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CHRIS SELLERS

Professor (Ph.D., Yale University, 1992; M.D., University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill Medical School, 1992); Director, Center for the Study of Inequality and Social Justice


Curriculum vitae

Office: SBS N-301A


Email: christopher.sellers@stonybrook.edu

Interests: U.S. environmental history, medicine and the body, transnational industrial and urban history


My research concentrates on the history of environment and health, of cities and industries, and of inequality and democracy, with a focus on the United States and Mexico. Among my numerous grants, fellowships, and awards are those from the National Science Foundation, the National Humanities Center, and the National Library of Medicine. I began my career studying the environmental and health histories of industrialization and of institutional bulwarks such as medicine and the corporation, which led to works such as Hazards of the Job (1997); (with Christine Rosen) "The Nature of the Firm" (1999); and (edited with Gregg Mitman and Michelle Murphy) Landscapes of Exposure (2003). I then studied the ties between sub/urbanization and those experiences, movements, expertise and politics characterized as "environmental," resulting in Crabgrass Crucible (2012) and a forthcoming book on Atlanta, which also steps back to ask questions about inequality and democracy. At the Wilson Center in 2016–17, I am writing up my latest departure, Toxic Crossings, an in-depth comparative and transnational study of the history of industrial hazards in Mexico and the United States from the twentieth into the twenty-first century. I led the founding of the History of Environment and Health Network (HEHN) and H-EnviroHealth, which I co-edit.

Personal websites: "Suburban Nature" and "Stories of Environmental Danger and Disaster" and "Dangerous Trade"

Twitter: @ChrisCSellers 

Accessible publications (ResearchGate) 
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