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Chris L. Sellers Professor History College of Arts and Sciences

Contact Information

N-301A Social and Behavioral Scien

Stony Brook, 11794

631/632-1412

Biography

Christopher Sellers is a historian with a long-standing interest in the environmental, cultural, and health history of the 20th-century United States, and the ways this history has compared with that of other parts of the world. His research concentrates on the history of occupational and environmental health, of cities and suburbs, of industrial development and its hazards, and of the environmental movement. Chris is co-editor of Dangerous Trade: Histories of Industrial Hazard across a Globalizing World and is author of Crabgrass Crucible: Suburban Nature and the Rise of Environmentalism in 20th-Century America , as well as a forthcoming history of the lead and petrochemical industries in Texas and Mexico. He is also a trained physician.

Education

  • PhD, Yale University
  • MD, University of North Carolina Medical School
  • Reynolds Fellowship for Foreign Study in 19th and 20th-Century Philosophy, Albert-Ludwigs-Universitat, Germany, 1980-81
  • BA, Dartmouth College

Research Grants

Award Start End Sponsor Type Amount Status
Histories of Industrial Hazard Across a Globalizing World 2007-09-15T00:00:00 2008-02-29T00:00:00 National Science Foundation Federal 24885 Closed
ARRA: The Uneven Development of Industrial Hazards: Lead and Oil in the U.S. versus Mexico, 1930-1990 2009-12-15T00:00:00 2013-09-30T00:00:00 National Science Foundation Federal 260663 Closed

Publications

  1. Author Article Environmental Justice Environmental Justice as a Way of Seeing 2008 1 4 177 - 178
  2. Author Book 2004 7
  3. Author Article Journal of American History The Health of the Country: How American Settlers Understood Themselves and Their Land. By Conevery Bolton Valencius. (New York: Basic Books, 2002. viii, 388 pp. $30.00, isbn 0-465-08986-0.) 2004 90 4 1437
  4. Author Article Osiris Introduction: A Cloud over History 2004 19 1 1 - 17
  5. Author Article Osiris The Artificial Nature of Fluoridated Water: Between Nations, Knowledge, and Material Flows 2004 19 1 182 - 200

Courses

Term Role Course ID Description
Spring 2017 Primary Instructor HIS 699 Dissertation Resrch on Campus
Fall 2017 Primary Instructor HIS 289 Wealth/Inequality in Am Corp
Fall 2017 Primary Instructor HIS 401 Senior Colloquium
Fall 2017 Primary Instructor HIS 581 Supervised Teaching
Fall 2017 Primary Instructor HIS 700 Dissertation off Campus Domest
Spring 2016 Primary Instructor CEG 522 US History Since the Civil War
Spring 2016 Primary Instructor HIS 289 Wealth/Inequality in Am Corp
Spring 2016 Primary Instructor HIS 495 Sr Honors Project in History
Spring 2016 Primary Instructor HIS 522 US History Since the Civil War
Spring 2016 Primary Instructor HIS 699 Dissertation Resrch on Campus
Summer 2016 Primary Instructor HIS 487 Supervised Research
Fall 2016 Primary Instructor HIS 699 Dissertation Resrch on Campus
Spring 2015 Primary Instructor HIS 365 Envirnmntl Hist North America
Spring 2015 Primary Instructor HIS 396 Topics in US History
Spring 2015 Primary Instructor HIS 684 Dirctd Read for Ph.D. Candidat
Spring 2015 Primary Instructor HIS 700 Dissertation off Campus Domest
Fall 2015 Primary Instructor HIS 293 Disease in American History
Fall 2015 Primary Instructor HIS 414 Colloquium in American History
Fall 2015 Primary Instructor HIS 699 Dissertation Resrch on Campus
Spring 2014 Primary Instructor HIS 301 Reading and Writing History
Spring 2014 Primary Instructor HIS 396 Topics in US History
Spring 2014 Primary Instructor HIS 581 Supervised Teaching
Spring 2014 Primary Instructor HIS 684 Dirctd Read for Ph.D. Candidat
Spring 2014 Primary Instructor HIS 699 Dissertation Resrch on Campus
Spring 2014 Primary Instructor HIS 700 Dissertation off Campus Domest
Fall 2014 Primary Instructor HIS 357 Topics in History
Fall 2014 Primary Instructor HIS 368 Wealth and Inequality
Fall 2014 Primary Instructor HIS 581 Supervised Teaching
Fall 2014 Primary Instructor HIS 682 Dirctd Read for Ph.D. Candidat
Fall 2014 Primary Instructor HIS 686 Dirctd Read for Ph.D. Candidat
Fall 2014 Primary Instructor HIS 700 Dissertation off Campus Domest
Fall 2014 Primary Instructor SUS 350 Topics in Sustainability
Fall 2013 Primary Instructor HIS 368 Wealth and Inequality
Fall 2013 Primary Instructor HIS 414 Colloquium in American History
Fall 2013 Primary Instructor HIS 699 Dissertation Resrch on Campus

Scholarly Activities

Activity Title Date
Presentation/Paper at a conference “Dueling Legacies: Local, National and Transnational Impacts of Lead Poisoning in El Paso,” American Society for Environmental History, Madison, Wis. 2012-08
Presentation/Paper at a conference “Benzene’s Passage from Poison to Carcinogen: How Uneven a Progression?,” Conference on “Hazardous Chemicals: Agents of Risk and Change,” Rachel Carson Center, Munich, Germany 2012
Presentation/Paper at a conference “Dueling Legacies: Local, National and Transnational Impacts of Lead Poisoning in El Paso,” Conference on “Historicizing Hazards,” Columbia University 2012
Presentation/Paper at a conference Chair and Comment for Session “Imagining Nature and Nationalism in the Transition to Industrial Modernity,” Annual Meeting of American Studies Association, Baltimore, Md. 2011-12
Presentation/Paper at a conference “What Alice Hamilton Did for Occupational Health,” opening plenary, University of Illinois-Chicago Conference on 100th Anniversary of the Deneen Commission, Chicago 2011-09
Presentation/Paper at a conference "Seeing like WHO: The Global Point of View in Industrial Hazard History"
Presentation/Paper at a conference “Occupation, Environment, and Health: A History of Interdependence”
Presentation/Paper at a conference “Precautionism Towards Industrial Hazards: The Cold War Roots”

Professional Service

Service Title Date
Service on Editorial Boards Environmental Justice (journal) 2011 - 2012
Referee American Journal of Industrial Medicine 2009 - 2010
Referee NSF grant review 2009 - 2010
Service on Editorial Boards of new journal, Environmental Justice 2009 - 2010

University Service

Service Title Date
Departmental Committee Americanist Search Committee, Chair 2011 - 2012
Departmental Committee Strategic Committee 2011 - 2012
Other Organizer, Lecture Series, “Environmental Studies and History,” Stony Brook University 2011 - 2012
College/University Committee Environmental Studies Curriculum committee 2009 - 2010
Departmental Committee Chair, Promotion Committee for Themis Chronopoulos 2009 - 2010
Departmental Committee Graduate Committee 2009 - 2010
Departmental Committee Website Committee 2009 - 2010
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