• Sarah Payne •


The Basics

Name: Sarah Payne
  • History
Education: Ph.D.
Role: Faculty
Position:  Assistant Professor
Concentration:  Public History; Environmental History

Contact Info

Phone: 970-491-6840
Office: Clark B363
Office Hours:  T/R 12:30-1:45 pm
Email: Sarah.Payne@colostate.edu
Website:  http://www.sarahrpayne.com


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Areas of Specialization

 Public History, with Professors Ore and Fish-Kashay.

 History of Women, Gender, & Sexuality, with Professors AlexanderLittle, and Hindmarch-Watson.

 Environmental History, with Professors Fiege, Orsi, Alexander, and Howkins.


I joined the faculty at CSU in fall 2012, when I was hired as one of the department’s three Public Historians.  Prior to my time at CSU I worked in a wide range of Public History positions including at a consulting firm specializing in historic preservation and cultural resource management, as the managing editor of the New Mexico Historical Review, and as a consultant for museum and outreach projects. In addition to teaching and continuing to practice Public History, my research is in the field of Environmental History.  My current manuscript project, Cleaning up after Sex: An Environmental History of Birth Control in the United States, explores the production, consumption, and disposal histories of contraceptives from the late nineteenth-century to the present.

In addition to teaching in the history department, I serve as a Faculty Council Member of CSU’s Public Lands History Center.  At the PLHC, my colleagues and I work with students on a wide range of projects that further knowledge of the history of America’s public lands using our expertise in environmental history, historic preservation, Native American history, social history, museum studies, and cultural resource management.

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