Amy   M.  Hay

Associate Professor  

Office: ELABS 343B
Phone: (956) 665-5366
Email: amy.hay@utrgv.edu

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. "War and Peace: The Phenoxy Herbicides," Hazardous Chemicals: Agents of Risk and Change (1800-2000). New York : Berghahn Books, August 2019: 328-353.

  • Amy Hay. Book Review - Rubber and the Making of Vietnam: An Ecological History, 187-1975. H-Net Roundtable Review, 9, no. 2 April (2nd Quarter/Spring) 2019: online.

  • Amy Hay. Book Review - The Myth of Silent Spring: Rethinking the Origins of American Environmentalism . Journal of American History, 105, no. 4 March 2019: 984-985.

  • Amy Hay. Book Review - Chemical Lands: Pesticides, Aerial Spraying, and Health in North America's Grasslands since 1945. Journal of Technology & Culture, 59, no. 4 October (4th Quarter/Autumn) 2018: 992-993.

  • 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.

  • Lisa Sideris and Amy Hay. Rachel Carson. Oxford Bibliographies in Environmental Science. November 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.



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. "Roundtable: "Show and Tell: Visual History, Graphic History, and Global History"," 3rd World Congress of Environmental History, 3rd World Congress of Environmental History, Florianopolis, Brazil (July 2019)

  • Amy Hay. ""The Origins of Ecocide: The Phenoxy Herbicides and the Defoliation of South Vietnam"," Irregular Ecologies, Smith College & Rachel Carson Center, Florianopolis, Brazil (July 2019)

  • Amy Hay. "Book Roundtable: "Chemical Lands by David Vail"," Agricultural History Society Annual Meeting, Agricultural History Society, Washington D.C. (June 2019)

  • Amy Hay. "Roundtable: "Forces of Change: Recovering the Origins of American Environmentalism"," American Society for Environmental History Annual Conference, American Society for Environmental History, Columbus, Ohio, US (April 2019)

  • Amy Hay. ""His- and Herlands: Gendered Male Space in Nature and Environmental History"," Placing Gender, LaTrobe and Monash Universities & the Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society, Melbourne, Australia (December 2018)

  • Amy Hay. "‘Weed Killers’: Chemical Warfare in Vietnam,," Society for the History of Technology Annual Conference, Society for the History of Technology (SHOT), St. Louis, Missouri, US (October 2018)

  • 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," American Society for Environmental History 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)

Current Courses

ENST 1301 01 - Intro to ENST:
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HIST 3325 01 - Twentieth Century America:
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HIST 7301 06 - Thesis II:
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UNIV 6100 09 - Comp Exam Ext:
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HIST 1302 01 - U.S. History II:
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