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R. Douglas Hurt

R. Douglas Hurt

Professor // History

Office and Contact

Room: UNIV 023

Office hours: By appointment.


Phone: (765) 494-6757

Fax: (765) 496-1755


HIST 380 History of United States Agriculture

HIST 395 Famine in World History

Ph.D. Kansas State University, 1975


U.S. History; American Agricultural, Rural, West, Midwest and South

Professor Hurt received his Ph.D. from Kansas State University. He came to Purdue in 2003 as Department Head for the Department of History. Prior service included Director of the Graduate Program in Agricultural History and Rural Studies at Iowa State University for fourteen years and Associate Director for the State Historical Society of Missouri. He has served as editor for Agricultural History from 1994-2003 and editor for Ohio History from 2006-2009.

List of Publications


A Companion to American Agricultural History (Wiley Blackwell, 2022)




 Agriculture in the Midwest, 1815-1900 (University of Nebraska Press, 2023)




A Companion to American Agricultural History (Wiley Blackwell, 2022)




 A Companion to American Agricultural History (Wiley Blackwell, 2022)




Hurt-Green Revolution



 The Green Revolution in the Global South:  Science, Politics, and Unintended Consequences (University of Alabama Press, 2020)




Hurt book - Dust Bowl




 Documents of the Dust Bowl (ABC-Clio, 2019)







 Food and Agriculture during the Civil War (Praeger, 2016)





 Agriculture and the Confederacy (The University of North Carolina Press, 2015)





The Big Empty


 The Big Empty: The Great Plains in the Twentieth Century (The University of Arizona Press, 2011)







 The Great Plains during World War II (University of Nebraska Press, 2008)




 African American Life in the Rural South, 1900-1950 (University of Missouri Press, 2003, 2011)




 American Agriculture: A Brief History Revised Ed. (Purdue University Press, 2002)







 Problems of Plenty: The American Farmer in the Twentieth Century (Ivan R. Dee, 2002)







 The Indian Frontier, 1763-1846 (University of New Mexico Press, 2002)








 Nathan Boone and the American Frontier (University of Missouri Press, 2000)






 The Rural South Since World War II (Louisiana State University Press, 1998)








 The Rural West Since World War II (University Press of Kansas, 1998)







 American Farms: Exploring Their History (Krieger Publishing, 1996)







 The Ohio Frontier: Crucible of the Old Northwest, 1720-1830 (Indiana University Press, 1996)





 American Agriculture: A Brief History (Iowa State University Press, 1994)



 The History of Agriculture Science and Technology: An International Annotated Bibliography (Garland Publishing, 1994)






 Agriculture and Slavery in Missouri's Little Dixie (University of Missouri Press, 1992)








 Agriculture Technology in the Twentieth Century (Sunflower University Press, 1991)






 Know Your Government: The Department of Agriculture (Chelsea House Publishers, 1989)








 Thomas Hart Benton: Artist Writer and Intellectual (State Historical Society of Missouri, 1989)







 Indian Agriculture in America: Prehistory to the Present (University Press of Kansas, 1987)







 American Farm Tools from Hand-Power to Steam-Power (Sunflower University Press, 1982)








 The Dust Bowl: An Agriculture and Social History (Nelson Hall, 1981)