Paul Sabin is a professor and the Director of Graduate Studies in the Department of History at Yale University. Sabin teaches and writes about environmental and energy history and U.S. political and legal history. He coordinates the Yale Environmental History working group and Yale Environmental Humanities Initiative.

Sabin’s most recent book, The Bet: Paul Ehrlich, Julian Simon, and Our Gamble Over Earth’s Future (Yale University Press, 2013), tells the story of the rise of the environmental movement and the backlash against it by examining American debates over population growth and resource scarcity since the 1960s.  His first book, Crude Politics: The California Oil Market, 1900-1940 (University of California Press, 2005), explores how politics and law shaped a growing dependence on petroleum in California and the nation.  Sabin’s current research examines the evolution and impact of environmental regulation and the public interest law movement in the United States since the 1960s.

Sabin received his Ph.D. in 2000 from the University of California, Berkeley, and then spent a year as the Newcomen Post-Doctoral Fellow in business history at the Harvard Business School.  He also served for nine years as the founding executive director of the non-profit Environmental Leadership Program, which has trained and supported a collaborative network of more than 1,000 talented public leaders from higher education, government, businesses, and non-profit organizations.


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Yale Environmental Humanities completes yearlong “Energy and the Humanities” thematic program

During the 2018-2019 academic year, I worked with colleagues to host a yearlong conversation on the thematic intersection of energy and the humanities. The program included roundtables and workshops featuring Yale faculty and student work, visiting speakers, two new undergraduate courses, and three conferences.

Read more about it here: https://environmentalhumanities.yale.edu/news/energy-and-humanities-report-2018-2019-programming

Yale Environmental Humanities expands its reach with new graduate certificate

Starting Fall 2019, Yale Environmental Humanities will offer a graduate certificate program to strengthen student training and support. The Graduate Certificate in the Environmental Humanities is open to doctoral students at any stage of their graduate training.
Read more about it here: https://news.yale.edu/2019/02/05/yale-environmental-humanities-expands-reach-new-graduate-certificate

For an overview of the Certificate requirements, visit: https://environmentalhumanities.yale.edu/academics/graduate-certificate-environmental-humanities

Yale Environmental Humanities launches new website, events calendar, course listings

The new Yale Environmental Humanities Initiative kicked off the Fall 2017 semester with a new website featuring environmental humanities events and news from across the university. A compilation of course listings gathered offerings from history, literature, American Studies, anthropology, religious studies, and other departments, as well as the professional schools.