Jared Farmer

Jared Farmer

Walter H. Annenberg Professor of HistoryChair of Graduate Studies

U.S. history, North American West, environmental history, landscape studies


College Hall 306B


Jared Farmer studies the histories of built and unbuilt environments from the hyperlocal to the planetary. His temporal expertise is the long nineteenth century; his regional expertise is the North American West.

At Penn, Prof. Farmer is affiliated with the History and Sociology of Science Graduate Group, the Religious Studies Graduate Group, and the Penn Program in Environmental Humanities.

He has received fellowships and grants from institutions such as the American Council of Learned Societies, the National Humanities Center, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. His book On Zion’s Mount: Mormons, Indians, and the American Landscape (Harvard University Press, 2008) won the Francis Parkman Prize from the Society of American Historians. In 2014, the Dallas Institute presented him the Hiett Prize in the Humanities; in 2017, the Carnegie Corporation of New York named him an Andrew Carnegie Fellow; and in 2018, the American Academy in Berlin awarded him a Berlin Prize.

His peer-reviewed essays include Executive Domain: Military Reservations in the Wartime West, in World War II and the West It Wrought (Stanford, 2020); Taking Liberties with Historic Trees, in the Journal of American History (March 2019); and Technofossil, in Future Remains: A Cabinet of Curiosities for the Anthropocene (Chicago, 2018). His fourth book, Elderflora: A Modern History of Ancient Trees, will be published by Basic Books in fall 2022. Recently, Prof. Farmer wrote a related op-ed for the Los Angeles Times. See also his interview in Humanities. In collaboration with Penn students, he has begun a digital history project called "Petrosylvania."

In the 2021–22 admissions cycle, Prof. Farmer will be accepting Ph.D. advisee(s).

Office Hours
By appointment
Online Office Hours

Mondays, 9:00–11:00, and by appointment; Zoom link provided by email.


Ph.D. Stanford University

M.A. University of Montana

B.A. Utah State University

Courses Taught

Petrosylvania: Reckoning with Fossil Fuel

American Monuments: Designs for the Future

The Making of Modern America

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