Sara Gregg is an associate professor of history and environmental studies at the University of Kansas. She teaches the environmental history of North America, with a particular focus on the intersections of environmental change with politics, law, and agriculture. Her current book project, Free Land: Homesteading the American West, examines the history of the several Homestead Acts and their environmental impacts between 1862 and 1986. This project uses historical GIS to map the landscapes of homesteading and is animated by microhistories of the Great Plains grasslands and peoples of Kansas, Oklahoma, North Dakota, and Montana.
Gregg received her PhD from Columbia University and her BA from Middlebury College. She taught at Iowa State University and was a fellow of the Smithsonian Institution and the Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library before moving to the University of Kansas in 2010. She is an associate fellow of the Center for Great Plains Studies and a member of the editorial board for Agricultural History, and served on the board of directors of the Forest History Society and the executive committee of the American Society for Environmental History.