Department of History

Sarah Hamilton

Sarah Hamilton Assistant Professor
320-F Thach Hall
(334) 844-4342

Office Hours

  • Wednesday 1-2 and 3-4 or by appointment


Sarah Hamilton joined Auburn's faculty in the fall of 2014 following a postdoctoral fellowship with the Eisenberg Institute for Historical Studies at the University of Michigan. Her research on contemporary environmental history explores the connections between local environments, individual experiences, and transnational politics. Her book project, Lake Effects: Agriculture, Conservation, and the Evolution of a Valencian Landscape, is under contract with the University of Washington's Weyerhauser Series on Environmental History. It tells a story of 20th century Spanish modernization through a close study of the tensions between urban and rural communities in and around the Albufera Natural Park in eastern Spain. Integrating work on public policy, social movements, and geography, it suggests the need for a closer focus on the personal and local dimensions of conservation work within highly modified landscapes. Fieldwork for this project, supported by a Fullbright Research Grant, a Jean Monnet Graduate Fellowship on European Integration, and Humanities Research and Predoctoral fellowships from the Rackham Graduate School of the University of Michigan, took Dr. Hamilton from the dusty government archives of Madrid to the fragrant orange groves of Valencia.

Prof. Hamilton’s enthusiasm for world history as both a research and teaching field has led to her extensive involvement with the World History Association. She serves on the Editorial Board of the World History Bulletin and the Middle Ground Journal of World History and is the founder and chair of the WHA's Dissertation Prize Committee. At Auburn, she offers survey and seminar classes on world history and environmental history.


PhD University of Michigan 2013

JD University of Colorado 2004

BA Duke University 1999

Classes Taught

Reacting to the Past

World History I and II

American Environmental History

Global Environmental History

Theory and Methods of Environmental History

Graduate seminar in World History

Last Updated: January 11, 2017