Kent (Kip) Curtis

Assistant Professor

Gambling on Ore: The Nature of Metal Mining in the United States     REVIEW: Gambling on Ore, JAH June 2014

Professor Kip Curtis teaches History at The Ohio State University, Mansfield.  His major research focus is in the field of environmental history.  His book, Gambling on Ore: The Nature of Metal Mining in the United States, (University Press of Colorado, 2013) explores the role of geology in shaping the nineteenth century western mining industry.  He has written two additional articles related to mining, one dealing with the creation of a golf course atop a Superfund site in Montana and another examining the role of the state in facilitating western gold rushes.  He has also published an essay about Henry David Thoreau and environmental history.  He is currently working on a book project exploring the history of negotiation and violence between settlers and indigenous groups during gold rush episodes in the nineteenth century. 

Prof. Curtis teaches courses in United States history and environmental history including Global Environmental History, US Environmental History, The U.S. West, the History of Capitalism, and Native American History.  Prior to coming to Ohio State, Prof. Curtis taught full time in the Eckerd College Environmental Studies Program where he offered courses in Environmental Literature, Environmental Ethics and Philosophy, Urban Ecology, and Schoolyard Garden Education.  He has a strong interest in community engagement and in developing service-learning activities for students.

In addition to his higher education experience, Curtis has worked in public history and education, serving as the Director of Education at the Walden Woods Project in Lincoln, MA 2003-2005 as well as founding and serving as the first Executive Director of the Edible Peace Patch Project in St. Petersburg, FL, 2009-2014.  He spoke about the origins and vision of the Edible Peace Patch Project in 2013.

Areas of Expertise
  • Environment, Technology, and Science

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