Dr. Sara Dant


Professor and Chair of History

Office: Science Lab (SL), Room 402C
Phone: 801-626-6699 
Fax: 801-626- 7130
Email: sdant@weber.edu

Research & Teaching Areas 

  • American West
  • Environment
  • United States

Degrees

  • BS, Northern Arizona University (1989)
  • MA, Washington State University (1991)
  • PhD, Washington State University (2000)

Courses

  • HIST 1700 American Civilization
  • HIST 2700 History of the United States to 1877
  • HIST 2710 History of the United States since 1877
  • HIST 3270 American Environmental History
  • HIST 4070 20th Century U.S. since 1945
  • HIST 4110 History of the American West to 1900
  • HIST 4120 The American West since 1900
  • HIST 4985 Historical Research and Methods
  • HIST 4990 Senior Seminar

Biography

Sara Dant is Professor and Chair 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. Dant’s newest book is Losing Eden: An Environmental History of the American West (Wiley, 2017), and she is the author of several prize-winning articles on western environmental politics. Dant co-authored the two-volume Encyclopedia of American National Parks (2004) with Hal Rothman, and she has written chapters for three books on Utah: “Selling and Saving Utah, 1945-Present” in Utah History (forthcoming), “The ‘Lion of the Lord’ and the Land: Brigham Young's Environmental Ethic,” in The Earth Will Appear as the Garden of Eden: Essays in Mormon Environmental History, ed. by Jedidiah Rogers and Matthew C. Godfrey (Salt Lake City: University of Utah Press, forthcoming 2018), and “Going with the Flow: Navigating to Stream Access Consensus,” in Desert Water: The Future of Utah’s Water Resources (2014). She has given numerous invited talks, served on PhD dissertation committees, and regularly presents at scholarly conferences, reviews manuscripts for journals and presses, and publishes book reviews. 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.

Publications

  • Losing Eden: An Environmental History of the American West (Hoboken, NJ: Wiley & Sons, 2017).                                                                                                          New Books network PodcastPacific Northwest Quarterly review; Montana: The Magazine of Western History reviewBig Sky  Journal Review; Interview on Oregon NPR "Jefferson Exchange"; Interview on Phoenix NPR “Here and Now,” 
  • "The 'Lion of the Lord' and the Land: Brigham Young's Environmental Ethic," in The Earth Will Appear as the Garden of Eden: Essays in Mormon Environmental History, ed. by Jedidiah Rogers and Matthew C. Godfrey (Salt Lake City: University of Utah Press, forthcoming 2018).
  • “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).
  • “Field Notes: Brigham Young’s ‘All the People’ Quote Quandary,” Western Historical Quarterly, Vol. 46, No. 2 (Summer 2015), 219-223.
  • “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).
  • “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, Journal of Southern 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
  • Utah Historical Quarterly
  • Pacific Northwest Quarterly

Awards & Affiliations

  • 2017 Sustainability Research Award - Faculty, Weber State University
  • 2015 Sustainability Research Award - Faculty, Weber State University
  • 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
  • American Historical Association
  • Weber Historical Society - President 2002-2008
  • Phi Kappa Phi
  • Phi Alpha Theta (History Honor Fraternity)
  • Kappa Tau Alpha (Journalism Honor Fraternity)