Kathleen A. Brosnan

Paul and Doris Eaton Travis Chair of Modern American History


Kathleen Brosnan joined the History faculty in 2012 as the Travis Chair. Her research and teaching interests include the American West, environmental history, urban history, legal history, and public history. She is the author of Uniting Mountain and Plain: Cities, Law and Environmental Change along the Front Range and the co-editor of City Dreams, Country Schemes: Community and Identity in the American West (with Amy Scott) and the forthcoming Energy Capitals: Global Influence, Local Impact (with Joseph Pratt and Martin Melosi). Brosnan edited the prize-winning Encyclopedia of American Environmental History, which included some 365 authors, and has contributed articles to various edited volumes and journals, such as Environmental History and the Catholic Historical Review. As a public historian, she has worked on a Newberry Library exhibit and a National Park Service national landmark nomination and directed the creation of an online exhibit, To Bear Fruit for Our Race: the History of African American Physicians in Houston. Brosnan currently is writing an environmental history of the Napa wine industry. She has served on numerous editorial boards and held elected positions in the American Society for Environmental History and the Western History Association. Brosnan earned a J.D. from the University of Illinois and a Ph.D. in history from the University of Chicago.