The Envirotech bibliography is a work in progress, initiated by Julie Cohn and Finn Arne Jørgensen after the ASEH2 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.

Any Envirotech member can contribute to the bibliography by requesting to join the group here. Once you have been approved, you can add entries directly to the bibliography either via the Zotero web interface or the Zotero desktop app.


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

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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

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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.