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Dr. Mark Chambers


Chambers Photo Phone Number: (631) 632-7470

Office: SBS S-235

I earned my Ph.D. from Stony Brook University in environmental history where I teach and write about American environments, technologies and health. My classes include surveys and seminars in Environmental History, African American history, United States history, and the history of science, technology, and medicine along the color line. My forthcoming book, based on my dissertation is entitled, Gray Gold: Lead Mining and Its Impact on the Natural and Cultural Environment, 1720 to 1840 , examines cross-cultural exchanges of knowledge and technology between Native American, European, African, and African American peoples in North Americas’  middle Mississippi Valley since the early eighteenth century, and exemplifies how my training combines scientific and technological knowledge with narrative and story-telling. More recently as climate change accelerates, and with recent changes in federal policy that threaten to deny scientists the facts they need to understand the challenges to investigate solutions, and tired of sitting on the sidelines hoping for change, I became involved with the Environmental Data and Governance Initiative (EDGI). Along with a team of national and international researchers and academics, who have compiled interviews with current and recent EPA staff and Environmental Justice (EJ) activists, I have been involved in coding interview transcripts according to themes such as changes under Trump, EPA staff issues to ensure that all discussions, mentions, and engagements with EJ were captured and accounted for in the coded material. We situate our research within critical Environmental Justice studies and literature on accountability. Centered on interviews, which show how pressure from within the EPA, as well as external to the agency countered the lack of top-down systems, we conclude that the development of accountability systems are critical to establish for all EPA Environmental Justice (EJ) activities. As a result of our collaborations we recently published the article “The Problem of Accountability: Environmental Justice and the Trump Administration” in Environmental Justice Since 2009, I have been an active member of the teaching staff of AIM/EOP teaching AFS 102 Themes in the Black Experience. The five-week summer program of intense academics, and all EOP/AIM students are expected to earn a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.0 during the summer program. The program provides a richly rewarding academic experience for participants. The courses of study are Mathematics, Science, Writing, and Africana Studies.