Paul Gregory Nauert
I research, write, & teach about environmental change & society in global history
A road between burned and unburned forest, Calaveras Big Trees State Park, California / Washoe and Central Sierra Miwok land, April 2021, photo by Paul G. Nauert
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More about who I am and what I do
I am an assistant professor of history at Eastern Oregon University.
My key research areas include:
global environmental history
the role of the United States in the modern world
comparative study of empires
Asian American history
transnational histories of the Pacific World
critical Anthropocene studies
I also am involved in community-building and public intellectual work, linking my research to challenges in the wider world.
First book project: Climate Crucible
Choices by American foreign policymakers in the 1940s shaped trajectories of climate change and the planetary politics of climate (in)justice. The consequences of their choices are still unfolding.
By comparing American debates on industrialization and resource use in occupied Germany and Japan, I trace a new story of American global power and responsibility linking the acceleration of climate change and the origins of the Cold War. Learn more.
Other work & current learning
Additional research, teaching, and writing interests of mine focus on intertwined patterns of labor, land use, commodities, race, gender, and class in the twentieth-century U.S. West and the wider Pacific world.
Learn more about what I've worked on and am currently learning.
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