On leave, 2020-21
Professor (Ph.D., Yale University, 1992; M.D., University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill Medical School, 1992)
Office: SBS N-301A
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 Institute for Historical Studies (University of Texas-Austin) in 2020–2021, I am writing up my latest departure, Clouds over Petropolis, an in-depth comparative and transnational study of the history of cities born of the petrochemical industry in Mexico and the United States, focused on the interaction between their toxic and climatory hazards. I led the founding of the History of Environment and Health Network (HEHN) and H-EnviroHealth , which I co-edit, and from 2016, was a co-founder and co-moderator of the Environmental Data and Governance Initiative, an influential network of scholar- and scientist-activists.