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Dr. Erik Loomis

Assistant Professor

Ph.D. University of New Mexico, 2008
M.A. University of Tennessee, 1999
B.A. University of Oregon, 1996

Research Interests:

Environmental History, Labor History, Late 19th-Early 20th Century U.S. History, U.S. West

Courses Taught:

  • HIS 141 - History of the United States to 1877
  • HIS 339 - Emergence of Industrial America, 1877-1914
  • HIS 364 - U.S. Environmental History
  • HIS 365 - Civil War and Reconstruction
  • HIS 441 - Topics in U.S. History (U.S. West)
  • HIS 495 - Senior Seminar


"High Winds and Sun: Southeastern Colorado and the Dust Bowl"
Colorado Heritage, Fall 2013

"Preserving Nature to Preserve the Republic: Laurens Bolles, New Mexico's Cold War Conservationist,"  New Mexico Historical Review, Winter 2013.

"Lives Under the Canopy: Spotted Owls and Loggers in Western Forests," with Ryan H. Edgington.  Natural Resources Journal, Spring 2012.


"Empire of Timber: Work and Nature in the Pacific Northwest Forests"


Contact Information:

Department of History
University of Rhode Island

80 Upper College Road
113 Washburn Hall
Kingston, RI 02881
Office: 203 Washburn
Phone: 401.874.4078

News and Events

URI History Student and Cithara: here

Watch interview of WWII veteran of the Battle of the Bulge created by Gregory Gentile here

Students interested in joining Phi Alpha Theta, the National History Honor Society, please click here

New report finds U.S. History majors Highest Earners in Humanities

Read the Blog entry here

'Historian' Among Top Ten Jobs
The job historian is ranked as one of the top 10 careers in a recent survey discussed in the Wall Street Journal. See the story here


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