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Steven Stoll

Steven Stoll

Professor of History
Email: stoll@fordham.edu
Office: Lincoln Center 426F
Phone: 212-636-7345

Education

PhD, Yale University, December 1994 (American History)

M Phil, Yale University, May 1992 (American History)

MA, Yale University, May 1990 (American History)

BA, University of California, Berkeley, Highest Distinction & Highest Honors in History, May 1988

Research Interests

I study the ways people think about resources, capital, and how what we call the economy functions within the larger economy of Earth. I call myself an environmental historian, but my work is related to geography, social ecology, and political theory. Most of my work concerns agrarian societies in North America because I have found that agriculture offers the ideal vantage from which to observe the intersection of ideas and practices, economies and landscapes. My book Ramp Hollow: The Ordeal of Appalachia will be published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux in 2017. It’s about how the people of the southern mountains lost their land and the confrontation between peasant economy and capitalism in the Atlantic World over the last four centuries.

Ramp Hollow: The Ordeal of Appalachia was reviewed by The Washington Monthly.

The New York Times also reviewed Ramp Hollow. Read the article, The Story of Appalachia, With Plenty of Villains. 

Zip06 wrote an article about Dr. Stoll's new book and the talk he gave in Guilford. Read the article, Three Books, One Weekend.

Dr. Stoll gave a talk about his new book at the New School. Watch the talk at TVEyes Media Monitoring Suite.

Dr. Stoll discussed his new book on WNYC. Listen to his interview 'The Most Important Year,' Poetry on Your Commute, A Retelling of Appalachian History.

Publications (Books)

Ramp Hollow: The Ordeal of Appalachia (New York: FSG/Hill & Wang, 2017).

The Great Delusion: A Mad Inventor, Death in the Tropics, and the Utopian Origins of Economic Growth (New York: Hill and Wang, 2008; paper, 2009).

U.S. Environmentalism Since 1945, A Brief History With Documents (New York: Bedford/St. Martin's, Bedford Series in History and Culture, 2006).

Larding the Lean Earth: Soil and Society in Nineteenth-Century America (New York: Hill and Wang, 2002; paper, 2003).

The Fruits of Natural Advantage: Making the Industrial Countryside in California (Berkeley and Los Angeles: University of California Press, 1998).

Publications (Articles and Chapters)

“Plowed Earth Policies,” Reviews in American History 44 (2016): 104-109.

"The Captured Garden," International Labor and Working-Class History 85 (Spring 2013): 1-22.

"A Metabolism of Society: Capitalism for Environmental Historians," in The Oxford Handbook of Environmental History (New York: Oxford University Press, 2014).

"Nowhere, Fast: George Inness’s Short Cut and Agrarian Dispossession," Environmental History 18(Winter 2013).

"Farm Against Forest," in Michael Lewis, ed., American Wilderness (New York: Oxford University Press, 2007).

"The Smallholder's Dilemma," Journal of Technology and Culture 47(October 2006).

"Insects and Institutions: University Science and the Fruit Business in California," Agricultural History 69 (Spring 1995): 216-239.

Publications (Essays)

“No Man’s Land: On The Contradictions of Private Property,” Orion Magazine (February 2016).

Roundtable Review of Benjamin R. Cohen, Notes From the Ground: Science, Soil and Society in the American Countryside (Yale Press, 2009), H-Environment 3 (2013).

"The Mismeasure of All Things: How GDP Distorts Economic Reality," Orion Magazine (September-October 2012).

"Agrarian Anxieties," Harper’s Magazine (July 2010).

"Toward A Second Haitian Revolution, Harper’s Magazine (April 2010).

"The Cold We Caused," Harper’s Magazine (November 2009).

"Fictitious Commodities: The Delusion of Growth on Wall Street," The Chronicle Review of The Chronicle of Higher Education (October 3, 2008).

"Pattern Recognition," in Lapham’s Quarterly 1 (Summer 2008).

"The Best Hated Man: A Life With Karl Marx," The New Haven Review 1 (May 2008).

"Fear of Fallowing: The Specter of a No-Growth World" Harper’s Magazine (March 2008).

"Postmodern Farming, Quietly Flourishing," The Chronicle Review of The Chronicle of Higher Education (cover story, June 21, 2002).

"The Torch and the Hearth," The Atlantic (August 1998).

Courses Taught

North American Environmental History (lecture)
Environmental History of New York City (lecture/seminar/graduate seminar)
The Agrarian Republic (Understanding Historical Change, lecture)
American Indians (lecture/seminar)
Capitalism (lecture/seminar)
American West, 1490 to 2000 (lecture)
Climate and Society (seminar)
Readings in North American Environmental History (graduate seminar)
Political Philosophy

Curriculum Vitae

STEVEN STOLL

Born 1966, Long Beach, California

EDUCATION
Ph.D. Yale University, December 1994 
M.Phil. Yale University, May 1992 
M.A. Yale University, May 1990 
B.A. University of California, Berkeley, Highest Distinction, May 1988

TEACHING
Professor of History, Fordham University (2015-)
Associate Professor of History, Fordham University (2011-2015)
Visiting Associate Professor of History, Fordham University (2008-2011)
Associate Professor of History, Yale University (2002-2007)
Assistant Professor of History, Yale University (1996-2002)
Lecturer in History, Yale University (1994-96)

PUBLICATIONS
BOOKS
Ramp Hollow: The Ordeal of Appalachia (New York: FSG/Hill & Wang, 2017; paper edition, 2018).
Reviewed in: New York Times, New York Times Book Review, New York Review of Books, Wall Street Journal, Minneapolis-St Paul Star Tribune, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, ProPublica, Boston Review, International Socialist Review, Southern Spaces, Publisher’s Weekly, Choice, Kirkus Review
The Great Delusion: A Mad Inventor, Death in the Tropics, and the Utopian Origins of Economic Growth 

(New York: FSG/Hill & Wang, 2008; paper, 2009).
U.S. Environmentalism Since 1945, A Brief History With Documents 
(New York: Bedford/St. Martin's, Bedford Series in History and Culture, 2006).
Larding the Lean Earth: Soil and Society in Nineteenth-Century America (New York: FSG/Hill & Wang, 2002; paper, 2003).
The Fruits of Natural Advantage: Making the Industrial Countryside in California (Berkeley and Los Angeles: University of California Press, 1998).

ACADEMIC ARTICLES & CHAPTERS
“Talking Trash,” Reviews in American History 46(2018): 345-350.
 “Plowed Earth Policies,” Reviews in American History 44 (2016): 104-109.
“The Captured Garden,” International Labor and Working-Class History 85 (Spring 2013): 1-22.
“A Metabolism of Society: Capitalism for Environmental Historians,” in The Oxford Handbook of Environmental History (New York: Oxford University Press, 2014).
“Nowhere, Fast: George Inness’s Short Cut and Agrarian Dispossession,” Environmental History 18 (Winter 2013): 786-794.
“Farm Against Forest,” in Michael Lewis, ed., American Wilderness (New York: Oxford University Press, 2007).
“The Smallholder's Dilemma,” Journal of Technology and Culture 47 (October 2006): 808-813.
“Insects and Institutions: University Science and the Fruit Business in California,” Agricultural History 69 (Spring 1995): 216-239.

ESSAYS
“Theorizing the Mountains,” part of “A Roundtable on Appalachian Environmental History,” Environmental History Review (in press)
“Chaplin and Marx in Conversation: On Working and Being in Modern Times,” Public Seminar (September 21, 2020), publicseminar.org.
“A Monument to Dis-Union: The West Virginia Coal Miner Statue Ignores Race, Class, and History,” Public Seminar (July 17, 2020), publicseminar.org.
Roundtable: “Why Does Agricultural History Matter?” Agricultural History 93(Fall 2019).
“No Man’s Land: On the Contradictions of Private Property,” Orion Magazine (February 2016).
“The Mismeasure of All Things: How GDP Distorts Economic Reality,” Orion Magazine (September-October 2012).
“Agrarian Anxieties,” Harper’s Magazine (July 2010).
“Toward A Second Haitian Revolution, Harper’s Magazine (April 2010).
“The Cold We Caused,” Harper’s Magazine (November 2009).
“Fictitious Commodities: The Delusion of Growth on Wall Street,” The Chronicle Review of The Chronicle of Higher Education (October 3, 2008).
“Pattern Recognition,” in Lapham’s Quarterly 1 (Summer 2008).
“The Best Hated Man: A Life With Karl Marx,” The New Haven Review 1 (May 2008).
“Fear of Fallowing: The Specter of a No-Growth World” Harper’s Magazine (March 2008).
“Postmodern Farming, Quietly Flourishing,” The Chronicle Review of The Chronicle of Higher Education (cover story, June 21, 2002).
“The Torch and the Hearth,” The Atlantic (August 1998).

HONORS & AWARDS
Appointed “Distinguished Lecturer” by the Organization of American Historians (2017-2020 and 2020-2023).
Among the “100 Top Young Historians,” History News Network, George Mason University (2010).
Elected to Membership in the American Antiquarian Society (2009). 
Finalist: The Mark Lynton History Prize, Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism and the Nieman Foundation at Harvard. 
Larding the Lean Earth was among two finalists out of 229 entries (March 2003).
The Heyman Prize, for an outstanding manuscript on any subject in the humanities, for The Fruits of Natural Advantage, Yale University (July 1998).
W. Turrentine Jackson Award, presented by the American Historical Association, Pacific Coast Branch “to the author of the most outstanding dissertation on any aspect of the history of the American West in the twentieth century” (August 1995). 
Phi Alpha Theta/Westerners International Award for the best doctoral dissertation in western history (August 1995).
Frederick W. Beinecke Prize, awarded by the Graduate School at Yale University “for an outstanding doctoral dissertation in the field of Western American History” (May 1995).

COURSES
North American Environmental History 
The Country and the City
Environmental History of New York City (in conjunction with the New York Historical Society)
The Agrarian Republic 
History of the American Indians 
History of Capitalism 
Climate and Society 
Readings in Environmental History (graduate seminar)

RECENT CONSULTING & INTERVIEWS
Podcast, Twice Over. Episode 17: Speaking for the Trees (Available on Spotify, June 11, 2020).
Consultant and Interviewee for The Feud, produced by Rebecca Taylor and Randall Maclowry, directed by Randall Maclowry, a documentary on the Hatfield and McCoy feud for The American Experience on PBS (interview, March 2019; air date, September 10, 2019).
C-SPAN, Panel discussion for Tom Hansell, After Coal at Book Culture in New York City, sponsored by Harper’s Magazine (February 6, 2019).
Podcast, New Books Network (September 19, 2018).
Podcast, Writer’s Voice (writersvoice.net, August 13, 2018).
C-SPAN, Panel discussion on Appalachia at the Virginia Festival of the Book (March 24, 2018).
WNYC. Guest on “Midday,” January 2, 2018.
C-SPAN. “Ramp Hollow: The Ordeal of Appalachia,” a lecture to the New School for Social Research, aired on January 7, 2018.
New York Times Book Review. Ramp Hollow reviewed by J.D. Vance (December 10, 2017).
WFUV. Guest, spoke about the history of Thanksgiving and the domestication of maize (November 23, 2013).