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History | Jeffrey C. Sanders

Jeffrey Sanders

Associate Professor of History
Graduate Studies Director

Wilson-Short Hall 353


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Ph.D., University of New Mexico, 2005

Academic & Professional Interests

Sanders researches and teaches the history of environment, Pacific Northwest and American West, and modern US.


Sanders is currently working on a book titled Childhood and Environment in the Postwar American West (forthcoming, Cambridge University Press, 2016).

Seattle and the Roots of Urban Sustainability book coverSanders’s recent publications include, Seattle and the Roots of Urban Sustainability: Inventing Ecotopia (August, 2010), published as part of the History of the Urban Environment series with University of Pittsburgh Press; “Animal Trouble and Urban Anxiety: Human-Animal Interaction in Post-Earth Day Seattle,” Environmental History (April 2011); “Building an ‘Urban Homestead’: Survival, Self-Sufficiency, and Nature in Seattle, 1970-1980” in Green Openings: Urban Landscapes in Twentieth Century History (University of Virginia Press, 2011), published in conjunction with the German Historical Institute; “Madonna on the Road,” in City Dreams, Country Schemes (Reno: University of Nevada Press, 2011) ; and “The Battle for Fort Lawton: Competing Environmental Claims in Postwar Seattle,” Pacific Historical Review (May 2008).

His public history work includes Atomic West/Atomic World a National Endowment for the Humanities Landmarks of American History grant focused on the Hanford B-Reactor (July 2014) and the book McClellan Park: The Life and Death of an Urban Green Space (Albuquerque: Albuquerque Museum Press, 2004).