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Kim Jarvis

Kim Jarvis


Phone Number: 402.826.6756
Department: History
Office: CON208
Email: [email protected]
Primary Campus: Crete
Credentials: BA, MA, MS, PHD


Dr. Kim Jarvis, Professor of History, grew up in Connecticut. She earned a B.A. in History from the University of Connecticut and a MS in Counseling from Southern Connecticut State University. Dr. Jarvis spent four years working in college admissions in Connecticut, after which she earned a MA and a PhD in History from the University of New Hampshire.  She has been at Doane since 2003 and teaches a range of courses in the History program, including American Environmental History, American Women's History, United States and the Middle East, and The Medieval World, as well as LAR 101, Doane's first year seminar course.

During the 2021-2022 academic year, Dr. Jarvis is serving as the Principal Investigator and Project Director for Doane's Council of Independent Colleges grant. This grant, "Humanities Research for the Public Good: Connecting Independent Colleges with Their Communities: 'The Flora of the Nebraska Tallgrass Prairie: Past and Present'" is in partnership with Spring Creek Prairie Audubon Center (SCPAC) in Denton, NE. In April 2022, Doane and SCPAC will offer a public presentation of Doane students' research that will showcase unique historical materials from Doane's archives comparing the tallgrass prairie during the late nineteenth century to the tallgrass prairie of the early twenty-first century. This grant is generously funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, with supplemental funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Dr. Jarvis's research is in the field of American Environmental History. Her most recent book, From the Mountains to the Sea: Protecting Nature in Post-War New Hampshire (University of Massachusetts Press, 2020) examines three conservation campaigns in New Hampshire after World War II. Her first book, Franconia Notch and the Women Who Saved It (University of New Hampshire Press, 2007) focuses on the 1920s conservation campaign that created Franconia Notch State Park in New Hampshire's White Mountains. Dr. Jarvis's work on gender and the conservation movement is included in A Landscape History of New England (MIT Press, 2011) and in American Wilderness: A New History (Oxford University Press, 2007).

Dr. Jarvis has been awarded the Doane University Student Congress Outstanding Faculty Award, has held the Ardis Butler James Endowed Chair for the Advancement of the Liberal and Fine Arts, and was awarded the Zenon R. Hansen Leadership Award (now the Thomas Doane Outstanding Faculty Award). She currently serves as the Chair of the Social Sciences Division. She is a member of the American Society for Environmental History, the Organization of American Historians, and the New Hampshire Historical Society.