Department of History

Washburn Hall, 80 Upper College Road, Kingston, RI 02881

401.874.2528 (p); 401.874.2595 (f)

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Fall 2017 Deadlines


Sept. 12 - End of Open Add period

Sept. 19 - End of Permission Number Add Period

Sept. 19 - Last day to add Pass/Fail Option

Sept. 27 - Last day to drop class with no W designation

Oct. 1 - May 2018 graduation applications due

Oct. 18 - Last day to drop classes

Oct. 20 - Last day to change from Pass/Fail Option

Dec. 11 - Last day of classes


Erik Loomis

  • Assistant Professor and Acting Director of Graduate Studies
  • Tucker House, Rm 207
  • Phone: 401.874.4078
  • Email:


  • labor and environmental history of the United States
  • global capitalism
  • U.S. West


Ph.D., University of New Mexico, 2008
M.A., University of Tennessee, 1999
B.A., University of Oregon, 1996



Empire of Timber: Labor Unions and the Pacific Northwest Forests
Cambridge University Press, March 2016

Out of Sight: The Long and Disturbing Story of Corporations Outsourcing Catastrophe
The New Press, June 2015

No Retreat, No Surrender: American History in Ten Strikes
Under contract with The New Press

Soil and Steel: The New Deal Roots of Labor-Environmental Coalitions Book in progress


“When Loggers Were Green: Lumber, Labor, and Conservation, 1937-48”
Western Historical Quarterly, November 2015

“Reforestation Cooperatives and Countercultural Work in Northwestern Forests, 1970-1985”
Pacific Northwest Quarterly, Winter 2015

“High Winds and Sun: Southeastern Colorado and the Dust Bowl”
Colorado Heritage, September/October 2013, 16-19.

“Preserving Nature to Preserve the Republic: Laurens Bolles, New Mexico’s Cold War Conservationist,”
New Mexico Historical Review 88, no.3 (Winter 2013): 41-64.

“Lives Under the Canopy: Spotted Owls and Loggers in Western Forests,” with Ryan H. Edgington.
Natural Resources Journal 52, no.1 (Spring 2012): 99-134.

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