Eastman, Adam R
Lecturer - History & Political Science
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Ph.D. in History, University of Oklahoma, 2013.

Dissertation Title: Hit List: President Carter’s Review of Reclamation Water Projects and His Impact on Federal Water Policy.

Doctoral Fields: Post Civil War United States History, Environmental History, Twentieth Century Russia.

M.A. in History, Brigham Young University, 2006.

Thesis title: From Cadillac to Chevy: Environmental Concern, Compromise, and the Central Utah Project Completion Act.

B.A. in History, Utah Valley University, 2003.


Adam Eastman joined the Department of History and Political Science in 2014. His research and teaching interests focus on modern American and world history, with a particular specialization in environmental history, the U.S. West, and the Cold War.  His book project, based on his dissertation, ” examines the strength of the environmental legislation of the 1970s, with a special emphasis on the water development projects in the West during the Carter and Reagan administrations.

Research Interests

  • Water politics and environmental policy change during the 1970s and 1980s;
  • The intersection of urban growth, modern infrastructure, and the environment;
  • Water development of the upper Colorado River Basin;
  • The local and global environmental impacts of the Cold War.


Fall 2014

  • History 2700   U.S. History to 1877
  • History 2710   U.S. History since 1877 

Spring 2015

  • History 2710   U.S. History since 1877
  • History 3733  U.S. History since 1945
  • History 3800   U.S. Environmental History


Central Utah Water Conservancy District: History in the Making (Salt Lake City: Central Utah Water Conservancy District, 2010).

Five Decades: A History of the Jordan Valley Water Conservancy District (Salt Lake City: Jordan Valley Water Conservancy District, 2006).

Book Chapter

 “From Cadillac to Chevy: Environmental Concern, Compromise, and the Central Utah Project Completion Act,” in Utah History in the Twentieth Century, edited by Brian Q. Cannon and Jessie Embry (Logan, Utah: Utah State University Press, 2009).