Andrew Kirk, Ph.D.
Office: Wright Hall, A 322
Phone: (702) 895-3544
Website: Andrew Kirk, Ph.D.
- Public History & Historic Preservation
- Environmental History
- Western History
My research and teaching focus on the intersections of cultural and environmental history in the modern U.S. with a special interest in the American West. Multidisciplinary interests shaped UNLV’s public history program. We specialize in innovative cooperative federal and regional research partnerships. Current projects include: an eight-year partnership with the National Park Service to research the historic and cultural resources of Western National Parks, The Nevada Test Site Oral history Project http://digital.library.unlv.edu/ntsohp/, and the Autry National Center Fellowship that tracks graduate students through a special material culture program culminating with a research residency at the Autry National Center in L.A. We also founded Preserve Nevada a statewide cultural research and preservation group. Preserve Nevada’s unique research and advocacy efforts linking cultural preservation and environmental sustainability have been featured in publications like; The New York Times, San Francisco Chronicle, Preservation Magazine, Public History News, Docomomo-US, Preservation Forum, and The Chicago Tribune.
Counterculture Green: The Whole Earth Catalog and American Environmentalism (Lawrence: University Press of Kansas, Culture/America Series, 2007). Collecting Nature: The American Environmental Movement and the Conservation Library. Lawrence: University Press of Kansas, 2001. “From Wilderness Prophets to Tool Freaks: Post WW II Environmentalism” in, The Blackwell Companion to American Environmental History. Forthcoming Wiley-Blackwell, 2010. “New Games, Nomatics and Urban Environmentalism,” in Char Miller, ed., Urban Environmentalism. Forthcoming, University of Nevada Press, 2009. "Free Minds and Free Markets: Counterculture Libertarians, Natural Capitalists and an Alternative Vision of Western Political Authenticity," in The Political Legacies of the American West. Lawrence: University Press of Kansas, 2008). "When Nature Becomes Culture: The National Register and Yosemite's Camp 4" Western Historical Quarterly (Fall 2006). "The New Alchemy: Technology, Consumerism and Environmental Advocacy" Columbia History of Post War America. Columbia University Press, 2007 "Appropriating Technology: Alternative Technology, The Whole Earth Catalog and Counterculture Environmental Politics." Environmental History 7:4, July 2001. "Machines of Loving Grace: Appropriate Technology, Environment, and the Counterculture" in, Michael Doyle and Peter Braunstein, eds., Imagine Nation: The American Counterculture of the 1960s and 1970s. York: Routledge, 2001. Human/Nature: Biology, Culture, and Environmental History. with John Herron. Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press, 1999.
American Horizons, (New York: Oxford University Press, forthcoming, 2010).
The Art of Testing: Art, Craft and the Culture of Secrecy at the Nevada Test Site.