Erica Morin, Ph.D.

Erica A. Morin, Ph.D.                                   Assistant Professor
CGCE Program Advisor
Office: Bates 021                                        Phone Number: (413) 572-5712

Joined Westfield State University in 2014

Ph.D. History, Purdue University (2012)
M.A. American Studies, Purdue University (2007)
B.A. History and Women’s Studies, Plattsburgh State University (2004)

Courses Taught:
HIST121: The Historian
HIST132: U.S. History Since 1865
HIST351: U.S. Constitutional History
HIST261: 1920s and Depression
HIST258: U.S. Environmental History
HIST270  Honors: Gender and the Environment
HIST243: U.S. 1932 to Present
HIST258: U.S. Environmental History
HIST312: Cold War Era, 1945-90
HIST314: U.S. Popular Culture
HIST610: Readings: U.S. 1914-Present  (Graduate course)

Research Interests:
Environmental history
Adirondack history
State and regional environmental policy
Parks and recreation
Environmental activism
Environmental justice
Gender and popular culture

Special Interests:
Hiking and nature photography
Adorable furry animals
Netflix binge watching
Delicious food and wine

Book Chapters

“Location, Location, Location! Analyzing Residential Development in Environmentally-Fragile Areas.” Edited by Loren Byrne. In Learner-Centered Teaching Activities for Environmental and Sustainability Studies. New York: Springer, 2016.

“Public Awareness of Agent Orange and Love Canal: Linking the Vietnam War and the Environmental Movement.” Edited by Ron Milam. In The Vietnam War and Popular Culture. New York: ABC-CLIO, 2017.


“Extra! Extra! Read All About It!: Structuring the U.S. History Survey Around the Motif of the Newspaper.” The History Teacher 46 (February 2013): 283-292.

“‘No Vacation for Mother’: Traditional Gender Roles in Outdoor Travel Literature, 1945-1960.” Women’s Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal 41 (May 2012): 436-456.

Books Reviews

Interpretive Essay Comparative Review, “Engineering and Conserving Water in New York City,” in Journal of Urban History. (Forthcoming 2018)

Review of Duncan Maysilles, Ducktown Smoke: The Fight over One of the South’s Greatest Environmental Disasters (2011). H-Environment, October 2011.

Review of Thomas E. King, Our Unprotected Heritage: Whitewashing the Destruction of Our Cultural and Natural Environment (2009). H-Travel, March 2011.

Encyclopedia Entries

“Free Market Environmental Policy.” Encyclopedia of the U.S. Government and Environment. Ed. Matt Lindstrom, 381-382. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO, 2010.