Professor of History and American Studies
Fields of interest:
20th century U.S. history, U.S. and global environmental history, government and political development, American West, energy and resources
Paul Sabin teaches United States environmental history, energy politics, and political, legal, and economic history. He coordinates the Yale Environmental History working group and the Yale Environmental Humanities Initiative, and helps lead Yale’s undergraduate Environmental Studies major. He is the author of The Bet: Paul Ehrlich, Julian Simon, and Our Gamble Over Earth’s Future (2013), which draws on an iconic story about population and resources to examine the clash between environmentalists and their critics since the late 1960s. His first book, Crude Politics: The California Oil Market, 1900-1940 (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. He also has written on international resource frontiers, U.S. overseas expansion, and energy and legal history.
Sabin received his Ph.D. in American History in 2000 from the University of California, Berkeley, and spent a postdoctoral year as Harvard-Newcomen 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.