Sarah S. Elkind

Sarah S. Elkind

Professor Emerita
Email: [email protected]

Sarah S. Elkind (University of Michigan, 1994) teaches environmental, political, urban and public history, and runs SDSU's public history internship program. She curated "Sunshine and Superheroes" for the Oakland Museum of California in 2014.  This student-designed exhibit used ComicCon to examine  San Diego's tourism industry and American popular culture. In 2011, she published How Local Politics Shape Federal Policy:  Business, Power and the Environment in Twentieth Century Los Angeles.  This study of oil drilling, beaches, air pollution, flooding and water resources development in Southern California explains how business groups secured their influence in Los Angeles politics, and how local priorities drove federal policy in the mid-twentieth century.  Her other works include Bay Cities and Water Politics: The Battle for Resources in Boston and Oakland (Kansas, 1998) which won the Abel Wolman prize for best book in public works history in 1998; and Public Works and Public Health: Reflections on Urban Politics and Environment, 1880-1925 (Public Works Historical Society, 1999).   She is currently researching the evolution of national identity in Europe and the United States in two comparative studies, one considering American and Spanish water resources development, and  another probing cowboys and Vikings in American and Danish popular history and museums.


Elkind, Sarah S.
How Local Politics Shape Federal Policy: Business, Power, and the Environment in Twentieth-Century Los Angeles

Articles and Chapters

Elkind, Sarah. 2016. “Extracting Property Values and Oil: Los Angeles’s Petroleum Booms and the Definition of Urban Space.” Jahrbuch für Wirtschaftsgeschichte /Economic History Yearbook 57:1.