Associate Professor of American Environmental Studies (on the Jack Meyerhoff Fund)


Ph.D., Brandeis University

Field of Specialty

American environmental studies, New England farm and forest history, sustainable agriculture, sustainable forestry, land conservation

Contact Information

Rabb Graduate Center 348

Brian M Donahue

Teaches courses on environmental issues, environmental history, sustainable farming and forestry, and early American culture. Primary research interests include the history and the prospects of human engagement with the land, especially in New England


Lefland, Aaron, Huff, Emily S., Donahue, Brian. "“A Community Forestry Model Linking Research, Management, Education, and Stakeholder Engagement: Case Study Results from the Town of Weston, Massachusetts, USA,”." Small-Scale Forestry published on-line December 2017. awaiting assignment (2018): 1-10.

Donahue, Brian, et al. A New England Food Vision: Healthy Food for All, Sustainable Farming and Fishing, Thriving Communities (booklet). Durham, NH: Food Solutions New England, University of New Hampshire, 2014.

Donahue, Brian. "Walden Woods: reconciling preservation and use in Thoreau’s country." Environment and Ideology of nature on the Metropolitan Fringe: Green Sprawl. Ed. Kirsten Valentine Cadieux and Laura E. Taylor. New York, NY: Routledge, 2012

Donahue, Brian. "Historian with a Chainsaw: Teaching Environmental History in the Field." OAH Magazine of History 25. 4 (2011): 33-35.

Donahue, Brian. "Review of Restoration Ecology." by Marcus Hall, ed. Journal of Interdisciplinary History vol. 41 Spring, 2011

Donahue, Brian; Hagenstein, Edwin C; and Gregg, Sara M.. American Georgics: Writings on Farming, Culture and the Land. New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 2011.

Foster, David R., Donahue, Brian et al. Wildlands and Woodlands: A Vision for the New England Landscape. Petersham, MA: Harvard Forest: Harvard University Press, 2010.

Donahue, Brian. ""Remaking Boston, Remaking Massachusetts"." Remaking Boston: An Environmental History. Ed. Conrad Wright & Anthony Penna. Pittsburgh, PA: University of Pittsburgh Press, 2009

David R. Foster, Brian Donahue et al. "New England Regional Narrative." Agrarian Landscapes in Transition: A Cross-scale Approach. Ed. Charles Redmond and David R. Foster. New York: Oxford University Press, 2008

Donahue, Brian. "Husbandry in Colonial Concord: GIS as a Tool for Environmental History." Placing History: How Maps, Spatial Data, and GIS Are Changing the Practice of History. Ed. Anne Kelly Knowles. ESRI, 2008

Donahue, Brian. "Another Look from Sanderson's Farm: A Perspective on New England Environmental History and Conservation." Environmental History 12. 1 (2007): 9-34.

Donahue, Brian. "The Greatest Good: A Forest Service Centennial Film." by Steve Dunsky et al. Environmental History vol. 12 177-79.

Foster, David R., Brian Donahue, et al. Wildlands and Woodlands: A Vision for the Future of the Masschusetts Forest. Harvard Forest Paper, 2005.

Donahue,Brian M. "Environmental Stewardship and Decline in Old New England." Journal of the Early Republic 24. (2004).

Donahue,Brian M. The Great Meadow: Farmers and the Land in Colonial Concord. Yale Univeristy Press, 2004.

Donahue, Brian. "The Resettling of America." The Essential Agrarian Reader. Ed. Norman Wirzba. University Press of Kentucky, 2003

Donahue, Brian. "Reclaiming the Commons." The New Agrarianism: Land, Culture, and the Community of Life. Ed. Eric T. Freyfogle. Island Press, 2001

Donahue,Brian M. Reclaiming the Commons: Community Farms and Forests in a New England Town. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1999.

Donahue, Brian. "'Dammed at Both Ends and Cursed in the Middle': The 'Flowage' of the Concord River Meadows, 1798 - 1862." Out of the Woods: Essays in Environmental History. Ed. Char Miller and Hal Rothman. University of Pittsburgh Press, 1997

Courses Taught

AMST 30b American Environmental History
AMST 105a The Eastern Forest: Paleoecology to Policy
AMST 106b Food and Farming in America