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Strahorn, Eric (PhD)

Associate Professor
Department of Social & Behavioral Sciences
Office: MH 0187
Phone: 239-590-7214

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Ph.D., History, University of Iowa, 1997
M.A., History, University of Iowa, 1989
B.A., History, Drake University, 1988

Research and Teaching Interests

Colonial and Post-Colonial South Asia, Modern and Imperial Britain, environmental history, wildlife conservation, the Himalayas

Courses Offered

  • ASH 3323 Modern South Asia
  • ASH 3404 Modern China
  • ASH 3550 Post-Colonial India
  • EUH 3530 British Empire & Commonwealth
  • WOH 1023 World Civilization 1500-1815
  • WOH 1030 World Civilization since 1815
  • WOH 3044 20th Century World History
  • WOH 4235 Epidemics in World History
  • WOH 6201 Environmental History


  • An Environmental History of Postcolonial North India: The Himalayan Tarai in Uttar Pradesh and Uttaranchal (New York: Peter Lang Publishing, 2009).
Textbook chapter
  • "Is Climate Change a Threat That Requires Urgent Action?" Taking Sides: Clashing Views on Economic Issues Sixteenth Edition. McGraw-Hill, 2014.

Articles and Essays

  • "The Indus River Basin in the 21st Century" In Managing New Security Challenges in Asia, edited by Robert M. Hathaway and Michael Wills. The Woodrow Wilson Center Press, 2013.
  • The Tentative First Steps in the Creation of a Himalayan Hydroelectricity Market Between Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, and Nepal. New Approaches to Building Markets in Asia (Centre on Asia and Globalisation at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore) Working Paper No. 21 (2011).

Book reviews in Agricultural History, The Journal of Asian Studies, and Environmental History
Conference Presentations

  • "An Uncomfortable Partnership: China, India and the Transboundary Rivers of the Himalayas" paper presented at the Annual Conference on South Asia, University of Wisconsin, Madison, October 12, 2018.
  • "Rethinking the Early History of Leprosy in Light of Advances in Paleopathology" paper presented at the "Disease Dispersion and Impact in the Indian Ocean World" conference, McGill University, Montreal, September 23-24, 2016.
  • "'It is Getting Worse': Flood Control in the Himalayas During the 20th Century" paper presented at the European Society for Environmental History annual conference, University of Versailles-St-Quentin-en-Yvelines, Versailles, June 30-July 3, 2015.
  • "Flood Control in the Himalayas: A Preliminary History of Futility," paper presented at "Disasters Wet and Dry: Rivers, Floods, and Droughts in World History," sponsored jointly by the Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society, LMU Munich, and the Center for Ecological History, Renmin University of China, 23-26 May 2013.
  • "Damming the Himalayas: Assessing the Eco-friendliness of Large Damns in SAARC's Growth Quadrangle" paper presented at the "Thinking Mountains 2012 Interdisciplinary Mountain Studies Conference," Canadian Mountain Studies Initiative, University of Alberta, Edmonton, 11-14 December 2012.
  • "The Tentative First Steps in the Creation of a Himalayan Hydroelectricity Market Between Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, and Nepal," paper resented at the "Regulation, Private Sector Authority and Market Building in Asia", Singapore, 27-28 October 2011.
  • "The Indus River Basin in the 21st Century," paper presented at the 2010 Asia Policy Assembly (The National Bureau of Asian Research/Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars), Washington, DC, 18 June 2010.
  • "The Indus River Basin in the 20th Century," paper presented at the "Rivers and Landscapes in the 20th Century: Laboratories for a Sustainable Development 'avant la lettre'?" conference at Conservatoire National des Arts et Métiers, Paris, November 2009.
  • "Development Issues in the Indus River Basin: The Limitations of the Indus Waters Treaty (1960) and Ongoing Ecological Consequences," paper presented at the Fourth Annual Himalayan Policy Research Conference, Madison, 22 October 2009.

Grants and Awards

  • Florence Tan Moeson Fellowship, The Library of Congress, 2016.
  • Individual Faculty Service Excellence Award, Florida Gulf Coast University, 2015.
  • Honors Fellowship, Florida Gulf Coast University, 2014-2017.
  • Research Fellow, National Asia Research Program of the National Bureau of Asian Research and Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, 2010-2012.