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Amy Kohout

Assistant Professor

Curriculum Vitae

Amy L. Kohout joined the History department at Colorado College in the fall of 2016, after serving as Visiting Assistant Professor of Environmental Humanities in the Environmental Studies department at Davidson College during the 2015-2016 academic year. She earned her B.A. in history from Yale University, and her M.A. and Ph.D. in history from Cornell University. She works on American cultural and environmental history, and her research and teaching interests include the American West, the history of natural history, American empire, museum studies, world’s fairs, and the history of technology.

Professor Kohout is currently working on a book manuscript based on her 2015 Ph.D. dissertation, “From the Field: Nature and Work on American Frontiers, 1876-1909.” This project explores the intersection of ideas about nature and empire through an examination of the experiences of American soldiers in the American West and the Philippines in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.

She is an editor and co-founder of Backlist, a digital site where historians recommend books they love, and before that she served as an editor at The Appendix, a journal of narrative and experimental history. Professor Kohout’s work has been published in Rethinking History, The Appendix, and in A Companion to the History of American Science.

For more about Professor Kohout, visit her website here!


    • B.A., Yale University, 2004
    • M.A., Cornell University, 2011
    • Ph.D., Cornell University, 2015