Welcome! I'm Sean Cox from Bar Harbor, ME. I am currently a Ph.D. student at the University of New Brunswick in Fredericton. I recently received my MA in History from University of Maine in 2020, with the thesis Making Vacationland: The Modern Automobility and Tourism Borderlands of Maine and New Brunswick, 1875-1939.
My research interests include North American environmental history, particularly related to the National Parks, public lands, infrastructure, and eco-tourism mobility. My seasons as an Interpretive Park Ranger in Acadia National Park inspired me to delve into its founding father, motivations, and the methods behind the park's creation.
My current work focuses on the environmental and transportation history of New England and the Canadian Maritimes from the late 19th century to pre-WWII. The transitionary era of rails to roads, coaches to cars, and the revolution of travel for these developing pleasure peripheries, provide insight into the birth of modern North American infrastructure and societal expectations of nature on vacation.
Making Vacationland: The Modern Automobility and Tourism Borderlands
of Maine and New Brunswick, 1875-1939
University of Maine (2020)
Acadia National Park and the Efforts of George Bucknam Dorr: How the Preservation Frontier Moved East and the Challenges for Acadia's Second Century
University of Maine (2015)