Paul Sabin is a professor and director of graduate studies 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 coordinates the Yale Environmental History working group and Yale Environmental Humanities Program, and helps to lead Yale College Environmental Studies.
Sabin’s 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 modern environmental law and regulation in the United States.
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 nearly 1,000 talented public leaders from higher education, government, businesses, and non-profit organizations.
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