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Keith Woodhouse

Associate Professor

Ph.D., University of Wisconsin, 2010
Curriculum Vitae


Geographic Field(s):  American History, Since 1900

Thematic Field(s):  Political and Policy History; Environmental History

Principal Research Interest(s):  Modern U.S. History, Environmental History, Political and Intellectual History


Keith Woodhouse (Ph.D., University of Wisconsin, 2010) teaches courses for the History Department and the Environmental Policy and Culture program. His research interests are environmental history, intellectual history, political history, and the twentieth-century United States. He is the author of The Ecocentrists: A History of Radical Environmentalism, which focuses on the ideas and political and philosophical commitments that radical environmentalists held and what those commitments tell us about the relationship between the environmental movement and American political thought. He has taught at several campuses in the University of Wisconsin system and held a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles.

Affiliated Programs

Environmental Policy and Culture Program


  • "Regulating Off-Road: The California Desert and Collaborative Environmentalism," Modern American History 2 (2019).
  • The Ecocentrists: A History of Radical Environmentalism (New York: Columbia University Press, 2018).
  • “In Defense Of Mother Earth: Radical Environmentalism and Ecoterrorism in the United States, 1980-2000s” in Claudia Verhoeven and Carola Dietze (eds.), Oxford Handbook On The History Of Terrorism (forthcoming).
  • “The Politics of Ecology: Environmentalism and Liberalism in the 1960s” Journal for the Study of Radicalism (2:2, 2008).

Teaching Interests

I teach courses in twentieth-century U.S. history and American environmental history, in both the History Department and the Environmental Policy and Culture Program. I work with graduate students in the environmental, political, and intellectual history of the modern United States.

Recent Awards and Honors

  • Annual Book Prize, Society for U.S. Intellectual History, 2018
  • ASG Faculty Honor Roll, 2014-2015
  • Dana and David Dornsife Fellowship, Huntington Library, San Marino, CA, 2016-2017