Sara Gregg, Ph.D.

Humanities - History, Environmental Studies Program
Associate Professor
Primary office:
Wescoe Hall, 3620
University of Kansas
1445 Jayhawk Blvd.
Lawrence, KS 66045




Professor Gregg teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in environmental and agricultural history, with both a global scope and a more specific geographical focus on the United States. She is also on the faculty of the Environmental Studies program, where she teaches the course in Environmental Law.

Teaching Interests

  • U. S. Environmental History
  • World Agricultural History
  • Environmental Law
  • History of the U.S. West


Professor Gregg (Ph.D. Columbia University, 2004) specializes in the environmental history of North America, and, more specifically, the intersections between land policy and environmental change. Her current research focuses on the unanticipated consequences of another major federal land use initiative, the 1862 Homestead Act, and particularly the impact of the idea of "free land" on homesteaders and the development of western infrastructure and federal investment in the region. Her first book, Managing the Mountains: Land Use Planning, the New Deal, and the Creation of a Federal Landscape in Appalachia, examined the evolution of land use planning in the Appalachian region by uncovering the deep connections between progressive reform and New Deal conservation programs as well as the regional changes precipitated by federal investment in new national parks and forests. She has written on subsistence farms, agrarian thought, the history of conservation, and the place of the 1916 Federal Farm Loan Act on the World War I wheat boom. She currently serves on the board of directors of the Climate and Energy Project, and on the editorial board of the journal Agricultural History, and has formerly served on the executive committee of the American Society for Environmental History and the board of directors of the Forest History Society.

Research Interests

  • Land Policy
  • Environmental History
  • Agricultural History
  • Modern U.S. History

Selected Publications

Gregg, Sara M. 2015. “From Breadbasket to Dust Bowl:  Rural Credit, the World War I Plow-Up, and the Transformation of American Agriculture.” Journal Articles. Great Plains Quarterly 35 (2): 129–66.
Gregg, Sara. 2014. “Agricultural Practices, Westward Expansion, and Land Use (Pre-1500s-1870s).” Book Chapters. In The CQ Guide to U.S. Environmental Policy, edited by Sally Fairfax and Edmund Russell. DWJ Books.
Hagenstein, Edwin, Sara M. Gregg, and Brian Donahue, eds. 2011. “American Georgics: Writings on Farming, Culture, and the Land.” Other. Yale University Press.

Selected Grants

Carson Center Fellowship. Submitted 1/1/2016 (5/1/2017 - 8/31/2017). Foreign (company, govt, agencies, etc.). Status: Funded
Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society. Submitted 5/1/2016 (5/1/2017 - 8/31/2017). Other. Status: Funded
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