ADAM
SUNDBERG

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Adam Sundberg graduated with a BA in history from Truman State University in 2007. He received his MA in history from the University of Kansas in 2011 and his PhD from KU in 2015 under the direction of his advisor Dr. Greg Cushman. Dr. Sundberg's work has focused primarily on Dutch environmental history during the early modern period with an added emphasis on the history of climate and nature-induced disaster.

Central to both his research and teaching is his interdisciplinarity. While his environmental focus is primarily cultural in methodology and frequently includes the use of visual arts and material culture, Adam's geographic interests have been more quantitative and cartographic. Adam Sundberg's work with historical GIS have included mapping and analysis of the distribution of herring in the North Sea, the potential impacts of climate change on monarch butterfly overwintering in central Mexico, and an historical reconstruction of female landholdings in south Louisiana.

Adam's teaching is similarly interdisciplinary. He has taught courses on Global History from a European Perspective, the history of cartography (taught with a QGIS lab), Global Environmental History, an introduction to the principles of environmental studies, environmental ethics, and historical methodologies. This fall, Adam will co-instruct the senior seminar for environmental science majors at Creighton University.

Adam received several fellowships and awards including an NSF IGERT (Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship) fellow and a past recipient of a Fulbright grant (2011-2012) to the Netherlands where he worked with Dr. Petra van Dam at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. The culmination of this research was his dissertation, entitled "Floods, Worms, and Cattle Plague: Nature-induced Disaster at the Closing of the Dutch Golden Age, 1672-1765." Dr. Sundberg has also received several internal grants from KU and Creighton University.

Adam is keenly interested in issues of cultural memory, the perception of environmental change and disaster, and the role of historical continuity vs. adaptive response to disasters. He expands on these themes in his manuscript on Dutch disaster, including case studies on dike-eating worm outbreaks, disastrous river and coastal floods, and cattle plague pandemics.

Dr. Sundberg is currently an Assistant Professor of History and Digital Humanities at Creighton University in Omaha, NE.