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Louis Warren

Prof. Dr. Louis Warren

Carson Fellow


Louis Warren was also Carson Fellow from June 2012 to August 2012, and from June 2013 to August 2013.

Louis Warren is W. Turrentine Jackson Professor of Western US History at the University of California, Davis, where he teaches environmental history, the history of the American West, and California history. He is currently writing an environmental and cultural history of the Ghost Dance of 1890, an American Indian religious movement that swept the interior West. His previous books include The Hunter’s Game: Poachers and Conservationists in Twentieth-Century America (1997), Buffalo Bill’s America: William Cody and the Wild West Show (2005), and an edited textbook, American Environmental History (2003). He has won numerous awards for his writing, including the Albert J. Beveridge Award of the American Historical Association, the Caughey Western History Association Prize, and the Great Plains Distinguished Book Prize. He was founding coeditor and is now Editor-in-Chief of Boom: A Journal of California, a peer-reviewed, magazine-format quarterly published by the University of California Press and recipient of a Best New Magazine Award of 2011 from Library Journal. He holds a Guggenheim Fellowship for the academic year 2012–13.

RCC Research Project: A Hole in the Dream: The 1890 Ghost Dance and the Making of Modern America (pdf, 43 KB)

Film Interview with Louis Warren

Selected Publications     

  •  “Owning Nature: Towards an Environmental History of Private Property.” In The Oxford Handbook of Environmental History, edited by Andrew Isenberg. New York: Oxford University Press, 2013. 
  • “Animal Visions: Rethinking the History of the Human Future.” Environmental History 16 (July 2011): 413–7.
  • “Paths Toward Home: Landmarks of the Field in Environmental History.” In Companion to American Environmental History, edited by Douglas C. Sackman, 3–32. New Malden, MA: Wiley-Blackwell, 2010.
  • “Cody’s Last Stand: Masculine Anxiety, the Custer Myth, and the Frontier of Domesticity in Buffalo Bill’s Wild West show.” Western Historical Quarterly 34, no. 1 (2003): 49–69.
  • “Buffalo Bill Meets Dracula: William F. Cody, Bram Stoker, and the Frontiers of Racial Decay.” American Historical Review 107, no. 4 (2002): 1124–57.
  •  “The Nature of Conquest: Indians, Americans, and Environmental History.” In Companion to American Indian History, edited by Neal Salsbury and Philip J. Deloria, 287–306. Malden, MA: Blackwell’s, 2001.