Professor Emeritus

(805) 455-1945


Environmental history.

• Faculty in Environmental Studies and History Depts.

• Ph.D., University of Wisconsin 


Roderick Nash is considered America's foremost wilderness historian. He is regarded as a national leader in the field of environmental history and management and environmental education. Among his numerous books and over 150 essays, Professor Roderick Frazier Nash is best known for Wilderness and the American Mind, which has received many reprintings, revised editions, and foreign translations. Nash, a past Lindbergh Fellow, has served on the board of directors of the Yosemite Institute and as a member of the advisory committee to the U.S. National Park Service.


Wilderness and the American Mind. Yale University Press, 1967.

The American Environment: Readings in the History of Conservation. Addison-Wesley, 1968.

The Call of the Wild 1900-1916. 1970.

Environment and Americans: The Problem of Priorities. 1972.

The Rights of Nature: A History of Environmental Ethics. University of Wisconsin Press, 1989.

American Environmentalism: Readings in Conservation History. McGraw-Hill Higher Education, 1990.

The Big Drops: Ten Legendary Rapids of the American West. Johnson Books, 1989.

The Nervous Generation: American Thought, 1917-1930. Ivan R Dee, Inc, 1990.

Nash, Roderick, Gregory Graves. From These Beginnings: A Biographical Approach to American History, Volume II, 6/e. Addison-Wesley, 1995.