Andrew Isenberg

Membership:  2016

Member Bio

Andrew Isenberg was a Carson Fellow from December 2009 to August 2010 and from June 2012 to August  2012.
Andrew Isenberg is an environmental historian with an interest in the North American West and the encounter between Native Americans and European Americans. He is currently Hall Distinguished Professor of American History at the University of Kansas in Lawrence, Kansas, USA. He received his doctorate in history from Northwestern University. He is the author of The Destruction of the Bison: An Environmental History, 1750-1920 (2000) and Mining California:  An Ecological History (2005), and is the editor of The Nature of Cities: Culture, Landscape, and Urban Space (2006) and The Oxford Handbook of Environmental History (2014).
At the Center, Isenberg investigated an 1832 United States government program to vaccinate Native Americans against smallpox—a program that seemingly contradicts American expansionism in the period.
Website University of Kansas, Department of History


  • "An Empire of Remedy: Vaccination, Natives, and Narratives in the North American West." In Pacific Historical Review, 86 (February 2017), 84-113.  Special issue: "Alternative Wests: Rethinking Manifest Destiny."
  • "Mercurial Nature: The California Gold Country and the Coal Fields of the Ruhr Basin, 1850-1900." In Historians and Nature: Comparative Approaches to Environmental History, edited by Ursula Lehmkuhl and Hermann Wellenreuther, 125-145. Oxford: Berg, 2007.
  • Ed. The Nature of Cities: Culture, Landscape, and Urban Space. Rochester, New York: University of Rochester Press, 2006.
  • Mining California: An Ecological History. New York: Hill and Wang, 2005.
  • "Historicizing Natural Environments: The Deep Roots of Environmental History." In A Companion to Western Historical Thought, edited by Lloyd Kramer and Sarah Maza, 372-89. Malden, MA: Blackwell, 2002.
  • The Destruction of the Bison: An Environmental History, 1750-1920. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2000.
  • Publications