The Envirotech bibliography is a work in progress, initiated by Julie Cohn and Finn Arne Jørgensen after the ASEH 2016 meeting in Seattle. A section on race, colonialism, and injustice was added in 2020 with the help of Carl Zimring. There is also a subcollection highlighting Tarr Article Prize winners.

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Jørgensen, Dolly. “Not by Human Hands: Five Technological Tenets for Environmental History in the Anthropocene.” Environment and History 20, no. 4 (November 1, 2014): 479–89.
Jørgensen, Finn Arne. Making a Green Machine: The Infrastructure of Beverage Container Recycling. New Brunswick, N.J: Rutgers University Press, 2011.
Jørgensen, Finn Arne. “Why Look at Cabin Porn?” Public Culture 27, no. 3 77 (September 1, 2015): 557–78.
Jørgensen, Dolly, Finn Arne Jørgensen, and Sara B. Pritchard. New Natures: Joining Environmental History with Science and Technology Studies. 1 edition. Pittsburgh: University of Pittsburgh Press, 2013.
LeCain, Timothy J. Mass Destruction: The Men and Giant Mines That Wired America and Scarred the Planet. New Brunswick, N.J: Rutgers University Press, 2009.
Melosi, Martin. The Sanitary City: Environmental Services in Urban America from Colonial Times to the Present. Creating the North American Landscape. Baltimore: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 1999.
Schrepfer, Susan, and Philip Scranton. Industrializing Organisms: Introducing Evolutionary History. Routledge, 2004.
Stine, Jeffrey K., and Joel A. Tarr. “At the Intersection of Histories: Technology and the Environment.” Technology and Culture 39, no. 4 (1998): 601–40.
Stine, Jeffrey K., and Joel A. Tarr. “Introduction to the Special Issue: Technology and the Environment: The Historians’ Challenge.” Environmental History Review 18, no. 1 (Spring 1994): 1–7.
Tarr, Joel A. “Searching for a ‘Sink’ for an Industrial Waste: Iron-Making Fuels and the Environment.” Environmental History Review 18, no. 1 (Spring 1994): 9–34.
Wolfe, Mikael. Watering the Revolution: An Environmental and Technological History of Agrarian Reform in Mexico, 2017.
Zimring, Carl A. Cash for Your Trash: Scrap Recycling in America. Rutgers University Press (2005), Hardcover, 2005.


Perspectives on race, colonialism, and injustice

Agyeman, Julian, Robert D. Bullard, and Bob Evans, eds. Just Sustainabilities: Development in an Unequal World. Cambridge, Mass: MIT Press, 2003.
Anderson, Warwick. “‘Where Every Prospect Pleases and Only Man Is Vile’: Laboratory Medicine as Colonial Discourse.” Critical Inquiry 18, no. 3 (1992): 506–29.
Biehler, Dawn. Pests in the City: Flies, Bedbugs, Cockroaches, and Rats. Seattle: University of Washington Press, 2013.
Blum, Elizabeth D. Love Canal Revisited: Race, Class, and Gender in Environmental Activism. Lawrence: University Press of Kansas, 2008.
Bohme, Susanna Rankin. Toxic Injustice: A Transnational History of Exposure and Struggle. Oakland, California: University of California Press, 2015.
Brosnan, Kathleen A. “The Lifting Fog: Race, Work, and the Environment.” Environmental History 24, no. 1 (2019): 9–24.
Bullard, Robert D. Dumping in Dixie: Race, Class, and Environmental Quality. 3rd ed. Boulder, Colo: Westview Press, 2000.
Chiang, Connie Y. Nature behind Barbed Wire: An Environmental History of the Japanese American Incarceration. New York, NY: Oxford University Press, 2018.
Davis, Devra Lee. When Smoke Ran like Water: Tales of Environmental Deception and the Battle against Pollution. New York, NY: Basic Books, 2002.
Dillon, Lindsey. “Race, Waste, and Space: Brownfield Redevelopment and Environmental Justice at the Hunters Point Shipyard.” Antipode 46, no. 5 (2014): 1205–21.
Dockry, Michael J., and Nancy Langston. “Indigenous Protest and the Roots of Sustainable Forestry in Bolivia.” Environmental History 24, no. 1 (January 1, 2019): 52–77.
Finney, Carolyn. Black Faces, White Spaces: Reimagining the Relationship of African Americans to the Great Outdoors. Chapel Hill: The University of North Carolina Press, 2014.
Foote, Stephanie, and Elizabeth Mazzolini, eds. Histories of the Dustheap: Waste, Material Cultures, Social Justice. Cambridge, Mass: MIT Press, 2012.
Frickel, Scott, and M. Bess Vincent. “Hurricane Katrina, Contamination, and the Unintended Organization of Ignorance.” Technology in Society 29, no. 2 (2007): 181–88.
Gould, Stephen Jay. The Mismeasure of Man. Rev. and expanded, with A new introduction. New York: W.W. Norton, 2008.
Hoover, Elizabeth. The River Is in Us: Fighting Toxics in a Mohawk Community. Minneapolis ; London: University of Minnesota Press, 2017.
Hurley, Andrew. Environmental Inequalities: Class, Race, and Industrial Pollution in Gary, Indiana, 1945-1980. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1995.
Lakwete, Angela. Inventing the Cotton Gin: Machine and Myth in Antebellum America. Baltimore: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 2003.
Leguizamón, Amalia. Seeds of Power: Environmental Injustice and Genetically Modified Soybeans in Argentina. Durham and London: Duke University Press, 2020.
McGurty, Eileen Maura. Transforming Environmentalism: Warren County, PCBS, and the Origins of Environmental Justice. New Brunswick, N.J: Rutgers University Press, 2007.
Mendoza, Mary E. “Treacherous Terrain: Racial Exclusion and Environmental Control at the U.S.-Mexico Border.” Environmental History 23, no. 1 (January 1, 2018): 117–26.
Mittlefehldt, Sarah. “Wood Waste and Race: The Industrialization of Biomass Energy Technologies and Environmental Justice.” Technology and Culture 59, no. 4 (2018): 875–98.
Nishime, LeiLani, and Kim D. Hester Williams, eds. Racial Ecologies. Seattle: University of Washington Press, 2018.
Nixon, Rob. Slow Violence and the Environmentalism of the Poor. Cambridge, Mass: Harvard University Press, 2011.
Ødegaard, Cecilie Vindal, and Juan Javier Rivera Andía, eds. Indigenous Life Projects and Extractivism: Ethnographies from South America. Palgrave Macmillan, 2019.
Painter, Nell Irvin. The History of White People. New York: W.W. Norton, 2010.
Pellow, David N. Garbage Wars: The Struggle for Environmental Justice in Chicago. Cambridge, Mass: MIT Press, 2002.
Pellow, David N. Resisting Global Toxics: Transnational Movements for Environmental Justice. Cambridge, Mass: MIT Press, 2007.
Pellow, David N. “Toward a Critical Environmental Justice Studies: Black Lives Matter as an Environmental Justice Challenge.” Du Bois Review: Social Science Research on Race 13, no. 2 (ed 2016): 221–36.
Pellow, David N., and Lisa Sun-Hee Park. The Silicon Valley of Dreams: Environmental Injustice, Immigrant Workers, and the High-Tech Global Economy. Critical America. New York: New York University Press, 2002.
Perales, Monica. Smeltertown: Making and Remembering a Southwest Border Community. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2010.
Powell, Miles A. Vanishing America: Species Extinction, Racial Peril, and the Origins of Conservation. Cambridge, Massachusetts: Harvard University Press, 2016.
Sarathy, Brinda, ed. Inevitably Toxic: Historical Perspectives on Contamination, Exposure, and Expertise. Intersections: Environment, Science, Technology. Pittsburgh, Pa: University of Pittsburgh Press, 2018.
Sicotte, Diane. From Workshop to Waste Magnet: Environmental Inequality in the Philadelphia Region. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press, 2016.
Spears, Ellen Griffith. Baptized in PCBs: Race, Pollution, and Justice in an All-American Town. Chapel Hill: The University of North Carolina Press, 2014.
Sze, Julie. Noxious New York: The Racial Politics of Urban Health and Environmental Justice. Urban and Industrial Environments. Cambridge, Mass: MIT Press, 2007.
Sze, Julie, ed. Sustainability: Approaches to Environmental Justice and Social Power. New York: New York University Press, 2018.
Taylor, Dorceta E. Toxic Communities: Environmental Racism, Industrial Pollution, and Residential Mobility. New York: New York University Press, 2014.
Tompkins, Kyla Wazana. Racial Indigestion: Eating Bodies in the Nineteenth Century. America and the Long 19th Century. New York: New York University Press, 2012.
Valenčius, Conevery Bolton. The Health of the Country: How American Settlers Understood Themselves and Their Land. 1st ed. New York: Basic Books, 2002.
Voyles, Traci Brynne. Wastelanding: Legacies of Uranium Mining in Navajo Country. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2015.
Washington, Sylvia Hood. Packing Them in: An Archaeology of Environmental Racism in Chicago, 1865-1954. Lanham: Lexington Books, 2005.
Washington, Sylvia Hood, Heather Goodall, and Paul C. Rosier, eds. Echoes from the Poisoned Well: Global Memories of Environmental Injustice. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, 2006.
Westra, Laura, and Bill E. Lawson, eds. Faces of Environmental Racism: Confronting Issues of Global Justice. 2nd ed. Studies in Social, Political, and Legal Philosophy. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 2001.
Zimring, Carl. “Dirty Work: How Hygiene and Xenophobia Marginalized the American Waste Trades, 1870–1930.” Environmental History 9, no. 1 (January 1, 2004): 80–101.
Zimring, Carl A. Clean and White: A History of Environmental Racism in the United States. New York: New York University Press, 2015.


Joel A. Tarr Article Prize winners

Anderson, Joe. “War on Weeds: Iowa Farmers and Growth-Regulator Herbicides.” Technology and Culture 46, no. 4 (2005): 719–44.
Benson, Etienne. “Generating Infrastructural Invisibility: Insulation, Interconnection, and Avian Excrement in the Southern California Power Grid.” Environmental Humanities 6, no. 1 (January 1, 2015): 103–30.
Carse, Ashley. “Nature as Infrastructure: Making and Managing the Panama Canal Watershed.” Social Studies of Science 42, no. 4 (August 1, 2012): 539–63.
Cole, Camille Lyans. “Precarious Empires: A Social and Environmental History of Steam Navigation on the Tigris.” Journal of Social History 50, no. 1 (September 1, 2016): 74–101.
Gardner, Robert. “Constructing a Technological Forest: Nature, Culture, and Tree-Planting in the Nebraska Sand Hills.” Environmental History 14, no. 2 (April 1, 2009): 275–97.
Horowitz, Roger. “Making the Chicken of Tomorrow: Reworking Poultry as Commodities and as Creatures, 1945-1990.” In Industrializing Organisms: Introducing Evolutionary History, edited by Susan Schrepfer and Philip Scranton, 215–36. Routledge, 2004.
Jones, Christopher F. “A Landscape of Energy Abundance: Anthracite Coal Canals and the Roots of American Fossil Fuel Dependence, 1820–1860.” Environmental History 15, no. 3 (July 1, 2010): 449–84.
Pritchard, Sara B. “Reconstructing the Rhône: The Cultural Politics of Nature and Nation in Contemporary France, 1945-1997.” French Historical Studies 27, no. 4 (September 21, 2004): 765–99.
Sutter, Paul S. “Nature’s Agents or Agents of Empire? Entomological Workers and Environmental Change during the Construction of the Panama Canal.” Isis 98, no. 4 (December 1, 2007): 724–54.
Teisch, Jessica B. “Great Western Power, ‘White Coal,’ and Industrial Capitalism in the West.” Pacific Historical Review 70, no. 2 (2001): 221–53.