Jared Orsi, is associate professor of history at Colorado State University, specializing in environmental and borderlands history. A graduate of the University of California at Davis, he holds an M.A. from Northwestern University and a doctorate from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. At CSU he teaches U.S. and Mexican history and serves as on the Faculty Council of CSU’s Public Lands History Center. In 2003 he won the College of Liberal Arts’s Excellence in Teaching Award and in 2012 the CSU Alumni Association’s Best Teacher Award. Jared’s favorite class is a summer field course, in which he and the students spend a week following Zebulon Pike’s 1806-1807 route across Colorado. He is the author of the prize-winning Hazardous Metropolis: Flooding and Urban Ecology in Los Angeles (University of California Press, 2004) and Citizen Explorer: The Life of Zebulon Pike (Oxford, 2014, as well as numerous articles and book chapters. In 2008-2009, he was the Ray Allen Billington Distinguished Visiting Professor at Occidental College and the Huntington Library. Currently he is writing an environmental history of Quitobaquito Springs at Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument. National Park enthusiasts, check out the website he and his capstone seminar students created, http://www.organpipehistory.com.
Jared is grateful for many blessings: for his wife Becky, daughter Renata, and son Carlos, for camping, hiking, and snowshoeing with family and friends in the Colorado mountains, for Kirk Gibson’s 1988 homerun, for American freedom and democracy, for good country music, for great colleagues, and for the opportunity to teach at Colorado State University. He worships at Mary of Magdala Ecumenical Catholic Community and serves as the president of the board of directors of the Theologian in Residence Program, a local non-profit organization that seeks to put theology in dialogue with the world by engaging university and faith communities in mutually beneficial conversations. This year, he hopes for good health, productivity, and joy and wishes the same for you.