Paul S. Sutter, 2021–22

Pulling the Teeth of the Tropics: An Environmental History of the U.S. Sanitary Program in Panama

NEH Fellowship, 2021-22

Professor of History, University of Colorado Boulder

Sutter, Paul S.

Paul S. Sutter is professor of history at the University of Colorado Boulder. He received his PhD from the University of Kansas in 1997, served as a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Virginia (1997–2000), and was a member of the History Department at the University of Georgia from 2000 until 2009. Sutter is the author of Driven Wild: How the Fight against Automobiles Launched the Modern Wilderness Movement (University of Washington Press, 2002) and Let Us Now Praise Famous Gullies: Providence Canyon and the Soils of the South (University of Georgia Press, 2015); he is coauthor of The Art of Managing Longleaf: A Personal History of the Stoddard-Neel Approach (University of Georgia Press, 2010), and coeditor of Environmental History and the American South: A Reader (University of Georgia Press, 2009) and Coastal Nature, Coastal Culture: Environmental Histories of the Georgia Coast (University of Georgia Press, 2018). Sutter has published numerous articles and book chapters on the American wilderness movement, southern environmental history, US imperial environmental history, and environmental historiography, including a 2013 state-of-the-field essay in the Journal of American History. He is the series editor for “Weyerhaeuser Environmental Books,” published by the University of Washington Press and was the founding editor of the “Environmental History and the American South” book series published by the University of Georgia Press. Paul has held fellowships from the Smithsonian Institution, the Huntington Library, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the National Institutes of Health, the Rachel Carson Center for Environment & Society, and, now, the National Humanities Center.

Selected Publications

Let Us Now Praise Famous Gullies

  • Sutter, Paul S. Let Us Now Praise Famous Gullies: Providence Canyon and the Soils of the South. Athens: University of Georgia Press, 2015.
  • Sutter, Paul S. “The Tropics: A Brief History of an Environmental Imaginary.” In Oxford Handbook of Environmental History, edited by Andrew Isenberg, 178-98. New York: Oxford University Press, 2014.
  • Sutter, Paul S. “The World with Us: The State of American Environmental History,” and “Nature Is History.” Journal of American History 100, no. 1 (June 2013): 94-119, 145-148.
  • Sutter, Paul S. “Nature’s Agents or Agents of Empire? Entomological Workers and Environmental Change during the Construction of the Panama Canal.” Isis 98 (December 2007): 724-54.
  • Sutter, Paul S. Driven Wild: How the Fight against Automobiles Launched the Modern Wilderness Movement. Seattle: University of Washington Press, 2002.
"The Panama Canal: The Real Story Behind the Engineering Triumph," The Forum, BBC World News Service , July 29, 2021
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