Associate Professor
MODERN US • Environmental

(Ph.D., University of California, San Diego, Associate Professor)

Phoebe Young teaches and writes about the cultural and environmental history of the modern United States and the American West.  Her first book,California Vieja: Culture and Memory in a Modern American Place (University of California Press, 2006, published under her previous name of Phoebe S. Kropp) examined public memories of the Spanish past, the built environment, regional development, and race relations in Southern California between the 1880s and the 1930s. Her current book project (under contract with Oxford University Press) examines the history of camping and sleeping outside in American life since the Civil War and traces the relationships between outdoor practices, social politics, and public nature.  Samples of this work have appeared in the Journal of Social History (Fall 2009), and Cities in Nature: Urban Environments of the American West, ed. Char Miller (2010).  She is also the co-editor of an anthology entitled Rendering Nature: Animals, Bodies, Places, Politics (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2015), which includes her essay examining the narratives of tent camping that shaped the Occupy movement.  She has received multiple awards and grants, including fellowships from the Henry E. Huntington Library, the Smithsonian Institution, and the American Council of Learned Societies. Her current teaching interests include digital pedagogies,student learning assessment, and interactive engagement and iClickers in the history classroom.  She is the recipient of the 2016 Boulder Faculty Assembly Award for Distinction in Teaching and Pedagogy and in Fall 2017 is serving as the interim Director for the Center for Humanities and the Arts.