department of history


John Herron

Associate Dean, College of Arts and Sciences
Associate Professor

Environmental, Western United States, 19th and 20th Century United States

222B Cockefair Hall
Phone: 816-235-2546

Curriculum Vitae


2001 Ph.D. History, University of New Mexico

Courses Taught 

> HIST 357  The American West

> HIST 365A  American Environmental History

> HIST 5585 America in the Gilded Age


Books & Collections

Science and the Social Good: Nature, Culture, and Community, 1865-1965, (New York: Oxford University Press, 2010).

Heartland Green: An Environmental History of Kansas City, with James Sheppard, forthcoming in the Urban Environmental History Series from the University of Pittsburgh Press.

Human/Nature: Biology, Culture, and Environmental History,with Andrew Kirk, (Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press, 1999). Digital edition, 2011.

Books and Chapters

“Centropolis: William Gilpin, Natural Science, and the City of the Future,” in Heartland Green, (Pittsburgh: University of Pittsburgh Press, 2015.)

“The West of John Ford: Politics and Community on the Cinematic Frontier,” in American Epics: Thomas Hart Benton and Hollywood, ed. Austen Barron Bailly, (New York: Prestel Publishing, 2015).

“Stuffed: Nature and Science Behind the Glass,” in Rendering Nature: Animals, Bodies, Places, Politics eds., Marguerite Shaffer and Phoebe S.K. Young, (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2015).

“Making an American Landscape: Art, Nature, and the Science of Clarence King,” in The Photography of Timothy O’Sullivan, eds., Keith F. Davis & Jane L. Aspinwall, (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2011).

“Because Antelope Can’t Talk: Natural Agency and Social Politics in American Environmental History,” Historical Reflections/Réflexions Historiques 36 (Spring 2010).

Grants, Honors & Awards

2013 Alumni Outstanding Teaching Award

2008 Residential Fellow, Linda Hall Library of Science, Engineering, and Technology

2007-2009 Honors Program Faculty Fellow, University of Missouri

2006-2007 Research Board Fellowship, University of Missouri

2004-2005 New Faculty Teaching Scholar, University of Missouri