Sam White

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Sam White is Associate Professor of Environmental History at the Ohio State University. He earned his M.A. in Middle East Studies and Modern History from the University of St. Andrews (Scotland) in 2002 and his Ph.D. in history from Columbia University in 2008. His research focuses on reconstructing historical climate and weather and their human impacts, drawing on written sources and scientific studies. He is the author of two monographs—The Climate of Rebellion in the Early Modern Ottoman Empire (Cambridge University Press, 2011) and A Cold Welcome: The Little Ice Age and Europe’s Encounter with North America (Harvard University Press, 2017)—as well as various articles and chapters in both historical and scientific books and journals. Prof. White is lead editor of the forthcoming Palgrave Handbook to Climate History and the co-founder and website administrator of the Climate History Network. His publications have won several prizes, including the Middle East Studies Association Albert Hourani award and American Society for Environmental History Leopold-Hidy Award. He teaches in various areas of global and American Environmental History as well as Big History.

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