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Lawrence Culver

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Department of History

Associate Professor - Environmental History, Urban History, Southwest Borderlands History, American West

Associate Professor

Contact Information

Office Hours: For May 8 - June 23: 10:30-11:30 MW in Old Main 323 E
Office Location: Old Main 321H
DialPhone: (435) 797-3101
SendEmail: lawrence.culver@usu.edu


Educational Background

PhD, History, University of California, Los Angeles, 2004
The Island, the Oasis, and the City: Santa Catalina, Palm Springs, Los Angeles, and Southern California’s Shaping of American Life and Leisure.
MA, History, Utah State University, 1997
BA, History and English, University of Montevallo, 1994

Biography

Lawrence Culver is an historian of the U.S.-Mexico borderlands, American West, and cultural, environmental, and urban history.


Teaching Interests

Environmental History, Urban History, Southwest Borderlands History, American West.

Research Interests

My current research focuses on historical perceptions of climate and climate change. My prior research includes work on the histories of tourism in California and the Southwest, and the history of the urban growth of Los Angeles and American suburbia.

Awards

Spur Award for Best Western Nonfiction Contemporary Book, 2011

Western Writers of America

Excellence in Instruction for First-Year Students Award, 2007

Utah State University

Rachel Carson Prize for Best Dissertation in Environmental History, 2005

American Society for Environmental History

Publications - Abstracts

    Publications - Books & Book Chapters

      Books

    • Culver, M.L, (2012). The Frontier of Leisure: Southern California and the Shaping of Modern America. Revised Paperpack Edition.. Oxford University Press
    • Culver, M.L, (2010). The Frontier of Leisure: Southern California and the Shaping of Modern America.. Oxford University Press
    • Book Chapters

    • Culver, M.L, (2014). Confluences of Nature and Culture: Cities in Environmental History: The Oxford Handbook of Environmental History. Oxford University Press
    • Culver, M.L, (2012). “Manifest Destiny and Manifest Disaster: Climate Perceptions and Realities in United States Territorial Expansion” : American Environments: Climate—Cultures—Catastrophe. Universitätsverlag Winter Heidelberg
    • Culver, M.L, (2011). From Public to Private Nature in Twentieth-Century Los Angeles: Greening the City: Urban Landscapes in the Twentieth Century. University of Virginia Press
    • Culver, M.L, (2010). America’s Playground: Recreation and Race: A Companion to Los Angeles. Wiley-Blackwell
    • Culver, M.L, (2009). Promoting the Pacific Borderlands: Leisure and Labor in Southern California, 1870-1950: Land of Necessity: Consumption in the United States-Mexico Borderlands. Duke University Press
    • Culver, M.L, (2005). “Economic Aspirations and the Politics of National Park Creation in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, 1919-1929.” : People and Place: The Human Experience in Greater Yellowstone. National Park Service and Yellowstone Center for Resources
    • Culver, M.L, (2003). “From Last of the Old West to First of the New West: Tourism and Transformation in Jackson Hole, Wyoming.” : Imagining the Big Open: Nature, Identity, and Play in the New West. University of Utah Press
    • Culver, M.L, (2000). “The Literature of Tourism and Its Discontents: Auto Tourist Travel Narratives, 1915-1940.” : Reading Under the Sign of Nature: New Essays in Ecocriticism. University of Utah Press

    * Has not been peer reviewed

    Publications - Fact Sheets

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      Publications - Curriculum

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        Publications - Journal Articles

          Academic Journal

        • Culver, M.L, (2014). Seeing Climate through Culture. Environmental History, 19:2, 311-318.
        • Culver, M.L, (2013). “From the English Garden to LA.” . "Making Tracks: Human and Environmental Histories." RCC Perspectives (Journal of the Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society), 2013:5, 59-63. *
        • Culver, M.L, (2012). The Desert and the Garden: Climate as Attractor and Obstacle in the Settlement History of the Western United States. Global Environment: A Journal of History and Natural and Social Sciences, 9:Issue 9, 2012, 130-159.
        • Culver, M.L, (2012). Reading Silent Spring as a Challenge for Contemporary Environmentalism. RCC Perspectives (Journal of the Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society), 7:Issue 7, 2012, 31-34.
        • Culver, M.L, Egner, H., Gallini, S., Kneitz, A., Lousley, C., Lübken, U., Mincyte, D., Mom, G., Winder, G., (2012). Revisiting Risk Society: A Conversation with Ulrich Beck. RRC Perspectives, 2011:6, 5-31.
        • Culver, M.L, (2009). Sin City or Suburban Crucible?: Searching for Meanings in the New Las Vegas.. Journal of Urban History, 1052-1058.
        • Culver, M.L, (1998). “Connecting Myth to History: Interpreting the Western Past at the Buffalo Bill Historical Center.” . Western Historical QuarterlyWinter 1998, 515-519.
        • Public or Trade Journal

        • Culver, M.L, (2011). “Privatized Leisure: L.A. as Ode to Perfect Climate, for Some.” . Zócalo Public Square *
        • Culver, M.L, (2003). “From Paradise to Parking Lot: The History of Parks in Los Angeles.” . Los Angeles Forum for Architecture and Urban DesignSpring 2003 *

        * Has not been peer reviewed

        Publications - Literary Journal

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          Publications - MultiMedia

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            Publications - Technical Reports

              Research Reports

            • Culver, M.L, (2012). Researching The Frontier of Leisure at the Libraries and Archives of the Autry. Autry National Center *

            * Has not been peer reviewed

            Publications - Translations & Transcripts

              Publications - Other

                Newsletter

              • Culver, M.L, (2012). Making a Mark in Madison: Suggestions for a Successful Conference Presentation. ASEH News, American Society for Environmental History Newsletter *
              • Other

              • Culver, M.L, Mauch, C., Trischler, H., Hou, S., Ritson, K., (2013). “Making Tracks: Human and Environmental Histories.” Rachel Carson Center Perspectives. . RCC Perspectives (Journal of the Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society) *
              • Culver, M.L, (2013). Borderlands and Frontiers: Oxford Encyclopedia of American Cultural and Intellectual History. Oxford University Press
              • Culver, M.L, Mauch, C., Ritson, K., (2012). Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring: Encounters and Legacies. Rachel Carson Center Perspectives Special Issue. RCC Perspectives (Journal of the Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society)
              • Culver, M.L, (2011). Disney: Encyclopedia of American Environmental History. Facts on File/Infobase Publishing
              • Culver, M.L, (2011). Los Angeles, California: Encyclopedia of American Environmental History. Facts on File/Infobase Publishing *
              • Culver, M.L, (2011). Outdoor Recreation: Encyclopedia of American Environmental History. Facts on File/Infobase Publishing *
              • Culver, M.L, (2011). Southwest: Encyclopedia of American Environmental History. Facts on File *
              • Culver, M.L, (2011). Sunbelt: Encyclopedia of American Environmental History. Facts on File/Infobase Publishing *
              • Culver, M.L, (2006). Bungalow: Encyclopedia of American Urban History. Sage Publications
              • Culver, M.L, (2006). Disneyland: Encyclopedia of American Urban History. Sage Publications
              • Culver, M.L, (2006). Resort Towns: Encyclopedia of American Urban History. Sage Publications
              • Culver, M.L, (2006). Spanish Colonial Towns and Cities: Encyclopedia of American Urban History. Sage Publications

              * Has not been peer reviewed

              Scheduled Teaching

              HIST 2710 - History 2710: United States Since 1877, Summer 2017

              HIST 3950 - History 3950: Environmental History, Summer 2017

              HIST 3950 - Environmental History, Spring 2017

              HIST 2710 - The United States since 1877, Spring 2017

              HIST 3950 - Environmental History, Fall 2016

              HIST 3950 - HIST 3950: Environmental History, Fall 2016

              HIST 6430 - Special Topics: Western American History, Fall 2016

              HIST 2710 - United States 1877-Present, Summer 2016

              HIST 3840 - Twentieth Century American West, Spring 2015

              USU 1300 - U.S. Institutions, Spring 2015

              HIST 3950 - Environmental History, Fall 2014

              HIST 6430 - Special Topics: Western American History, Spring 2014

              HIST 4510 - The History of Urban America, Spring 2014

              HIST 4630 - The History of Mexican Americans, Fall 2013

              USU 1300 - U.S. Institutions, Fall 2013

              HIST 3840 - Twentieth Century American West, Fall 2012

              USU 1300 - U.S. Institutions, Fall 2012

              HIST 3950 - Environmental History, Spring 2012

              HIST 4510 - History of Urban America, Spring 2012

              HIST 6000 - Historical Methods and Research Seminar, Fall 2011

              USU 1300 - U.S. Institutions, Fall 2011

              Hist 6430 - Southwest Borderlands Graduate Seminar, Spring 2010

              USU 1300 - US Institutions, Spring 2010

              Hist 4630 - History of Mexican Americans , Fall 2009

              Hist 3840 - The Twentieth Century American West, Fall 2009

              Hist 4510 - History of Urban America, Spring 2009

              Hist 6460 - Environmental History Graduate Seminar, Fall 2008

              USU 1300 - U.S. Institutions, Fall 2008

              Hist 4630 - History of Mexican Americans , Spring 2008

              USU 1300 - US Institutions, Spring 2008

              Hist 3840 - Twentieth Century American West, Spring 2007

              USU 1300 - US Institutions, Spring 2007

              Hist 4910 - Special Topic: Urban America, Fall 2006

              Hist 3760 - United States, 1900-1945, Fall 2006

              Hist 4910 - Special Topic: Mexican American History, Spring 2006

              Hist 3840 - Twentieth Century American West, Spring 2006

              Hist 6000 - Historical Methods and Research Seminar, Fall 2005

              USU 1300 - US Institutions, Fall 2005

              Hist 6430 - Southwest Borderlands Graduate Seminar, Spring 2005

              Hist 4910 - Special Topics: Southwest Borderlands, Spring 2005

              Hist 3840 - Twentieth Century American West, Fall 2004

              USU 1300 - US Institutions, Fall 2004


              Graduate Students Mentored

              Valerie Jacobsen, History, September 2016
              Ian Keller, History, April 2016 - May 2017
              Michelle Braeden , History, March 2016 - December 2016
              Amanda Johnson, History, September 2013 - April 2014
              Sean Harvey, History, January 2012 - July 2013
              Thomas Dubach, History 2012
              Philip Lockette, 2010
              Sierra Robinson Nelson, 2010
              Clint Pumphrey, 2009
              Jami Van Huss, 2009
              Ryan Waite, 2007
              David Vail, 2006