Amy   M.  Hay

Associate Professor  

Office: ELABS 343B
Phone: (956) 665-5366

Dr. Amy M. Hay

Amy M. Hay is an Associate Professor of History. She started at UPTA in 2006. Along with the US History survey, she teaches 20th-century America, Women's Activism since 1848, Public Health in the Americas, and American Environmental History. Her research interests focus on public health and environmental activism. Her current research examines global protests against Agent Orange herbicides. Aside from teaching and writing history, she enjoys voting, reading science fiction and fantasy, traveling, and observing people.

Selected Publications

  • Amy Hay. Now I try to live my feminist politics in bed as well as elsewhere. Nursing Clio, May 2018.

  • Amy Hay. Book Review - Fake Silk: The Lethal History of Viscose Rayon. H-Environment, H-Net Reviews, January (1st Quarter/Winter) 2018.

  • Amy Hay, Dawn Biehler, and Davis Frederick. Book Review - Silent Spring: A Roundtable Review. H-EnviroHealth, H-Net , December 2017.

  • Amy Hay. Book Review - Love Canal: A Toxic History from Colonial Times to the Present. Journal of American History, 104, no. 2 (September 2017) September 2017: 2.

  • Amy Hay and Lisa Fine. Lead Poisoning is Devastating Flint: It's Time to Listen to the Women. Ms.Magazine - Blog. January (1st Quarter/Winter) 2016.

  • Amy Hay. "Everyone's Backyard: The Love Canal Chemical Disaster," History Now Vol. 40, (September 2014): online@

  • Amy Hay. The Origins of Ecocide. Seeing the Woods. Rachel Carson Center for Environment & Society, April (2nd Quarter/Spring) 2013.

  • Amy Hay. "Dispelling the ‘Bitter Fog’: Fighting Chemical Defoliation in the American West," Endeavor 36, no. 4 (December 2012): 174-185.

  • Amy Hay. "Dow Chemical vs. ‘Coercive Utopians’: Constructing the Contested Ground of Science and Government Regulation in 1970s America," Business and Economic History On-Line 9, (2011): @

  • Amy Hay. "A Kind of Mylai . . . Against the Indochinese Countryside : American Scientists, Herbicides, and South Vietnamese Mangrove Forests," The Mekong Delta: Environmental Change and Agricultural Sustainability. New York, New York: Springer, May 2011: 69-82.

Selected Grants and Fellowships

  • Amy Hay. Behemoth of a Storm: Hurricane Beulah and the Rio Grande Valley, UTRGV Office of Global Engagement, $1,500.00 (August 2017 - September 2017)

  • Amy Hay. Behemoth of a Storm: Hurricane Beulah and the Rio Grande Valley, Summerlee Foundation, $5,000.00 (June 2017 - September 2017)

  • Amy Hay. International Center for Sustainability Across Curriculum Conference. , UTRGV Office of Global Engagement, $2,000.00 (May 19, 2017 - May 20, 2017)

  • Amy Hay. Carson Fellow, Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society, $55,000.00 (January 2012 - December 2012)

  • Amy Hay. Summer Fellowship, Chemical Heritage Foundation, $5,000.00 (June 2009 - August 2009)

  • Amy Hay. Course Development Grant, University of Texas – Pan American, ( 2008)

  • Amy Hay. Oral History Institute Fellowship, Kenyon College, (June 2008)

  • Amy Hay. Merit Completion Fellowship, College of Arts and Letters, ( 2004)

  • Amy Hay. Harry Brown Graduate Fellowship in American History, Department of History, ( 2003)

Selected Presentations

  • Amy Hay. "The Art of Protest: Radical Hope Envisioned and Embodied," Stories, Myths, and Art to Envision a Change, International Conference on Environmental Humanities, Alcalá de Henares, Spain (July 2018)

  • Amy Hay. "The War on Drugs: The Phenoxy Herbicides and the Counterculture," Annual Conference, American Society for Environmental History, Riverside, CA USA (March 2018)

  • Amy Hay. "The Art of Protest: Visual Texts and Environmental Protest," Radical Hope Workshop, Rachel Carson Center for Environment & Society, Munich, Germany (July 2017)

  • Amy Hay. "Making the Magic Valley: Water, Wealth, and Health," Nature in Between, European Society for Environmental History, Zagreb, Croatia (July 2017)

  • Amy Hay. "Toxic Actions: Women and Water in A Civil Action and Erin Brockovich," Difficult Conversations - The 17th Berkshire Conference on Women, Gender, and Sexualities 2017, The Berkshire Conference of Women Historians, Hofstra University, Long Island, New York (June 2017)

  • Amy Hay. ""A Report to the Consumer: Ida Honorof and Environmental Activism"," Annual Conference, American Society for Environmental History, Chicago, Illinois (March 2017)

  • Amy Hay. "Migrant Workers, Winter Texans: Migrant Agricultural Workers and Winter Medical Migrants," 2nd Biennial Conference, Latina/o Studies Association, Pasadena, California (July 2016)

  • Amy Hay. "Migrant Workers, Medical Migrants: Healthy Environments in the Rio Grande Valley," 89th Annual Meeting, American Association for the History of Medicine, Minneapolis, Minnesota (May 2016)

  • Stefanie Herweck, Amy Hay, and Ian Werkheiser. Panel Discussion on Pope Francis' Environmental Encyclical Laudato Si, UTRGV Environmental Studies Program, UTRGV Edinburg Campus (April 2016)

  • Amy Hay. "GI Guinea Pigs: Veterans Protest Agent Orange," A Medical History of the Vietnam War Symposium, Vietnam Center and Archive, Texas Tech University, San Antonio, Texas (March 2016)

Current Courses

HIST 1302 01 - U.S. History II:
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UNIV 6100 06 - Comp Exam Ext:
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HIST 3325 01 - Twentieth Century America:
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ENST 1301 01 - Intro to ENST:
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HIST 7301 02 - Thesis II:
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Previous Courses