Bio

Sarah Stanford-McIntyre is the 2017-2018 Bernard Majewski Fellow at the American Heritage Center and an instructor in the University of Wyoming Department of History. She holds a PhD in American Studies from William & Mary.

Her research interests broadly include the environmental, social, and cultural impact of technology and energy systems.

Her dissertation, “Refining the Desert: The Politics of Wealth, Industrialization, and Environmental Risk in the Twentieth Century Texas Oil Industry,” tracks the shifting ways in which oil industry employees understood workplace risk and environmental contamination over seventy years of regional boom and bust. In the process, she argues that oil workers, and West Texas, are central to understanding national debates about government control over natural resources and the acceptable victims of industrial contamination. She is currently expanding this project into a book manuscript.

Her work has benefited from generous support from the College of William & Mary, the Walter P. Reuther Library, the Texas State Historical Association, the Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, the Hagley Museum and Library, the Smithsonian Lemelson Center for the Study of Technology and Innovation, and the American Heritage Center at the University of Wyoming.