William P. Philpott

Associate Professor

Professional Biography

I'm an associate professor of history at the University of Denver, specializing in environmental, suburban, western, and twentieth-century U.S. history. Before coming to DU, I taught for several years at Illinois State University. My recent (2013) book, Vacationland: Tourism and Environment in the Colorado High Country, uses the case of Colorado to explore how post-World War II tourist development reoriented American landscapes, lifestyles, and environmental politics. I have also begun work on my next book, a comprehensive environmental history of the Denver metropolitan area. I'm the author of The Lessons of Leadville; or, Why the Western Federation of Miners Turned Left, and co-author and co-editor of a forthcoming guide to the historic built landscapes of Wisconsin. I earned my B.A. from Williams College in 1992 and my Ph.D. in history from the University of Wisconsin–Madison in 2002.


  • Ph.D., U.S. History, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2002
  • MA, U.S. History, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1994
  • BA, History, Williams College, 1992