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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:

Labor and environmental history of the United States, global capitalism, U.S. West.

Courses Taught:

  • HIS 141 - History of the United States to 1877
  • HIS 339 - Emergence of Industrial America, 1877-1914
  • HIS 358 - Recent America in Film
  • HIS 364 - U.S. Environmental History
  • HIS 365 - Civil War and Reconstruction
  • HIS 441 - Topics in U.S. History
  • HIS 495 - Senior Seminar



Empire of Timber: Labor Unions and the Pacific Northwest Forests
Forthcoming from Cambridge University Press, March 2016

Out of Sight: The Long and Disturbing Story of Corporations Outsourcing Catastrophe
Forthcoming from The New Press, June 2015

No Retreat, No Surrender: American History in Ten Strikes
Under contract with The New Press

Soil and Steel: The New Deal Roots of Labor-Environmental Coalitions Book in progress


"When Loggers Were Green: Lumber, Labor, and Conservation, 1937-48"
Forthcoming from Western Historical Quarterly, November 2015

"Reforestation Cooperatives and Countercultural Work in Northwestern Forests, 1970-1985"
Forthcoming from Pacific Northwest Quarterly, Winter 2015

"High Winds and Sun: Southeastern Colorado and the Dust Bowl"
Colorado Heritage, September/October 2013, 16-19.

"Preserving Nature to Preserve the Republic: Laurens Bolles, New Mexico's Cold War Conservationist,"
New Mexico Historical Review 88, no.3 (Winter 2013): 41-64.

"Lives Under the Canopy: Spotted Owls and Loggers in Western Forests," with Ryan H. Edgington.
Natural Resources Journal 52, no.1 (Spring 2012): 99-134.

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

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