Graduate Student Bios

Sam Hege is a doctoral candidate studying the history of environmental justice, industrial agriculture, and political economy in the American West. His dissertation, tentatively titled: "'The Winds of Money': Integrating the Histories of Racial Capitalism and Resource Extractivism in the Texas Panhandle, 1900-1980," examines the overlapping histories of groundwater extraction, agricultural development, and labor and civil rights organizing in West Texas. He completed his B.A. at UNC-Chapel Hill in 2011, an MSc at Edinburgh University in 2013, and an MA in Global and Comparative History at Rutgers in 2016.