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History Department

Tycho de Boer, Ph.D.
Tycho de Boer
Department Chair - History, History - Associate Professor

(507) 457-6995
tdeboer@smumn.edu

Dr. Tycho de Boer (Ph.D. Vanderbilt University, 2002) is an Assistant Professor of History at Saint Mary's University of Minnesota.

Before joining Saint Mary's University faculty in the fall of 2007, Dr. de Boer taught for three years at Waynesburg College in Waynesburg, PA, and for two years at the University of Wisconsin - La Crosse. Dr. de Boer teaches American Experience, Colonial and Revolutionary America, Constitutional America and the Early Republic, American Environmental History, and the history of rock and roll. His master’s thesis, completed at the University of Groningen in the Netherlands, was entitled "White Trash: The Containment of Depravity." He earned his Ph.D.in American history at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN in 2002. The University Press of Florida will publish his dissertation, "The Corporate Forest: Capitalism and Environmental Change in Southeastern North Carolina, 1760-1940," as Nature, Business, and Community in North Carolina's Green Swamp sometime in 2008. Dr. de Boer is currently working on two related projects – an environmental history of rock and roll, and a study of nomadism in the United States.

Courses Recently Taught at SMU
The American Experience
Colonial/Revolutionary America
Southern Historical Association
American Society for Environmental History

Education
Ph.D., American History, Vanderbilt University, 2002
M.A., American Studies, Rijksuniversiteit Groningen, The Netherlands, 1995
B.A., American Studies, Rijksuniversiteit Groningen, The Netherlands

Teaching Experience
2007 to Present: Assistant Professor, History Department, Saint Mary's University of Minnesota, Winona, MN
2005-2007: Lecturer, History Department, University of Wisconsin-LaCrosse, WI
2005: Online Instructor, History Department, Ramussen College, Mankato, MN
2002-2005: Assistant Professor, History Department, Waynesburg College, Waynesburg, PA
2000-2002: Instructor/Adjunct Professor, Environmental History, Vanderbilt University, TN
1999-2001: Instructor, History Department, Nashville State Technical Institute, TN
1998-2000: Teaching Assistant, History Department, Vanderbilt University, TN

Selected Presentations

Papers
"The Road and the Sky: Toward an Environmental History of Rock and Roll" Missouri Valley History Conference, Omaha, NE, March 2008

"'Enterprise vs. the "Grab Game'": The Diverging Environmental Impact of Local and Outside Lumber Companies in Southeastern North Carolina, 1820-1920" American Society for Environmental History, Victoria, British Columbia, April 2004

"'They had an Italian City down there at Honey Island Swamp': Italian Loggers, Polish Farmers, and Racial and Economic Improvement on the Lower Cape Fear" Organization of American Historians Annual Meeting, Washington, D.C., April 2002

"'One of the Greatest Gifts of God to Man': The Longleaf Pine and the Industrialization of Forest Exploitation, 1820-1880" Southern Historical Association Annual Meeting, New Orleans, LA, November 2001, St. George Tucker Society Annual Meeting, Atlanta, GA, June 2001

"The Nature of Colonization: The Cognitive Conquest of Dutch Brazil, 1624-1654" Tennessee Conference of Historians, Gallatin, TN, September 1999

"The Big Ballad Jamboree: Donald Davidson and the Southern Folk" Tennessee Conference of Historians, Martin, TN, September 1998

Book Reviews
Barry M. Gough, Britain, Canada, and the North Pacific: Maritime Enterprise and Dominion, 1778-1914, reviewed for Itinerario 29, no. 3 (2005)

Jon Kukla, A Wilderness So Immense: The Louisiana Purchase and the Destiny of America and Peter Kastor, The Nation's Crucible: The Louisiana Purchase and the Creation of America, reviewed for Itinerario 29, no. 2 (2005)

Thomas P. Slaughter, Exploring Lewis and Clark: Reflections on Men and Wilderness, in Itinerario 29, no. 1 (2005)

Benjamin Stora, Algeria, 1830-2000, reviewed for Itinerario 28, no. 3 (2004)

Eric Pawson and Tom Brooking, eds., Environmental Histories of New Zealand, reviewed for Itinerario 28, no. 1 (2004)

Humphrey J. Fisher, Slavery in the History of Muslim Black Africa, in Itinerario 27 (2003)

Jeroen Touwen, Extremes in the Archipelago: Trade and Development in the Outer Islands of Indonesia, 1900–1942, in Itinerario 26 (2003)

Han Knapen, Forests of Fortune? The Environmental History of Southeast Borneo, 1600–1880, in Itinerario 25 (2002)

Conference Papers
"The Road and the Sky: Toward an Environmental History of Rock and Roll" Missouri Valley History Conference, Omaha, NE, March 2008

"'Enterprise vs. the "Grab Game'": The Diverging Environmental Impact of Local and Outside Lumber Companies in Southeastern North Carolina, 1820-1920" American Society for Environmental History, Victoria, British Columbia, April 2004

"'They had an Italian City down there at Honey Island Swamp': Italian Loggers, Polish Farmers, and Racial and Economic Improvement on the Lower Cape Fear" Organization of American Historians Annual Meeting, Washington, D.C., April 2002

"'One of the Greatest Gifts of God to Man': The Longleaf Pine and the Industrialization of Forest Exploitation, 1820-1880" Southern Historical Association Annual Meeting, New Orleans, LA, November 2001, St. George Tucker Society Annual Meeting, Atlanta, GA, June 2001

"The Nature of Colonization: The Cognitive Conquest of Dutch Brazil, 1624-1654" Tennessee Conference of Historians, Gallatin, TN, September 1999

"The Big Ballad Jamboree: Donald Davidson and the Southern Folk" Tennessee Conference of Historians, Martin, TN, September 1998

Publications
Nature, Business, and Community in North Carolina's Green Swamp (forthcoming from the University Press of Florida, 2008)