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Robert D. Lifset

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Dr. Robert D. Lifset

Location: Boren Hall 152
Phone: 405.325.2594


  • Ph.D., M.Phil., M.A., History, Columbia University
  • A.B., History with Honors, The University of Chicago

Robert Lifset's research and teaching interests focus on energy history broadly defined. This includes the business, policy, political, environmental, social and cultural history of energy with a focus, though not exclusive, on the United States in the 20th century. His books include Power on the Hudson, Storm King Mountain and The Emergence of Modern American Environmentalism (2014) and American Energy Policy in the 1970s (2014). Lifset is currently researching a history of the energy crisis of the 1970s. 

Robert Lifset is also the founding web and list editor of H-Energy (, an online, interdisciplinary website devoted to the study of energy history. Before joining the Honors College, Professor Lifset taught at Barnard, Columbia, the University of North Florida and the University of Houston.

Research Interests

  • Energy History
  • Environmental History
  • Modern U.S. History

Courses Taught

  • HON 2973 Energy in U.S. History
  • HON 2973 The Atom in the American Experience
  • HON 3993 Oil in World History
  • HON 3993 Petroleum Cinema
  • HON 3993 America in the 1970s