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Paul Hirt

Paul Hirt
Senior Sustainability Scholar, Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability
Professor, School of Historical, Philosophical and Religious Studies, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Paul.Hirt@asu.edu
480-727-9084

School of Historical, Philosophical and Religious Studies
Arizona State University
PO Box 874302
Tempe, AZ 85287-4302

Paul Hirt is a historian specializing in the American West, global environmental history, environmental policy and sustainability studies. He offers a mix of undergraduate and graduate courses in these areas and shares teaching duties in the department's 4-semester Preparing Future Faculty course sequence (HST 780). Professor Hirt is an affiliated faculty member in the School of Sustainability, the Environmental Social Science PhD program of the School of Human Evolution and Social Change and serves on the steering committee of the new PhD program in Human and Social Dimensions of Science and Technology. In August 2006 he became the History Department's Director of Graduate Studies.

Hirt's publications include a monograph on the history of national forest management since WWII (A Conspiracy of Optimism, 1994), two edited collections of essays on Northwest history (Terra Pacifica, 1998 and Northwest Lands, Northwest Peoples, 1999), and two-dozen articles and book chapters on environmental and western history. Hirt's current research projects include (1) a monograph on the history of electric power in the US Northwest and British Columbia; (2) collaborative interdisciplinary research on water use, urban growth and sustainability in southern Arizona with scholars at the Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability and Decision Center for a Desert City; (3) a public education program on "Nature, Culture and History at the Grand Canyon," in partnership with the Grand Canyon Association and funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities http://www.asu.edu/clas/grandcanyonhistory/ and (4) a multi-university research, teaching and outreach program on the cultural and environmental history of the Sky Islands borderlands region of Arizona, New Mexico, Sonora and Chihuahua in collaboration with historians, geographers and ecologists at Arizona State University, University of Arizona, University of New Mexico and New Mexico State University. Hirt has served as a book and manuscript reviewer for more than a dozen academic presses and journals and has held positions on several editorial boards and professional association program and prize committees. In 2007 he was elected to the Executive Committee of the American Society for Environmental History. In his private life he is involved with regional conservation organizations and currently serves on the board of directors of the Sky Island Alliance based in Tucson, Arizona: http://www.skyislandalliance.org/

PhD, U.S. History, University of Arizona, 1991

MA, Asian Studies, University of Arizona, 1982

BA, Philosophy, University of Arizona, 1978

Journal Articles

2017

Hirt, P. W., R. Snyder, C. M. Hester and K. L. Larson. 2017. Water and Sustainability in Arizona: A Tale of Two Cities. Journal of the Southwest

2009

Larson, K. L., A. Gustafson and P. W. Hirt. 2009. Insatiable thirst and a finite supply: Assessing municipal water conservation policy in greater Phoenix, Arizona, 1980-2007. Journal of Policy History 21(2):107-137. DOI: 10.1017/S0898030609090058. (link )

2008

Hirt, P. W., A. Gustafson and K. L. Larson. 2008. The mirage in the Valley of the Sun. Environmental History 13(3):482-514. DOI: 10.1093/envhis/13.3.482v. (link )

Posters

2008

Gustafson, A., K. L. Larson, P. W. Hirt and L. Zautner. 2008. An assessment of municipal water conservation policy in greater Phoenix, Arizona, 1980-2007. Poster presented at 10 January 2008 CAP LTER 10th Annual Poster Symposium, Global Institute of Sustainability, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ. (link )

2007

Gustafson, A., K. L. Larson, P. W. Hirt and J. B. Chirumamilla. 2007. Assessing water conservation policy and water use in an arid metropolitan region: Phoenix, Arizona. Poster presented at the February 17, 2007 annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, San Francisco, CA. (link )

Gustafson, A., K. L. Larson, P. W. Hirt and J. B. Chirumamilla. 2007. Water conservation policy in an arid metropolitan region: A historical and geographical assessment of Phoenix, Arizona. Poster presented at the January 10, 2007 CAP LTER 9th Annual Poster Symposium, Global Institute of Sustainability, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ. (link )

Gustafson, A., K. L. Larson, P. W. Hirt and L. Zautner. 2007. A historical and geographical review of municipal water conservation policy in Greater Phoenix, Arizona, 1980-2007. Poster presented at the September 2007 Regional Water Symposium: Sustainable Water, Unlimited Growth, Quality of Life, Tucson, AZ.

Gustafson, A., K. L. Larson, P. W. Hirt and L. Zautner. 2007. An assessment of municipal water conservation policy in greater Phoenix, Arizona. Poster presented August at the Regional Water Symposium, Tucson, AZ.

Presentations

2007

Gustafson, A., K. L. Larson, P. W. Hirt and J. B. Chirumamilla. 2007. Water conservation policy in an arid metropolitan region: A historical and geographical assessment of Phoenix, Arizona. Presentation at the February 2007 annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of the Sciences, San Francisco, CA.