Dr. Sara Dant
Professor of History
Office -Social Science 266
Phone - (801)626-6699
Fax - (801)626-7613
Email - firstname.lastname@example.org
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’s 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 currently writing an environmental history of the American West and has published several award-winning articles on Idaho Senator Frank Church, as well as numerous book reviews. In addition to co-authoring the two-volume Encyclopedia of American National Parks with Hal Rothman, Professor Dant has written chapters for two forthcoming books on Utah: “Selling and Saving Utah, 1945-Present” in Utah History, and “Going with the Flow: Navigating to Stream Access Consensus in Utah,” in Desert Water: The Future of Utah's Water Resources. Professor Dant regularly presents at scholarly conferences and has reviewed manuscripts for many journals and presses. She 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 (Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc., under contract).
“Selling and Saving Utah: 1946-Present,” in Utah History (Logan: Utah State University Press, forthcoming).
“Going with the Flow: Navigating to Stream Access Consensus in Utah,” in Desert Water: The Future of Utah's Water Resources (Salt Lake City: University of Utah Press, forthcoming).
- “Field Notes: Quote Quandary,” Western Historical Quarterly, forthcoming
- "Making Wilderness Work: Frank Church and the American Wilderness" Pacific Historical Review Vol 77, No. 2 (May 2008): 237-72. *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 History, Pacific Historical Review, Journal of Policy History, Western Historical Quarterly, Montana: The Magazine of Western History, New Mexico Historical Review, Michigan Historical Review, Pacific Northwest Quarterly
Awards and Affiliations
- 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
- 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
- Utah State Historical Society
- Phi Kappa Phi
- Phi Alpha Theta (History Honor Fraternity)
- Kappa Tau Alpha (Journalism Honor Fraternity)