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Jared Farmer 
Associate Professor, Department of History


Jared Farmer is Associate Professor in the Department of History. He studies the overlapping historical dimensions of landscape, environment, technology, science, religion, and culture. He has regional expertise in the American West.

Farmer earned a B.A. from Utah State University, an M.A. from the University of Montana, and a Ph.D. from Stanford University. He has received numerous research awards, including recent grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. In 2014, Prof. Farmer won the Hiett Prize in the Humanities, a national honor from the Dallas Institute for early-career humanities scholars “whose work shows extraordinary promise and has a significant public component related to contemporary culture.” In 2017, he was chosen as an Andrew Carnegie Fellow.

Farmer’s book On Zion’s Mount: Mormons, Indians, and the American Landscape (Harvard University Press, 2008) garnered five prizes, including the Francis Parkman Prize from the Society of American Historians for the best-written non-fiction book on an American theme, a literary award that honors the “union of the historian and the artist.”

His subsequent book, Trees in Paradise: A California History (W. W. Norton, 2013), won four honors, including the Ray Allen Billington Prize, a biennial award from the Organization of American Historians for the best book about American frontier history, broadly defined.

Farmer maintains a Facebook page devoted to the Golden State’s treescape and dreamscape; and he records some of his landscape observations on Instagram.

Dr. Farmer frequently gives guest lectures and radio interviews. His essays and reviews have appeared in publications such as Science, Environmental History, Reviews in American History, High Country News, Western American Literature, and Religion Dispatches. He has also self-released a trio of free, educational e-books, including The Image of Mormons: A Sourcebook for Teachers and Students (2013).

Farmer’s next major project (under contract with Basic Books) is a creative non-fiction work on the challenge of long-term thinking in a time of climate change. Provisionally titled Latest Oldest Living Beings, it brings together the history of trees and the science of longevity.

For more information, visit Jared Farmer’s website, which includes photographic portfolios and occasional blog entries. He’s also on Facebook and (much less frequently) on Twitter.

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