Zephaniah Fleetwood Portrait

Position Title
Ph.D. Candidate

SSH 246
University of California, Davis, 1 Shields Avenue, Davis CA 95616
Office Hours
Tuesdays: 9am-11am

Research Focus

I work on 20th century U.S. political and environmental history. I'm especially interested in critiques of the mainstream environmental movement in the late 20th century. While many aspects of my research engages with the intersection of conservatism, populism, and anti-environmentalism in the New Right in the late 20c. American West, I'm also interested in divisions within the environmental movement and the alternatives to mainstream environmentalism that emerged in the 1980s and 1990s. My current research examines the development of these different critiques of the mainstream environmental movement and their effect on land use, environmental, and climate change policy from the 1980s to the early 2000s.

Education and Degree(s)
  • MA in History from UC Davis (2021)
  • BA in History from the University of Oklahoma (2019)
Honors and Awards
  • WHA Graduate Student Prize (2023)
  • Silas Palmer Fellowship (2023)
  • Alan K. Simpson Fellowship in Western Political History (2021)
  • W. Turrentine Jackson Fellowship (2019-20)
  • Instructor - HIS 174C--US History Since 1945
  • Teaching Assistant - HIS 017A--History of the United States to 1877
  • Teaching Assistant - HIS 017B--History of the United States since 1877
  • Teaching Assistant - HIS 174C--History of the United States Since World War II
  • Teaching Assistant - HIS 072A--Women and Gender in American History to 1865
  • Teaching Assistant - HIS 072B--Women and Gender in American History Since 1865
Research Interests & Expertise
  • Environmental History
  • Political History
  • 20th Century American West
  • Environmentalism
  • Conservatism
  • “American Environmental and Climate Movements.” Oxford Bibliographies in Environmental History. Oxford University Press. (In Progress)
  • "Unveiling the Language of Anti-Environmentalism: Insights from the James Watt and Malcolm Wallop Papers." Discover History (blog). American Heritage Center, University of Wyoming. Dec. 4, 2023. https://ahcwyo.org/2023/12/04/unveiling-the-language-of-anti-environmentalism-insights-from-the-james-watt-and-malcolm-wallop-papers/
Membership and Service
  • Graduate Student Representative, History Department Graduate Program Committee, UC Davis, 2023-Present
  • Marchand Fellow, Roland Marchand Center for Public Engagement, 2023
  • Secretary, UC Davis History Graduate Student Association, 2022-2023