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Upcoming Meetings

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Past Meetings

  • June 9, 2023

    ·      Tobah Aukland-Peck, “Mineral landscapes: The Mine and British Modernism.”
    ·      Dr. Helge Wendt, “Building materials from coal-waste. An extension of the history of energy in the interwar period in France and Germany.”

  • May 12, 2023

    V. M. Roberts, “Grandpa Tallman’s Engine.”

  • April 14, 2023
    • Michiel Bron, “Uranium’s geographies: How the geographical properties of uranium determined the formation of an infamous cartel and the involvement of oil companies in the uranium market.”
    • Hilary Blum, “The Public Need to Know: Public Relations, Public History, and Secrecy at the Hanford Nuclear Site.”

  • March 10, 2023

    Nathan N. Kapoor, "The Coal Answer: The Huntly Power Station and New Zealand's Energy Regime."

  • February 10, 2023

    Katja Bruisch, “More-than-human histories of extraction: Labour at the margins of Russia’s fossil economy.”

  • January 13, 2023
    • Ritam Sengupta, “The Laws of Electricity and the Laws of Men: Governing technical conduct in colonial India.”
    • Matthew Shutzer, “Machines of Development: Ecology and Energy at the End of Empire.”

  • December 9, 2022

    Jennifer Eaglin, “Brazilian Nuclear Ambitions, Hydroelectricity, and Water Resources.”

  • November 11, 2022

    Elizabeth Chatterjee and Sachaet Pandey, “Dams and the Deep Earth: Human Geological Agency and the Koyna Earthquake of 1967.”

  • October 14, 2022

    Veronica Jacome, '"Killing Complaints with Courtesy”: the role of relationship building in the success of early US central power stations (1891-1938)'

  • May 6, 2022

    Michaela Rife, “Capturing Petroleum Publics: The Visual Culture of Oil on the Dust Bowl Plains.”
    Jordan Howell, Capital Be Dammed: Alcoa and the History of Hydroelectric Power in North America, 1890-1950.”

Group Conveners

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    Brian Leech

    Brian Leech is Associate Professor of History at Augustana College in Rock Island, Illinois. He is an environmental historian of North American regions with a focus on the history of natural resources, including mining, energy, and food. Leech is the author of The City That Ate Itself: Butte, Montana and Its Expanding Berkeley Pit (2018) and he is at work on two projects: a history of the portrayal of mining in popular culture and a history of speed limits in the American West.


  • Robert Lifset

    Robert Lifset is an Associate Professor of History in the Honors College at the University of Oklahoma. His books include Power on the Hudson, Storm King Mountain and The Emergence of Modern American Environmentalism (2014) and American Energy Policy in the 1970s (2014). Lifset is currently researching a history of the energy crisis of the 1970s. Robert Lifset is also the founding web and list editor of H-Energy (, an online, interdisciplinary website devoted to the study of energy history.


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    Sarah Stanford-McIntyre

    Sarah Stanford-McIntyre is an Assistant Professor in the Herbst Program for Engineering, Ethics & Society at the University of Colorado Boulder. Her book project, Natural Risk: An Environmental History of West Texas Oil and the Rise of Sunbelt Texas (Forthcoming, Columbia University Press), examines how oil workers responded to industry hazards and shaped Texas industrialization. She is co-editor of American Energy Cinema (West Virginia University Press), which historicizes American film depictions of the energy industries.
    She has also published on grain elevator disasters, oil industry labor battles, computing and geophysics, Texas hydroelectric development, and wind energy. She is beginning a second monograph on renewable energy development in the US Southwest.


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