Barrett Gough

Hulings Visiting Assistant Professor of US and Environmental History and Culture

Barrett Gough
Office:Wheeler Hall 322
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Earned and Honorary Degrees

PhD University of Iowa
MA University of Alabama
BA University of Kentucky


I hail originally from Lexington, Kentucky, horse capital of the world. As an undergraduate majoring in English and history, I came to begin working on various social justice initiatives in Kentucky, from environmental justice to the abolition of capital punishment. I came to understand the ways in which social justice struggles are linked in their relations to structures of power.

I pursued a master's degree at the University of Alabama, where I focused on the back to the land movement of the 1960s and 1970s. I then earned a PhD in American studies at the University of Iowa. There I took a more active interest in labor organizing and history as well as a keen interest in forests and their history.

Since then I have lived and taught in Los Angeles and Pittsburgh before moving to Ashland.


My primary research interests include environmental and cultural history, focusing particularly on social justice movements and forestry history. I am currently working on developing a manuscript for publication of a history of Robinson Forest, a university-owned research forest in Appalachian Kentucky.

Why Northland?

I wanted to come to Northland to be a part of an active learning and outdoor community. Integrating classroom learning with an appreciation for the more-than-human world is something I'm genuinely excited about.


I will teach both surveys in US History as well as US Environmental History. I am also at work developing a course on the histories of the US Park and US Forest Services.

Personal Interests

I enjoy hiking and camping with my spouse. My favorite adventures include kayaking the fjords of Norway and camping along the Pacific Ocean in Redwoods National Park.