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Brian Drake

Environmental history, 20th-century US social/political history

Ph.D., U. of Kansas, 2006

Office: 330 LeConte
Office Hours: TR 10:45-11:45

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Brian Allen Drake specializes in environmental history, a discipline which explores the intricate ways in which nature has affected human history and vice versa. His recent research focuses on the postwar American environmental movement, particularly its relationship to postwar politics and ideology. The University of Washington Press published his book, Loving Nature, Fearing the State: Environmentalism and Antigovernment Politics Before Reagan, in August 2013 in its Weyerhaeuser Environmental Series. He is currently editing a volume on the environmental history of the Civil War for the University of Georgia Press, to appear in 2014. Drake has published articles in Great Plains Quarterly, the Georgia Historical Quarterly, and Environmental History, many book reviews, and recently contributed a chapter to Barry Goldwater and the Remaking of the American Political Landscape, published by the University of Arizona Press. In 2005 he received the Harry S. Truman Good Neighbor Award Foundation's Eddie Jacobson Scholarship to support his dissertation research. Prior to arriving at UGA, Drake taught for two years in the Humanities and Western Civilization program at the University of Kansas. He earned his B.A. in history at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, and his M.A. in U.S. history from the University of Georgia.

Research and Teaching Interests

[Environment & Agriculture]
[U.S. 19th & 20th Century]

Selected Publications

Loving Nature, Fearing the State: Environmentalism and Antigovernment Politics before Reagan (University of Washington Press, 2013) More Info

"Green Goldwater: Barry Goldwater, Federal Environmentalism, and the Transformation of Modern Conservatism," in Barry Goldwater and the Remaking of the American Political Landscape, ed. Elizabeth Tandy Shermer (University of Arizona Press, 2013)

Courses Taught

HIST2111: U.S. History to 1865 [Syllabus]

HIST2112: U.S. History 1865 to Present [Syllabus]

HIST3073: Modern America, 1945 to Present [Syllabus]

HIST3160: American Environmental History [Syllabus]

HIST4725: Environmental History of the Modern World [Syllabus]

HIST4990: Senior Seminar [Syllabus]


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