About

_1171 Sarah BEST

I joined the faculty at Colorado State University (CSU) in fall 2012 when I was hired as one of the department’s three Public Historians.  Prior to my time at CSU I worked in a wide range of Public History positions including at a consulting firm specializing in historic preservation and cultural resource management, as the managing editor of the New Mexico Historical Review, and as a consultant for museum and outreach projects. In addition to teaching and continuing to practice Public History, my research is in the field of Environmental History.  My current manuscript project, Screwing with Nature: An Environmental History of Contraception in the United States, explores the production, consumption, and disposal histories of contraceptives from the late nineteenth century to the early twenty-first century.

In addition to teaching in the history department, I serve as a Faculty Council Member of CSU’s Public Lands History Center (PLHC).  At the PLHC, my colleagues and I work with students on a wide range of projects that further knowledge of the history of America’s public lands using our expertise in environmental history, historic preservation, Native American history, social history, museum studies, and cultural resource management.

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