Ryan Edgington

Old Main, Room 311
FAX: 651-696-6498

Office Hours
September 1-May 31
Weekdays 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
June 1-August 31
Tuesdays 8 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Visiting Assistant Professor, History
Environmental history

Old Main, 308
Telephone: 651-696-6834

Professor Edgington’s teaching explores North American environmental history, the environmental history of the world, and the history of the North American West. His research focuses on Cold War era militarized landscapes, nuclear issues, post-1945 environmental movements, and American foodways.

His first book, Range Wars: The Environmental Contest for White Sands Missile Range (University of Nebraska Press, July 2014), explores the fifty-year struggle between the military, ranchers, environmentalists, and state and federal environmental agencies to shape the environment of the largest overland military reserve in the western hemisphere. Edgington has also published articles in Agricultural History, Western Historical Quarterly, History and Technology, Natural Resources Journal, and the co-edited book Militarized Landscapes: From Gettysburg to Salisbury Plain.

He is currently at work on an essay that examines U.S. Department of Agriculture designed civil defense programs and a book length history of the 1960s and 1970s back-to-the-land movement.

  • PhD in history, Temple University, 2008
  • MA in history, University of New Mexico, 2003
  • BA in history, University of New Mexico, 1999