 Perimeter Drive MS 3175
Moscow, ID 83844-3175

Phone: (208) 885-6253

Fax: (208) 885-5221


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