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Dr. Josh Nygren

Assistant Professor of History

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Office: Wood Hall 136M

Office Phone: (660) 543-4404



My research focuses on the intersections of US environmental, political, and agricultural history. I am preparing a book manuscript on the history of soil and water conservation in the twentieth-century United States. This project explores the ideas, politics, technologies, and social and environmental relationships that shaped federal soil and water conservation since 1920, as well as the network of public and private parties that made it possible.


Ph.D. University of Kansas, 2015
B.A. University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, 2006

Courses offered
US History since 1877
North American Environmental History
US History since 1945
Food and Farming in US History

Selected Publications
“The Bulldozer in the Watershed: Conservation, Water, and Technological Optimism in the Post-World War II United States,” Environmental History 21 (January 2016): 126-136
“In Pursuit of Conservative Reform: Social Darwinism, the Agricultural Ladder, and European Tenancy,” Agricultural History 89 (Winter 2015): 75-101
Winner of the 2013 Everett E. Edwards Award (Agricultural History Society)
“A Producers’ Republic: Rural Zoning, Land Use, and Citizenship in the Great Lakes Cutover,
1920-1940,” Michigan Historical Review 40 (Spring 2014): 1-26