Paul Sabin is a professor in the Department of History at Yale University, where he teaches and writes about environmental and energy history and U.S. political and legal history.  Sabin is the faculty director for Yale Environmental Humanities Program and coordinates the Yale Environmental History working group.

Sabin’s most recent book, The Bet: Paul Ehrlich, Julian Simon, and Our Gamble Over Earth’s Future (Yale University Press, 2013), tells the story of the rise of the environmental movement and the backlash against it by examining American debates over population growth and resource scarcity since the 1960s.  His first book, Crude Politics: The California Oil Market, 1900-1940 (University of California Press, 2005), explores how politics and law shaped a growing dependence on petroleum in California and the nation.  Sabin’s current research examines the evolution and impact of environmental regulation and the public interest law movement in the United States since the 1960s.

Sabin received his Ph.D. in 2000 from the University of California, Berkeley, and then spent a year as the Newcomen Post-Doctoral Fellow in business history at the Harvard Business School.  He also served for nine years as the founding executive director of the non-profit Environmental Leadership Program, which has trained and supported a collaborative network of more than 1,000 talented public leaders from higher education, government, businesses, and non-profit organizations.


Latest Updates

Yale Environmental Humanities creates new public humanities grant program

The Yale Environmental Humanities Program created a new small grants program to encourage public humanities projects by Yale faculty, students and staff that engage diverse publics with urgent cultural, ethical, and social questions related to the environment and society. For more information visit: https://environmentalhumanities.yale.edu/public-humanities/environmental-humanities-grant-program

Successful Launch of Graduate Certificate in the Environmental Humanities

Yale Environmental Humanities successfully launched its new graduate certificate program in the 2019-2020 academic year. More than twenty graduate students are participating in the inaugural yearlong workshop, “Topics in the Environmental Humanities,” drawing from a broad range of disciplines, including history, literature, anthropology, music, public health, environmental studies, etc. Some of the students shared their research at our fall graduate symposium.

Yale Environmental Humanities completes yearlong “Energy and the Humanities” thematic program

During the 2018-2019 academic year, I worked with colleagues to host a yearlong conversation on the thematic intersection of energy and the humanities. The program included roundtables and workshops featuring Yale faculty and student work, visiting speakers, two new undergraduate courses, and three conferences.

Read more about it here: https://environmentalhumanities.yale.edu/news/energy-and-humanities-report-2018-2019-programming