Peter A. Kopp, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Director of Public History


Office Hours:

By appointment (Breland 244)

Education: Ph.D., University of Nevada, 2012

Kopp CV

Research and Teaching Interests:  Environmental History; North American West; Public History and Museum Studies, Nineteenth and Twentieth Century U.S. in Global and Transnational Contexts

Bio: Dr. Kopp joined the NMSU history department in August of 2012 as Assistant Professor and Director of the Public History Program. His book, Hoptopia: A World of Agriculture and Beer in Oregon’s Willamette Valley (University of California Press, 2016) won the American Historical Association’s Pacific Coast Branch Book Award (2017) for “first book by a scholar who resides within the states and provinces from which the Branch draws its membership.” The work argues that the Craft Beer Revolution of the late-twentieth century was the product of a complex global history that converged in the hop fields and scientific research centers of the Pacific Northwest. Dr. Kopp has also written articles and developed public history projects on tourism in the American West, the built environment in the Southwest borderlands, and the “green” activism of the Grateful Dead. Currently, he is preparing a book manuscript on Fabián García, the “Father of New Mexico Chile.” Kopp is also co-director of the Murals of Las Cruces Project that documents, preserves, and showcases public murals. For more on that project, please see our website, Facebook page, or our recent blog entry at History@Work.

Selected Publications:

Hoptopia Cover Pic, Kopp

Hoptopia: A World of Agriculture and Beer in Oregon’s Willamette Valley

(University of California Press, 2016)


HIST 202: Introduction Recent American History

HIST 313/511: Making the American West

HIST 315/518: From the Wild West to the Atomic West

HIST 397: Introduction to Public History

HIST 398: Historians and History

HIST 400/500: Museums of North America

HIST 401/508: Environmental History

HIST 545: History of the National Park Service

HIST 594: Public History Seminar

HIST 592: Nature and Society Seminar