Michael Gunther

Dr. Michael G. Gunther

Assistant Professor of History

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Michael G. Gunther, Ph.D. was raised in Lake George, a tourist destination in upstate New York known for its connections to the French and Indian War and the American Revolution. From an early love of history, Gunther developed a teaching philosophy centered on discussion of maps, images and other primary sources in the classroom. His research examines the impact of wars on the environment (and vice versa) in eighteenth-century America. Gunther teaches that our encounters with sources can drive us to ask hard questions about how humans shape and are shaped by history, and that unpeeling the layers of human interactions with the land can bring history to life.


  • Doctorate – history – Lehigh University
  • Master’s – history – University of Scranton
  • Bachelor’s – history – Ithaca College

Academic Interests

  • The American Revolution
  • Environmental history
  • Military history
  • Frontiers and borderlands
  • Colonial New York and New England


  • Joseph A. Dowling Dissertation Prize
  • David Library of the American Revolution, Research Fellowship
  • Huntington Library, Fletcher Jones Foundation Fellowship
  • New York State Library, Cunningham Research Residency

Professional Affiliations

  • American Historical Association
  • Georgia Association of Historians
  • American Society for Environmental History
  • Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture
  • Society for Historians of the Early American Republic