Neel Baumgardner, Ph.D.

Senior Lecturer, History

Neel Baumgardner, Ph.D.


Summer 2024 Office Hours: TBD.

Neel Baumgardner received a B.B.A. and a Ph.D. in history from the University of Texas at Austin and an M.B.A. from Southern Methodist University. Dr. Baumgardner's research focuses on the development and protection of national parks and wilderness areas. His book in progress, titled "Unbordering North America: Creating International Parks along the Periphery of Canada, Mexico, and the United States," examines four different parks in two regions: Waterton Lakes and Glacier in the northern Rocky Mountains of Alberta and Montana, and Big Bend and the Maderas del Carmen in the Chihuahuan Desert of Texas and the northern Mexican state of Coahuila. Dr. Baumgardner teaches courses in American Studies and history.

Research Interests

  • U.S. History
  • Borderlands
  • Environmental History (including the development of state and national park systems)

Honors and Awards