Andy Kirk

Professor

Biography

Andrew Kirk’s research and teaching focus on the intersections of cultural and environmental history in the modern U.S. with a special interest in the American West. Multidisciplinary interests shaped UNLV’s public history program. He specializes in innovative cooperative federal and regional research partnerships. Current projects include: an eight-year partnership with the National Park Service to research the historic and cultural resources of Western National Parks, The Nevada Test Site Oral history Project, and the Autry National Center Fellowship that tracks graduate students through a special material culture program culminating with a research residency at the Autry National Center in L.A. He also founded Preserve Nevada a statewide cultural research and preservation group. Preserve Nevada’s unique research and advocacy efforts linking cultural preservation and environmental sustainability have been featured in publications like; The New York Times, San Francisco Chronicle, Preservation Magazine, Public History News, Docomomo-US, Preservation Forum, and The Chicago Tribune. 

Expert Areas

  • Public History & Historic Preservation
  • Environmental History
  • Western History