Jared Farmer is Professor and Chair of Graduate Studies in the Department of History at the University of Pennsylvania. A place-based environmental historian, he studies landscape in all its dimensions, looking for connections between the local, the national, and the planetary.
Prof. Farmer has received fellowships and grants from institutions such as the American Council of Learned Societies, the National Humanities Center, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. His book On Zion’s Mount: Mormons, Indians, and the American Landscape (Harvard University Press, 2008) won the Francis Parkman Prize from the Society of American Historians. In 2014, the Dallas Institute presented him the Hiett Prize in the Humanities; in 2017, the Carnegie Corporation of New York named him an Andrew Carnegie Fellow; and in 2018, the American Academy in Berlin awarded him a Berlin Prize.
His forthcoming book is Survival of the Oldest: Ancient Trees in Modern Times (Basic Books, 2022).
Prof. Farmer shares landscape observations on Instagram @geohumanist.
In collaboration with Penn students, he has begun a new project called “Petrosylvania.”