Dr. Sara Dant


Dr. Sara Dant
Professor of History 


Office -Social Science 266
Phone - (801)626-6699              
Fax - (801)626-7613 
Email - sdant@weber.edu                            

Research and Teaching Areas
American West, Environmental, United States

Degrees: B.S., Northern Arizona University (1989); M.A., Washington State University (1991); Ph.D., Washington State University (2000)


  • History 1700 American Civilization
  • History 2700 History of the United States to 1877
  • History 2710 History of the United States since 1877
  • History 3270 American Environmental History
  • History 4070 20th Century U.S. since 1945
  • History 4110 History of the American West to 1900
  • History 4120 The American West since 1900
  • History 4985 Historical Research and Methods
  • History 4990 Senior Seminar
Sara Dant is Professor of History whose work focuses on environmental politics in the United States with a particular emphasis on the creation and development of consensus and bi-partisanism.  She is the author of prize-winning articles on western environmental politics and co-author, with Hal Rothman, of the two-volume Encyclopedia of American National Parks.  Dr. Dant is currently writing The Environment in the American West: A History forthcoming with Wiley, and has written chapters for two books on Utah: “Selling and Saving Utah, 1945-Present” in Utah History (forthcoming), and “Going with the Flow: Navigating to Stream Access Consensus,” in Desert Water: The Future of Utah’s Water Resources (2014).  She has given invited talks, served on Ph.D. dissertation committees, and regularly presents at scholarly conferences, reviews manuscripts for journals and presses, and publishes book reviews.  Professor Dant teaches lower-division courses in American History, and upper-division courses on the American West and US Environmental History, as well as Historical Methods and the Senior Seminar.
  • The Environment in the American West: A History  (Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc., forthcoming).
  • “Selling and Saving Utah, 1946-present,” in Utah History, ed. by David Rich Lewis, Brian Q. Cannon, Jeffrey Nichols, and W. Paul Reeve (Logan: Utah State University Press, forthcoming).
  • “Going with the Flow: Navigating to Stream Access Consensus,” in Desert Water: The Future of Utah’s Water Resources (Salt Lake City: University of Utah Press, 2014).
  • Field Notes: “Brigham Young’s ‘All the people’ Quote Quandary,” Western Historical Quarterly (forthcoming/Summer 2015).
  • Sara Dant, “LBJ, Wilderness, and the Land and Water Conservation Fund,” Environmental History 19 (October 2014), 736-743. 
    Reprinted in Forest History Today Vol. 20, Nos 1&2 (Spring/Fall 2014).
  • “Making Wilderness Work: Frank Church and the American Wilderness Movement,” Pacific Historical Review, Vol. 77, No. 2 (May 2008), 237-272.
    *Winner: The Forest History Society’s 2009 Theodore C. Blegen Award for best article in forest and conservation history.
  • The Encyclopedia of American National Parks (New York: M.E. Sharpe, 2004). Co-authored with Hal K. Rothman (UNLV).
  • "Bioregional Politics: The Case for Place," Oregon Historical Quarterly, Winter 2002, 439-451.
  • “Evolution of an Environmentalist: Senator Frank Church and the Hells Canyon Controversy,” MONTANA The Magazine of Western History, Spring 2001, 36-51.  *Winner: The Forest History Society’s 2002 Theodore C. Blegen Award for best article in forest and conservation history.
  • “Peak Park Politics: The Struggle Over the Sawtooths, from Borah to Church,” Pacific Northwest Quarterly, Summer 2000, 138-149.
    *Winner: Charles M. Gates Memorial Award for best article in Pacific Northwest Quarterly in 2000.
  • Book Reviews in: Environmental HistoryPacific Historical ReviewJournal of Policy HistoryWestern Historical Quarterly, Montana: The Magazine of Western History, New Mexico Historical Review, Michigan Historical Review, Pacific Northwest QuarterlyNevada Historical Society Quarterly
Manuscript Referee
  • Environmental History
  • Pacific Historical Review
  • Western Historical Quarterly
  • University of Oklahoma Press
  • University of Nebraska Press
  • Montana: The Magazine of Western History
  • University of Utah Press
  • Pacific Northwest Quarterly
Awards and Affiliations
  • 2013 “Woman of Wit” Award, Weber State University Women’s Center
  • 2009 Theodore C. Blegen Award for best article in forest and conservation history, The Forest History Society
  • 2007-2008 Joy Hilliard Fellowship in Environmental History, Denver Public Library
  • Weber Writes Award for Spring 2007, Weber State University
  • 2005 Hemingway Faculty Collaboration Award, Weber State University
  • 2002 Theodore C. Blegen Award for best article in forest and conservation history, The Forest History Society
  • Historical Consultant: Idaho Public Television Documentary "The Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness," Fall 2001-Spring 2002
  • Visiting Professor, USIA Ukraine Exchange, May 2000
  • Fellowship, Thomas S. Foley Institute of Public Policy and Public Service, Washington State University, 1999-2000
  • 2000 Harriett B. Rigas Award for Outstanding Woman in Graduate Studies at the Doctoral Level, Honorable Mention, Washington State University
  • 1999 Woman of Distinction Award - Outstanding Student at Washington State University
  • 1999 Bernard Bobb Teaching Excellence Award, Department of History, Washington State University
  • Outstanding Faculty - Student Choice Award, College of Eastern Utah, 1992, 1993, 1995, 1996
  • Outstanding Woman in Graduate Studies Award, Honorable Mention, Washington State University, 1991
  • 1989 President's Award, Northern Arizona University
  • Highest Ranking Scholar Award, Northern Arizona University, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989
  • Outstanding Senior Woman, Northern Arizona University, 1989
  • Northern Arizona University Commencement Speaker, 1989
  • American Society for Environmental History
  • Western History Association
  • Weber Historical Society - President 2002-2008
  • Phi Kappa Phi
  • Phi Alpha Theta (History Honor Fraternity)
  • Kappa Tau Alpha (Journalism Honor Fraternity)