Assistant Professor
Department of History

Institutional Affiliation

University of Colorado Denver, Department of History


  • Ph.D., History, Columbia University, 2014
  • M.Phil., History, Columbia University, 2010
  • M.A., History, Columbia University, 2008
  • B.A., History and Drama, Stanford University, 2002

Regional and Thematic Interests

  • Environmental History
  • Middle Eastern and Islamic History
  • International and Global History


Dale Stahl is an environmental historian specializing in the history of the modern Middle East. His research and teaching interests center on state formation and governance, environmental resource management, international relations, and economic development. He teaches courses on global environmental history, the political and social history of the Middle East, the history of technology and science, and Islamic history. 

Professor Stahl is currently working on a manuscript based on his dissertation, “The Two Rivers: Water, Development and Politics in the Tigris-Euphrates Basin, 1920-1975,” which explores the political and environmental history of the Tigris and Euphrates Rivers. Specifically, the book traces the connections between governance, resource extraction, and state formation in Turkey, Syria and Iraq.

Professor Stahl's research has been supported by the New York University Abu Dhabi Institute, the Institute of Turkish Studies, the Whiting Foundation, and the American Academic Research Institute in Iraq. He received his Ph.D. from Columbia University in 2014.

Selected Publication

“A Technopolitical Frontier: The Keban Dam Project and Southeastern Anatolia,” in Transforming Socio-Natures in Turkey: Landscapes, State and Environmental Movements, eds. Onur Inal and Ethemcan Turhan (London: Routledge Environmental Humanities, forthcoming).