Environmental Studies Program
Department Chair:
Md Rumi Shammin

Administrative Assistant:
Rosalind Soltow

Department Email:

Phone: 440 7758747
Fax: 440 7758946

A.J. Lewis Center for Environmental Studies
122 Elm Street
Oberlin, OH, 44074

Office Hours: 8:30 - 4:30 PM

Sam White

Sam White

Assistant Professor of History

Contact Information


Rice Hall 303
(440) 775-8337

Educational Background

  • MA, Modern History and Middle East Studies, University of St. Andrews, 2002
  • PhD, History, Columbia University, 2008

Sam White teaches global and environmental history, including courses on food, animals, and climate in  history.  His research focuses on historical climate changes, particularly the reconstruction and human impacts of the "Little Ice Age."  He is the author of various articles and chapters, and the monograph The Climate of Rebellion in the Early Modern Ottoman Empire (Cambridge University Press, 2011), which won the Middle East Studies Association Albert Hourani Prize for the best book in Middle East studies.  He is currently working on the influence of climate in the early European exploration and settlement of the Americas.