W2: Earth and Expropriation


Alyssa Battistoni

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Alyssa Battistoni is an Environmental Fellow at the Harvard University Center for the Environment. She works on topics related to political economy, environmental politics, feminism, and the history of political thought, and writes about related issues for various publications including Dissent, n+1, the Nation, and Jacobin, where she is on the editorial board. Her book A Planet to Win: Why We Need a Green New Deal, co-written with Kate Aronoff, Daniel Aldana Cohen, and Thea Riofrancos, is out this fall with Verso.

Fredrik Albritton Jonsson is Associate Professor of British History at the University of Chicago, His research brings together themes in environmental history, history of science, and political economy. His current project examines how, as the British industrial revolution birthed the world’s first fossil fuel economy, geologists transformed the public understanding of the earth's interior and deep past. He argues that these developments—fossil growth and fossil science—converged to produce a fundamental reorientation of politics and culture towards cheap energy and cornucopian growth. He is the author of Enlightenment's Frontier: the Scottish Highlands and the Origins of Environmentalism (Yale, 2013) and, with Vicky Albritton, Green Victorians: The Simple Life in John Ruskin's Lake District (Chicago, 2016).

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Stephanie Foote

Stephanie Foote is Jackson and Nichols Professor of English at West Virginia University. Her research range across US literature and culture of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, the relationship between new and historical materialisms, history of the book, and environmental humanities. She is the author of The Parvenu’s Plot: Gender, Culture, and Class in the Age of Realism (2014), and editor, with Elizabeth Mazzolini, of Histories of the Dustheap: Waste, Material Cultures, Social Justice (2012). With Stephanie LeMenager, she is the founder and editor of Resilience: A Journal of the Environmental Humanities. She is currently working on The Art of Things, a project about waste and literature, and was named a 2018 Andrew Carnegie Fellow for her work on cultural production and the Anthropocene.

Benjamin Lazier is Professor of History and Humanities at Reed College. He teaches and writes about modern intellectual history, with interests in the history of technology, the environment, globalisms, psychoanalysis, interwar Europe, religious thought, political thought, political economy, animality, the emotions, and movements for social action. He is currently working on a history of the idea of the “whole Earth.” A sample of that project (Earthrise; or, the Globalization of the World Picture), a capsule history of philosophical reactions to the first images of the Earth from space, appeared in the American Historical Review.

Benjamin Lazier

Jason W. Moore

Jason W. Moore is an environmental historian and historical geographer at Binghamton University, where he is Professor of Sociology. He is author or editor, most recently, of Anthropocene or Capitalocene? Nature, History, and the Crisis of Capitalism (PM Press, 2016), and, with Raj Patel, A History of the World in Seven Cheap Things (University of California Press, 2017). His books and essays on environmental history, capitalism, and social theory have been widely recognized, including the Alice Hamilton Prize of the American Society for Environmental History (2003), the Distinguished Scholarship Award of the Section on the Political Economy of the World-System (American Sociological Association, 2002 for articles, and 2015 for Web of Life), and the Byres and Bernstein Prize in Agrarian Change (2011).

Kathryn Yusoff is Professor of Inhuman Geography in the School of Geography at Queen Mary University of London. Her research focuses on earth sciences, black feminist theory, geophilosophy and aesthetics in the Anthropocene. Recent publications include, A Billion Black Anthropocenes (University of Minnesota Press, 2018), a Special Issue on “Geosocial Formations”(2017) for Theory, Culture and Society and “Geologic Realism” (2019) in Social Text. She is currently finishing a book on “Geologic Life” that addresses histories of white geology and their afterlives in the grammars and philosophies of materiality.

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