Michael Childers, PhD.

Assistant Professor


Fields of Expertise


Areas of Interest

Environmental History, American West, Public Lands


Dr. Childers is an Assistant Professor in the History Department at Colorado State specializing in the modern American West and the environment – interests he developed while growing up in Colorado’s Fraser Valley. Located along the Continental Divide, the valley arguably one of the coldest places in the lower 48, a point of pride among its longtime residents. Beyond suffering subfreezing temperatures, Childers spent much of his childhood exploring the valley’s peaks, challenging the local library to keep up with his reading habit, and skiing. The combination of which led him to Western State College where he majored in history and hard work. He then attended Colorado State University, earning a masters degree in European history. (His current office was his advisor Ken Rock’s at the time). After bumming around the state for seven years, Childers made his way to the University of Las Vegas. Completing his PhD in American History in 2010, he has since taught at Northern Arizona University, the University of Northern Iowa, and now at CSU.