Adam Tompkins

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Associate Professor of History


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  U.S. History I
  U.S. History II
  World History II

Dr. Tompkins completed his MA at Pennsylvania State University and his PhD in history at Arizona State University in 2011, specializing in environmental history and the United States. His research interests center on environmental politics and social movements.

His book Ghostworkers and Greens: The Cooperative Campaigns of Farmworkers and Environmentalists for Pesticide Reform was published by Cornell University’s ILR Press in Spring 2016. His essay “Cancer Valley, California: Pesticides, Politics, and Childhood Disease” appeared in Natural Protest: Essays on the History of American Environmentalism. Another article “A Different Kind of Border War: Conflicts over Pesticides in Arizona’s Agricultural/Urban Interface, 1977-1986” was published in Journal of the West.

Dr. Tompkins is currently engaged in a digital humanities project chronicling the history of Tachikawa Air Base, the Sunagawa Toso (struggle), and Showa Kinen Park. He co-authored an essay entitled “When the Sky Opened: The Transformation of Tachikawa Air Base into Showa Kinen Park” to be published by University of Colorado Press in an edited volume entitled The Politics of Hope: Grassroots Organizing, Environmental Justice, and Social Change.

Dr. Tompkins strives to make history relevant to students and help them realize their potential to effect change with an emphasis on bottom-up history in his classes. His classes strengthen critical thinking and argumentation skills by encouraging students to do history. He is active in extra-curricular activities outside of class. He coordinates activities for the re-photography club, a film discussion series, and has developed a relationship with the Sunagawa Heiwa Hiroba Museum.

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