Alumni (National Fellow)

Sarah Phillips

National Fellow
B.A. Florida State University (1996)
Ph.D. Boston University (2001)
Professional Sector:
Dream Mentor:
Ed Russell
Carnegie Mellon University
Fields of Interest:
American Political Development
Environmental Policy
Political Economy
Region: Latin America


Sarah Phillips is an associate professor of history at Boston University. Philips received her Ph.D. in history at Boston University in 2004 and spent five years as an assistant professor at Columbia University before returning to BU. She is the author of “This Land, This Nation: Conservation, Rural America, and the New Deal” published by Cambridge University Press in 2007 and, with co-author Shane Hamilton, “The Kitchen Debate and Cold War Consumer Politics,” published by Bedford/St. Martins in 2014. Phillips has written essays and articles on environmental history, antebellum reform, transatlantic agricultural developments, the interwar economy, and the conservation and environmental policy of state governors. With Brooke Blower, she co-edits Modern American History, a new journal from Cambridge University Press covering all aspects of the United States since the 1890’s.

Thesis Description:

Acres Fit and Unfit: Environmental Liberalism and the American State, 1925-1955

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