Myron Gutmann

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Myron Gutmann

Professor, Departments of History and Sociology

Office Location(s): 1120A Perry Bldg
Phone: 734.615.8400

  • Affiliation(s)
    • History
    • Sociology
    • Institute for Social Research
    • ICPSR
    • Population Studies
  • Fields of Study
    • Historical demography of Europe and America
    • early modern Europe
    • population and environment
    • environmental history
  • About


    Myron Gutmann was trained in the fields of early modern western Europe and historical demography, and has published extensively in European social, economic, and demographic history. Since the 1990s he has devoted an increasing proportion of his time to research on the demographic, social, and environmental history of the western United States. Gutmann's current research projects are a study of the relationships between population, land use, and environment, in the U.S. Great Plains in the 20th Century, and a study of the history of family relationships in the Hispanic population of the U.S.

    Selected Publications:

    War and Rural Life in the Early Modern Low Countries. Princeton: Princeton University Press and Assen, the Netherlands: Van Gorcum & Co., 1980.

    Towards the Modern Economy: Early Industry in Europe, 1500-1800. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1988

    Benedict, P., and M.P. Gutmann, eds. 2006. Early Modern Europe: From Crisis to Stability. University of Delaware Press.

    National Research Council. 2007. Putting People on the Map: Protecting Confidentiality with Linked Social-Spatial Data. Ed. Myron P. Gutmann and Paul Stern. Washington: National Academy Press.

    Gutmann, M.P., W.J. Parton, G. Cunfer, and I.C. Burke. 2005. “Population and Environment in the U.S. Great Plains.” In B. Entwisle and P. Stern, eds., New Research on Population and the Environment. Washington: National Academy Press. Pp. 84-105.

    Van Wey, L., R. Rindfuss, M. P. Gutmann, B. Entwisle, and D. Balk. 2005. “Confidentiality and Spatially Explicit Data: Concerns and Challenges.” Proceedings of the National Academy of Science 102(43): 15337-15342.

    Parton, W.J., M. P. Gutmann, S. A. Williams, M. Easter, and D. Ojima. 2005. “Ecological Impact of Historical Land Use Patterns in the Great Plains: A Methodological Assessment.” Ecological Applications 15:1915-1928.

    Gutmann, M.P., G.D. Deane, N. Lauster, and A. Peri. 2005. “Two Population-Environment Regimes in the Great Plains of the United States, 1930-1990.” Population and Environment 27: 191-225

    Skop, E., B. Gratton and M.P. Gutmann. 2006. “La Frontera and Beyond: Geography and Demography in Mexicano History.” The Professional Geographer. 58:78-98.

    Leonard, S.H., and M.P. Gutmann. 2006. “Isolated Elderly in the U.S. Great Plains: The Roles of Environment and Demography in Creating a Vulnerable Population.” Annales de Démographie Historique, 81-108.

    Leonard, S.H., and M.P. Gutmann. 2006. ‘The farm should provide our retirement:’ Land-use plans in the aging farm population of the U.S. Great Plains. Great Plains Research 16: 181-193.

    Green, A. G., and M.P. Gutmann. 2007. “Building Partnerships Among Social Science Researchers, Institution-based Repositories and Domain Specific Data Archives.” OCLC Systems & Services: International Digital Library Perspectives 23:35-53.

    Current Projects: 

    Population and Environment in the U.S. Great Plains web page:

  • Education
    • Ph.D. Princeton, 1976