J. Donald Hughes is John Evans Distinguished Professor, and Professor Emeritus of History, at the University of Denver. He lives in Lakeville, Pennsylvania. His research fields are environmental history (world), world history, and ancient history (Greece, Rome, and Egypt). Among his recent publications (listed in an attachment to this website) are What Is Environmental History?, (Polity, new edition 2015), An Environmental History of the World: Humankind's Changing Role in the Community of Life (Routledge, second edition 2009), The Mediterranean: An Environmental History (ABC-CLIO, 2005), and Environmental Problems of the Greeks and Romans (Johns Hopkins University Press, second edition 2014). He is a founding member of the American Society for Environmental History (organized in 1976), the European Society for Environmental History, the East Asian Association of Environmental Historians, and the South Asian Environmental History society. He is past editor of the journal, Environmental History (then titled Environmental Review). He received the Distinguished Service Award of ASEH in 2000. He has served as a research associate of the Denver Museum of Nature and Science, and is a member of Phi Beta Kappa. His undergraduate degree was completed at the University of California at Los Angeles, and his Ph.D. at Boston University, with graduate study at Cambridge University, UK, and the American School of Classical Studies at Athens, Greece. He taught environmental history for a semester at Beijing Normal University, China. He has given invited lectures on environmental history in Athens, Bangalore, Beijing, Bochum (Germany), Braga (Portugal), Chicago, Delhi, Florianopolis (Brazil), Hualien (Taiwan), Istanbul, Kaua'i, Kolkata, Leiden, Leipzig, Madison (WI), St Andrews (Scotland), Taipei, Takamatsu (Japan) and Tianjin.
Additional biographical information may be found in the file marked "Interview" under Publications on this page.
J. DONALD HUGHES
University of Denver
John Evans Distinguished Professor and
Professor Emeritus, Department of History
Mailing address: 12 Berry Ln, Lakeville PA 18438
Research Interest: environmental history (world)
Favorite Musician: Pam Hughes