Robert Chester

lecturer, history department

Robert Chester is an environmental historian of the United States whose research focuses on the largest silver strike in American history. He is currently working on Comstock Creations: An Environmental History of an Industrial Watershed, a book exploring how nature actively shaped, and was transformed by, the rise of corporations, unions, industrialization and the pro-development policies implemented by the Republican Party during the Civil War and Reconstruction. Chester teaches American environmental and cultural history, energy history, California history and the history of antebellum America.