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Salisbury Laboratories, 234
Phone: +1-508-831-5871

Tom Robertson

Professor Robertson specializes in American environmental history, the history of American foreign relations, and 20th-century America. He is particularly interested in American relations with the developing world. His first book, The Malthusian Moment, focuses on post-World War II American debates about population growth, both at home and globally. He is also interested in the history of Nepal and the environmental and social impact of American development projects there.

Research Interests

  • Environmental History
  • American Foreign Relations History


  • BA, Williams College, 1989
  • PhD, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2005

Featured Publications

  • The Malthusian Moment: Global Population Growth and the Birth of American Environmentalism, Rutgers University Press, 2012.
  • "Total War and the Total Environment: Fairfield Osborn, William Vogt, and the Birth of Global Ecology," Environmental History 17:2 (April, 2012): 336-364.
  • "'This is the American Earth’: American Empire, the Cold War, and American Environmentalism," Diplomatic History 32:4 (September 2008): 561-584.
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