Paul Sabin is assistant professor of environmental history and director of undergraduate studies for the Environmental Studies Program. His research and teaching focus on United States environmental history, energy politics, and political and economic history, including natural resource development in the American West and overseas. Professor Sabin graduated from Yale in 1992 with a B.A. in History and Studies in the Environment and received his Ph.D. in American History from the University of California-Berkeley in 2000.
Professor Sabin’s book, Crude Politics: The California Oil Economy, 1900-1940 (2005), examines how politics and law shaped a growing dependence on petroleum in California and the nation. Professor Sabin has written scholarly articles on environmental and legal history and U.S. overseas expansion for Environmental History, Pacific Historical Review, and other journals. His essays on energy politics and leadership development have been published in the Boston Globe, Chronicle of Higher Education, Chicago Tribune, Legal Affairs, Sacramento Bee, and Slate.