Heather Hoag, PhD, specializes in African environmental history with an emphasis in river history, hydropower development, and development planning. Her teaching interests include African history (with a specialization in the colonial period), history of South Africa, environmental history, and food history.
Professor Hoag's research has focused on the changing values of African rivers. Her book, Developing the Rivers of East and West Africa: An Environmental History, examines from a comparative perspective the role of rivers in former British colonies. Her current project explores the history of marine fisheries in West Africa. From 2008-2017, she served as an editor-in-chief of the International Water History Association's journal, Water History.
Since her arrival at USF, Prof. Hoag has been active in USF's African, Environmental Studies, and International Studies programs.
- PhD, History, Boston University, 2003
- African environmental history with an emphasis in river history, hydropower development, technology, and development planning
- Changing values of African rivers
- Africa's marine fisheries
- Selected Publications
- Hoag, H. (2013). Developing the Rivers of East and West Africa: An Environmental History. New York: Bloomsbury Publishing.