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Professor (Ph.D., Yale University, 1992; M.D., University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill Medical School, 1992)

Curriculum vitae

Office: SBS N-301A


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

I'm an American environmental and health historian whose work has concentrated not so much on obviously natural places as on those places where historically, nature has been harder to see: in factories and firms, cities and suburbs, even in our own bodies. The first part of my career I studied the histories of industrialization and of institutional bulwarks such as medicine and the corporation; more recently I've also taken up questions about sub/urbanization, globalization, and inequality. All the while, I've also sought to illuminate experiences, movements, expertise and politics that were or became more identifiably "environmental" in character. While initially I concentrated on the United States, more and more of my work over the last decade and a half has sought to situate American experiences alongside others beyond our borders, most notably in Mexico. Among my recent extracurricular activities, I'm helping found a new History of Environment and Health Network (HEHN) and serve on the Steering Committee of the Center for Working Class Studies.

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