The Good Polluter investigates the complex environmental history of petroleum refining. The book explores the environmental history of Standard Oil’s refineries – located in Bayonne and Linden, New Jersey, and operated for over a hundred years each – in order to uncover a long history of the corporation's tenuous relationship with nature. I uncover how the environment has always mattered to the oil industry, and how the company's has worked to convince Americans that the environmental costs of oil were worth it.
The Good Polluter will be published by the University of North Carolina Press.
New Jersey is a primary place to study environmental history - the historical relationship between people, their place, and the nonhuman actors in between. It is here, in the overdeveloped suburbs and trip malls, the Superfund and brownfield sites, the long-harvested agricultural fields, and other long-lived inhabited places that the relationship between humans and their environment can be the most profound and illustrative.
New Jersey's Natures is a collection of essays that argue New Jersey's history is incomplete without reflecting on and incorporating knowledge and analysis of the state's geography, landscape, natural resources, wildlife, and complex environmental relationships inextricable from the lives of everyday Americans.
New Jersey's Natures will be published by Rutgers University Press.