Southwest Environmental History Symposium
"Water Crises in Texas and the Southwest"
May 21-24, 1997
Trinity University, San Antonio, Texas
John M. Donahue is Professor of Anthropology at Trinity University
in San Antonio, Texas. He has done field research in Colombia and Peru
on internal migrations and in Bolivia and Nicaragua in the area of primary
health care. His interest in water issues stems from his work in public
health and to the fact that San Antonio is located over the Edwards Aquifer
whose management is the focus of continuing debate among local, county,
state and federal actors. He and Barbara Rose Johnston are co-editors of
Water, Culture and Power: Local Struggles in a Global Context, published
by Island Press in 1998.
Shelly Dudley: A Senior Historical Analyst for the Salt River
Project in Phoenix, AZ since 1983, Dudley researches and analyzes water
and power related topics with an emphasis on water rights research. She
has published articles in "Western Legal History" and "Casa
Grande Valley Histories", as well as presented papers at numerous
conferences, including the Arizona Water Law Conference and Arizona Hydrological
Jesus F. de la Teja: Associate professor of History at Southwest
Texas State University and former director of Archives and Records
of the Texas General Land Office. Author of numerous articles and book
chapters on borderlands history, and of the award winning San Antonio de
Bexar: A Community on New Spain's Northern Frontier (University of New
Mexico Press, 1995).
Richard Earl: Associate Professor of Geography at Southwest
Texas State University, Ph.D. Arizona State University, 1983. Dr. Earl
has focused his professional activities in hydroclimtology and water resources
management. He has conducted research for the New Mexico Water Resources
Institute and has published in the Social Science Journal.
Mark Harvey is associate professor of history at North Dakota
State University, where he teaches the American West and U.S. environmental
history. He is the author of numerous articles as well as A Symbol of Wilderness:
Echo Park and the American Conservation Movement (Albuquerque: Univ. of
New Mexico Press, 1994).
Donald C. Jackson is Associate Professor of History at Lafayette
College and holds a Ph.D from the University of Pennsylvania. He is
author of Building the Ultimate Dam: John S. Eastwood and the Control of
Water in the West (University Press of Kansas, 1995) which was selected
by CHOICE Magazine as an Outstanding Academic Book for 1996; his article
"Engineering in the Progressive Era: A New Look at Frederick Haynes
Newell and the U.S. Reclamation Service," Technology and Culture,
July 1993 was awarded the 1994 Ray A. Billington Prize by the Western History
Association for the best article on western history.
Bonnie Lynn-Sherow is completing her dissertation entitled, "Ordering
the Elements: an Environmental History of West-Central Oklahoma from 1890
to 1920" at Northwestern University. She will join the faculty
of Kansas State University as an assistant professor specializing in Agricultural,
Environmental and American Indian history in August of 1998.
Sandra Mathews-Lamb: Received her Ph.D. in the American West
and Latin America from UNM; her dissertation focuses on Pueblo Indian
land grants (1689-1860). She has done historical contracting on water and
land rights, as well as other topics, for both private and public organizations.
Most recently she worked with S.M. Stoller Corporation in Albuquerque on
Daniel McCool: received his Ph.D. from the University of Arizona
in 1983. He is currently professor of Political Science at the University
of Utah. He is the author of Command of the (Univ. of Calif. Press,
1987, Univ. of Arizona Press, 1994), co-author of Staking out the Terrain
(SUNY PRESS, 1996), and author/editor of Public Policy Theories, Concepts,
and (Prentice Hall, 1995). His current research focuses on Indian water
rights and negotiated water settlements.
Char Miller: is Professor of History at Trinity University.
He is author of Gifford Pinchot: An American Conservationist (forthcoming)
and Fathers and Sons: The Binghams and the American Mission (1982); co-editor
of Urban Texas: Politics and Development (1990); co-editor of Out of the
Woods: Essays in Environmental History (1997) and editor of American Forests:
Nature, Culture, and Politics (1997). He currently is writing a history
of the disastrous 1921 flood in South Texas.
Joe G. Moore, Jr.: is Distinguished Professor of Geography at
Southwest Texas State University. Joe Moore has long been a prominent
figure in Texas water policy. He has served as the director of the Texas
Water Development Board and as a water advisor to President Johnson. In
recent years he as been appointed as a special master for the federal courts
on water resources issues.
Alan Newell: Co-founder and Principal in the firm Historical
Research Associates, Inc. Mr. Newell holds undergraduate and graduate
degrees in American History from the University of Montana. Over the past
16 years, he has engaged in historical studies of water development on
Indian reservations throughout the west, and has served as an expert witness
on Native American issues, including federally reserved water rights, in
federal and state courts.
John Opie teaches at New Jersey Institute of Technology,
and was one of the founders of the American Society for Environmental History,
and its journal, Environmental History. He is the author of The Law of
the Land (1987) and Ogallala: Water for a Dry Land (1994), among many other
Donald Pisani is Merrick Professor of Western American History at
the University of Oklahoma and president of the American Society
for Environmental History. His research interests are natural resources,
the law, and public policy, with particular emphasis on water. He is the
author of three books and 30 articles and book chapters. His most recent
book, a collection of essays, is Water, Land, and Law in the West, 1850-1920,
(University Press of Kansas in 1996).
Brad Raley is a doctoral student at the University of Oklahoma,
where he is studying the history of the American West and Environment.
He completed his M.A. at the University of Houston in 1992 where he wrote
his masters thesis, titled "The Collbran Project: The Bureau of Reclamation,
1937-1963: A Case Study in Western Resource Development." He is currently
writing a dissertation on Irrigation in Colorado's Grand Valley.
Hal K. Rothman: Professor of History at the University of
Nevada-Las Vegas, where he edits Environmental History. He is the author
of The Greening of Nation? Environmentalism in the U.S. Since 1945 (1997),"I'll
Never Fight Fire With My Bare Hands Again" (1994), On Rims and Ridges:
The Los Alamos Area Since 1880 (1992) and Preserving Different Pasts: The
American National Monuments (1989) as well as the editor of Reopening the
American West (1998) and co-editor Out of the Woods: Essays in Environmental
Raul M. Sanchez (J.D., Harvard Law School, A.M., Stanford University,
A.B., Princeton University) is an Associate Professor and Director of the
Inter-American Legal Studies Program at St. Mary's University School
of Law in San Antonio, Texas. He teaches in the area of International
Human Rights, International Environmental Law and International Business
Transactions. His most recent articles include: *Mexico*s El Cuchillo Dam
Project: a Case-Study of Nonsustainable Development and Transboundary Environmental
Harms*, 28 Inter-American Law Review 425 (Winter 1996-97); "Mexico's
Governmental Human Rights Commissions: An Ineffective Response to Widespread
Human Rights Violations", 25 St. Mary's Law Journal 1041 (1994). His
current research concerns the intersection of Human Rights Law and International
Environmental Law with respect to environmental concerns on the U.S.-Mexico
border, especially including water issues.
Heywood T. Sanders is Professor of Urban Studies at Trinity
University. His publications include The Politics of Urban Development
(with Clarence Stone) and Urban Texas: Politics and Development (with Char
Miller), as well as articles on urban infrastructure, urban politics, and
convention center development. He is currently completing a book on the
politics of urban public investment.
Thomas Schafer is a graduate student in Geography at Kansas
State University, and is completing his dissertation on the changing
geography and production patterns of farming in southwestern Kansas.
James Sherow: an associate professor of history at Kansas
State University, is the author of Watering the Valley (1990), among
other publications. He is under contract with the University Press of Kansas
for an environmental history of the central High Plains between 1780 and
1870, and has an anthology of environmental history of the American West
pending publication with University of New Mexico Press. In addition, he
is currently researching the role of state engineers in the Rocky Mountain
West and an environmental history of Kansas.
John Tiefenbacher: Assistant Professor at Southwest Texas
State University, Ph.D. Rutgers 1992. Dr. Tiefenbacher has in interest
in spatial patterns of chemical contamination of the environment and has
published papers on the mapping and identification of hazards posed by
accidental spills of toxic chemicals, industrial emissions of toxics, and
the use of agricultural chemicals. He has published in Urban Geographer
and Environmental Management.
Laura Wimberley: will received her Ph.D. at Southwest Texas
State Univeristy in May, 1998. Her dissertation, "'The Sole Source':
A History of the Edwards Aquifer and its Human Communities, 1890-1990,"
offers the first full historical look at the aquifer. She is currently
a lecturer/undergraduate advisor for TAMU History Department.
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