College of Arts and Sciences

Department of History

Photo: Jeffrey SandersJeffrey C. Sanders

Associate Professor of History
Wilson-Short Hall 353 – 509-335-7508


Ph.D., University of New Mexico, 2005

Academic & Professional Interests

Sanders teaches courses in environmental history, Pacific Northwest history, and the history of the U.S. West.


Sanders's book Seattle and the Roots of Urban Sustainability: Inventing Ecotopia, was published in August of 2010 as part of the History of the Urban Environment series with University of Pittsburgh Press. Other recent publications include "Animal Trouble and Urban Anxiety: Human-Animal Interaction in Post-Earth Day Seattle," Environmental History (April 2011); "Building an ‘Urban Homestead': Survival, Self-Sufficiency, and Nature in Seattle, 1970-1980" in Green Openings: Urban Landscapes in Twentieth Century History (University of Virginia Press, fall 2011), published in conjunction with the German Historical Institute; "Madonna on the Road," in City Dreams, Country Schemes (Reno: University of Nevada Press, fall 2011) ; and "The Battle for Fort Lawton: Competing Environmental Claims in Postwar Seattle," Pacific Historical Review (May 2008). His dissertation won the Institute for Pacific Northwest History Dissertation Prize in 2006. Sanders has been featured on KUOW in Seattle and in the Seattle Times.

He is currently working on a study, tentatively titled Big Blue Marble, that examines the categories of nature and children in post-World War II debates about environmentalism, inequality, and the metropolitan form.
















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