Assistant Vice Provost


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  • Office Hours:

    By appointment
  • Role:

  • Position:

    • Assistant Vice Provost
    • Associate Professor
  • Concentration:

    • World Environmental History
  • Department:

    • History
  • Education:

    • B.A., Princeton University, 2003, Cum Laude
    • Ph.D., History, Georgetown University, 2013
  • Curriculum Vitae:


Andrea Duffy has been teaching at Colorado State University since Fall 2010. She holds a B.A. in Modern European History from Princeton University and a Ph.D. from Georgetown University with specializations in European, Middle Eastern, Ottoman, and environmental histories. She teaches courses in International Studies, Honors, and European, Middle Eastern, and world environmental history. Her research investigates connections between societies and the environment in modern imperial and colonial contexts. Her first book, Nomad's Land: Pastoralism and French Environmental Policy in the Nineteenth-Century Mediterranean World, examines the impact of French environmental policies on communities around the Mediterranean. She is currently working on a global history of the environmental dimensions of imperialism titled The Nature of Empire. Dr. Duffy shares her students' thirst for knowledge, curiosity about the wider world, and passion for international experiences and intercultural interaction. She has studied nearly a dozen languages, including French, German, Arabic, and Turkish. In her spare time, she enjoys running, rock climbing, and mountaineering. A Nebraska native, she has lived in France and Turkey and has visited over 30 countries across five continents. She continues to learn, explore, and discover whenever she can.

Areas of Specialization: modern European history, world environmental history, Middle Eastern history

For Graduate Students: I am eager to advise and mentor graduate students in my areas of specialization. Please contact me if you are interested in learning more or setting up an introductory meeting.



Andrea Duffy, Nomad's Land: Pastoralism and French Environmental Policy in the Nineteenth-century Mediterranean World (Lincoln, NE: University of Nebraska Press, 2019)

_____, The Nature of Empire: The Environmental Dimensions of Imperialism, 1800-Present (Under contract with Routledge Press)

Andrea Duffy, Kenneth Cushner, and Laurie McConnico, eds., Crosscurrents: A Global Studies Reader (Kendall Hunt, 2019)


Andrea Duffy, “Reorienting Orientalism: Ottoman Historiography and the Representation of Seventeenth-Century French Travelogues,” Turkish Journal of History / Tarih Dergisi 73 (2021): 53-76, DOI: 10.26650/iutd.756501.

_____, “What the Ottoman Empire can teach us about the consequences of climate change – and how drought can uproot peoples and fuel warfare,” The Conversation (June 7, 2021), url:

_____, “Crafting the Anthropocene: Environmental Anxieties and Climate Realities in Nineteenth-Century France,” Environment and History (2020), DOI: 10.3197/096734020X15900760737130.

_____, “Some Like It Hot: Mediterranean Societies at the End of the Little Ice Age,” Agricultural History 94.2 (2020), DOI: 10.3098/ah.2020.094.2.176.

_____, “Chapter 11: Forests Worldwide,” in Environmental Issues Today: Choices and Challenges, edited by Susan Opp and Robert Duffy, vol. 2, pp. 187-203 (Santa Barbara: ABC-CLIO, 2020), url:

_____, “Civilizing through Cork: Conservationism and la Mission Civilisatrice in French Colonial Algeria,” Environmental History 23.2 (2018)

_____, “Fighting Fire with Fire: Mobile Pastoralists and French Discourse on Wildfires in Nineteenth-Century Algeria,” Resilience: A Journal of the Environmental Humanities 3 (2016)

_____, “REVIEW: Under Osman’s Tree: The Ottoman Empire, Egypt, and Environmental History by Alan Mikhail,” The English Historical Review (April 1, 2019)

_____, “REVIEW: Plantations and Protected Areas: A Global History of Forest Management by Brett Bennett,” Environmental History 22.3 (July 2017)

As Andrea Williams, “Syria’s Forgotten Pluralism and Why It Matters Today,” The Conversation (April 25, 2017)

_____, “REVIEW: The Ecology of Pastoralism by P. Nick Kardulias,” Agricultural History 90.1 (2016)

_____, “REVIEW: Nature and Empire in Ottoman Egypt by Alan Mikhail,” Arab World Geographer 14.4 (2011)


  • INST 200: Approaches to Globalization

  • INST 492: Capstone Seminar

  • HIST 116: The Islamic World since 1500

  • HON 292C: Ways of Knowing Nature across Cultures

  • HIST 539: World Environmental History