Myron P. Gutmann

Myron Gutmann

(Ph.D., Princeton University; Professor)

Myron Gutmann is a historical demographer, with interests in the history of the environment, the economy, and health. He has published two books on the history of the early modern Low Countries, War and Rural Life in the Early Modern Low Countries (Princeton, 1980), and Towards the Modern Economy: Early Industry in Europe (McGraw-Hill, 1988), and now primarily studies the demographic and environmental history of the American west, especially through a long-running project entitled Population and Environment in the U.S. Great Plains. That project has produced many publications, including “Population and Environment in the U.S. Great Plains,” in New Research on Population and the Environment (2005), “Two Population-Environment Regimes in the Great Plains of the United States, 1930-1990,” in Population and Environment (2005), and “Long-term Trends in Population, Farm Income, and Crop Production in the Great Plains,” in BioScience (2007).

He has also published extensively on migration, race, ethnicity and family in the U.S., including “The Determinants of Early Fertility Decline in Texas,” in Demography (1993), “Assimilation and Intermarriage for U.S. Immigrant Groups, 1880-1990,” inHistory of the Family: An International Quarterly (2003), and “Emptying the Nest: Older Men in the U.S., 1880 to 2000,” in Population and Development Review (2010). Before coming to Colorado, Gutmann was on the faculty at the University of Texas at Austin and the University of Michigan. At Michigan, he was also Director of the Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research, and later Assistant Director of the U.S. National Science Foundation, heading the Directorate for the Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences.

He is an elected Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, served as President of the Consortium of Social Science Associations (2005-2006), and co-edited the National Academy of Sciences report Putting People on the Map: Protecting Confidentiality with Linked Social-Spatial Data (2007). At the University of Colorado, Gutmann is affiliated with the Institute of Behavioral Science.