Dr. David Vail

Assistant Professor, Environmental and Agricultural History, Science & Technology, Great Plains

Office: COPH 103L   |    Phone: (308) 865-8509   |    Email: vaildd@unk.edu

David Vail


David Vail is an assistant professor of history at UNK. He grew up in Southern Oregon's Rogue Valley and spent much of his youth exploring the state's mountains and wilderness areas. He holds a BA from Southern Oregon University, an MA from Utah State University, and a PhD  from Kansas State University. Dr. Vail’s specializations include Environmental and Agricultural History, Science and Technology, the Great Plains, and Public History. He has published articles in academic journals such as Kansas History, Endeavour (History of Science), and Middle West Review. Dr. Vail’s forthcoming book (Spring 2018), Chemical Lands: Pesticides, Aerial Spraying, and Health in North America's Grasslands Since 1945, is an environmental-agricultural-technological history of aerial pesticide application, agricultural science and food production in North America’s grasslands. 

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History Courses

HIST 801: "America Interpreted" 

HIST 848: "History of Science and Technology" 

HIST 848: "Environmental History"

HIST 250: "United States History to 1865" 

HIST 251: "United States History since 1865" 

Public History Courses

HIST 848: "Public History"

HIST 848: "Special Collections and Archives"

HIST 848: "Heritage Tourism"

HIST 848: "Oral History"