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Young, Phoebe S. K.



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  • Young is a historian of the 19th and 20th-century U.S. with interests in culture, the environment, public memory, and the American West. Her current work concerns the history of camping and sleeping outside and examines the shifting understandings of nature as public space. Future interests concern student learning, pedagogy, and the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning in History.


  • American cultural history, environment, medical humanities, public memory, popular culture, ethnicity, scholarship of teaching and learning, American West, outdoor recreation, homelessness


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courses taught

  • HIST 1025 - American History since 1865
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018 / Spring 2019 / Fall 2020 / Fall 2021 / Spring 2022 / Fall 2022 / Spring 2023
    Explores political, social and cultural changes in American life since Reconstruction. Focuses on shifting social and political relations as the U.S. changed from a nation of farmers and small-town dwellers to an urban, industrial society; the changing meaning of American identity in a society divided by ethnicity, race and class; and the emergence of the U.S. as a world power.
  • HIST 3020 - Historical Thinking & Writing
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2019
    The second cornerstone course for history majors centers on the essential skills all historians use. Students will advance their reading, sourcing, and research techniques, hone critical, analytical, and synthetic skills, navigate scholarly discourse, and practice historical writing. As this simultaneously satisfies the College's upper-division writing requirement, all sections involve substantial, regular, and varied writing assignments as well as instruction in methods and the revision process. All topical variations of this course are limited to a maximum of 18 students in order to focus on supporting students as they learn to write - and think - like an historian. Topics will vary by section. Recommended for sophomores or juniors, HIST 3020 may be taken concurrently with, but not prior to, HIST 1800. May be repeated up to 6 total credit hours.
  • HIST 3416 - Seminar in American Society and Thought
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2023
    Capstone seminars are designed for advanced history majors to pull together the skills they have honed in previous courses. This seminar focuses on the history of American society and thought, and will include readings and discussions in a small seminar setting. In relation to the course topic, students will develop an individual research project and write a substantial and original paper based on primary sources. Recommended restriction: History GPA of 2.0 or higher.
  • HIST 4416 - Environmental History of North America
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2018 / Fall 2019 / Fall 2020 / Fall 2021 / Fall 2022
    Examines how people of North America, from precolonial times to the present, interact with, altered, and thought about the natural world. Key themes include Native American land uses; colonization and ecological imperialism; environmental impacts of food and agriculture; industrialization, urbanization and pollution; energy transitions; cultures of environmental appreciation; the growth of the conversation and environmental movements.
  • HIST 4930 - History Internship
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2019 / Summer 2019 / Fall 2019 / Spring 2020 / Spring 2021 / Summer 2021 / Fall 2021 / Spring 2022 / Summer 2022 / Fall 2022 / Spring 2023
    Matches selected students with supervised internships in professional archives research libraries, historical associations, and special projects. Interns apply their academic area specialty to their work in the field. Internships have a work and academic (reading and writing) component. May be repeated up to 6 total credit hours. Recommended prerequisite: completion of lower-level history coursework (for example HIST 1015 or HIST 1025).
  • HIST 6420 - Memory and History in Transnational Perspective
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2018 / Spring 2022
    Engages in debates about historical methods and how the past is represented. Central topics will include memory and the forces of nationalism and war; commemoration and monuments; the role of memory in the construction of race and ethnicity; personal past and cultural remembrance; and the relationships between academic, public, and popular histories.
  • HIST 6950 - Master's Thesis
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2023
  • HIST 7415 - Graduate Seminar in Modern United States History
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2021
    Introduces students to various research approaches and methods in modern U.S. historiography and requires them to produce a substantial and original research paper using both primary and secondary sources.


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