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Associate Professor - History

Bob H. Reinhardt


I teach and research in the fields of environmental history, the history of the American West, public history, and the history of public health. I am also the director of the Working History Center, an initiative to advocate for and demonstrate the vitality and relevancy of history; I am also the internship coordinator for the Department of History. Prior to joining Boise State, I was executive director of the Willamette Heritage Center, a historic site and museum in Oregon’s Willamette Valley.


My recent scholarship explores histories of marginalized communities in the American West, with a particular focus on communities and places that were displaced or disappeared to make way for large irrigation and hydroelectric dams during the twentieth century. My current project, The Atlas of Drowned Towns, seeks to recover and interpret histories of such communities, starting with those along the Snake River.

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Drowned Towns

Working History Center


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