Environmental Studies

Environmental Studies


Interviews with scholars of the environment about their new books.

Sara J. Grossman, "Immeasurable Weather: Meteorological Data and Settler Colonialism from 1820 to Hurricane Sandy" (Duke UP, 2023)

February 28, 2024

Immeasurable Weather

Sara J. Grossman

In Immeasurable Weather: Meteorological Data and Settler Colonialism from 1820 to Hurricane Sandy (Duke UP, 2023), Sara J. Grossman explores how envir…

The Taste of Water: A Conversation with Christy Spackman

February 27, 2024

The Taste of Water

Christy Spackman
Hosted by Lee Vinsel

After WAY too long a hiatus, Peoples & Things is back! GET EXCITED!! In this episode, host Lee Vinsel interviews Christy Spackman, Assistant Professor…

James S. Damico and Mark C. Baildon, "How to Confront Climate Denial: Literacy, Social Studies, and Climate Change" (Teachers College Press, 2022)

February 13, 2024

How to Confront Climate Denial

James S. Damico and Mark C. Baildon
Hosted by Madden Gilhooly

Climate change and climate denial have remained largely off the radar in literacy and social studies education in the United States. How to Confront C…

Rob Percival, "The Meat Paradox: Eating, Empathy, and the Future of Meat" (Pegasus, 2022)

February 12, 2024

The Meat Paradox

Rob Percival
Hosted by Caleb Zakarin

Our future diet will be shaped by diverse forces. It will be shaped by novel technologies, by geopolitical tensions, and the evolution of cultural pre…

Daniel Capper, "Roaming Free Like a Deer: Buddhism and the Natural World" (Cornell UP, 2022)

February 5, 2024

Roaming Free Like a Deer

Daniel Capper

Daniel Capper's book Roaming Free Like a Deer: Buddhism and the Natural World (Cornell UP, 2022) delves into ecological experiences in seven Buddhist …

Ross S. Purves et al., "Unlocking Environmental Narratives: Towards Understanding Human Environment Interactions Through Computational Text Analysis" (Ubiquity Press, 2022)

February 3, 2024

Unlocking Environmental Narratives

Ross S. Purves, Olga Koblet, and Benjamin Adams
Hosted by Luca Scholz

Environmental narratives – written texts with a focus on the environment – offer rich material capturing relationships between people and their surrou…

Greg Ellermann, "Thought's Wilderness: Romanticism and the Apprehension of Nature" (Stanford UP, 2022)

February 3, 2024

Thought's Wilderness

Greg Ellermann
Hosted by Gargi Binju

While much recent ecocriticism has questioned the value of nature as a concept, Thought's Wilderness: Romanticism and the Apprehension of Nature (Stan…

The Good Fire: Theology of Stewardship & Controlled Burning (with Peter Hess)

February 1, 2024

The Good Fire

Peter Hess

Peter Hess (Ph.D, FFT2) is a theologian, an environmental scientist, a wildland fire practitioner, and firefighter type two. I ask Peter about this wo…

Marco Armiero et al., "Mussolini's Nature: An Environmental History of Italian Fascism" (MIT Press, 2022)

January 30, 2024

Mussolini's Nature

Marco Armiero, Roberta Biasillo, and Wilko Graf Von Hardenberg
Hosted by Ari Barbalat

In this first environmental history of Italian fascism, Marco Armiero, Roberta Biasillo, and Wilko Graf von Hardenberg reveal that nature and fascist …

Charlotte Coté, "A Drum in One Hand, a Sockeye in the Other: Stories of Indigenous Food Sovereignty from the Northwest Coast" (U Washington Press, 2022)

January 30, 2024

A Drum in One Hand, a Sockeye in the Other

Charlotte Coté
Hosted by Stephen Hausmann

Food is at the center of everything, writes University of Washington professor of American Indian Studies Charlotte Coté. In A Drum in One Hand, A Soc…

Loka Ashwood et al., "Empty Fields, Empty Promises: A State-By-State Guide to Understanding and Transforming the Right to Farm" (UNC Press, 2023)

January 24, 2024

Empty Fields, Empty Promises

Loka Ashwood, Danielle Diamond, Allen Franco, Aimee Imlay, and Lindsay Kuehn
Hosted by Garrett Broad

Since the late 1970s, Right to Farm Laws have been adopted by states across the US to limit nuisance lawsuits against farmers engaged in standard agri…

Jared D. Margulies, "The Cactus Hunters: Desire and Extinction in the Illicit Succulent Trade" (U Minnesota Press, 2023)

January 24, 2024

The Cactus Hunters

Jared D. Margulies

Cacti and succulents are phenomenally popular worldwide among plant enthusiasts, despite being among the world's most threatened species. The fervor d…

Pete Barbrook-Johnson and Alexandra S. Penn, "Systems Mapping: How to Build and Use Causal Models of Systems" (Palgrave MacMillan, 2022)

January 20, 2024

Systems Mapping

Pete Barbrook-Johnson and Alexandra S. Penn
Hosted by Kevin Lindsay

There is a growing need across social, environmental, and policy challenges for richer, more nuanced, yet actionable and participatory understanding o…

Neall W. Pogue, "The Nature of the Religious Right: The Struggle between Conservative Evangelicals and the Environmental Movement" (Cornell UP, 2022)

January 18, 2024

The Nature of the Religious Right

Neall W. Pogue
Hosted by Meghan Cochran

How does the Bible instruct humans to interact with the Earth? Over the last few decades, white conservative evangelical Christians have increasingly …

Patricia Strach and Kathleen S. Sullivan, "The Politics of Trash: How Governments Used Corruption to Clean Cities, 1890–1929" (Cornell UP, 2023)

January 18, 2024

The Politics of Trash

Patricia Strach and Kathleen S. Sullivan
Hosted by Lilly Goren

Political Scientists Patricia Strach (The University at Albany, State University of New York) and Kathleen S. Sullivan (Ohio University) have written …

Gustav Cederlof, "The Low-Carbon Contradiction: Energy Transition, Geopolitics, and the Infrastructural State in Cuba" (U California Press, 2023)

January 15, 2024

The Low-Carbon Contradiction

Gustav Cederlof
Hosted by Miranda Melcher

In the pursuit of socialism, Cuba became Latin America’s most oil-dependent economy. When the Soviet Union collapsed, the country lost 86 percent of i…

Dana R. Fisher, "Saving Ourselves: From Climate Shocks to Climate Action" (Columbia UP, 2024)

January 15, 2024

Saving Ourselves

Dana R. Fisher
Hosted by Patricia Houser

We've known for decades that climate change is an existential crisis. For just as long, we've seen the complete failure of our institutions to rise to…

Robert Michael Morrissey, "People of the Ecotone: Environment and Indigenous Power at the Center of Early America" (U Washington Press, 2022)

January 10, 2024

People of the Ecotone

Robert Michael Morrissey
Hosted by Stephen Hausmann

By putting the Midwest at the center of Vast Early America, University of Illinois historian Robert Morrissey reconfigures the power dynamics in the s…

Jennifer Thomson, "The Wild and the Toxic: American Environmentalism and the Politics of Health" (UNC Press, 2019)

January 10, 2024

The Wild and the Toxic

Jennifer Thomson
Hosted by Brian Hamilton

The first wealth is health, according to Emerson. Among health’s riches is its political potential. Few know this better than environmentalists. In he…

Melanie Joy, "How to End Injustice Everywhere: Understanding the Common Denominator Driving All Injustices, to Create a Better World for Humans, Animals, and the Planet" (Lantern, 2023)

January 8, 2024

How to End Injustice Everywhere

Melanie Joy
Hosted by Kyle Johannsen

In this eye-opening and compelling work, psychologist Melanie Joy reveals the common denominator driving all forms of injustice. The mentality that dr…