David Kinkela


David Kinkela

Associate Professor
New York University, Ph.D., 2005

Director of the Honors Program

E314 Thompson Hall
Office Phone: 716/673-3876
E-mail: david.kinkela@fredonia.edu

Research Interests

My research focuses on the history of U.S. environmental politics in a global age. My book, DDT and the American Century: Global Health, Environmental Politics, and the Pesticide That Changed the World (UNC Press, 2011, http://uncpress.unc.edu/books/T-9301.html) examines the interconnections between U.S. environmentalism and U.S. foreign policy. Currently, I am starting a new book project called, An Island of Plastic: A History of Waste, Water, and Petrochemicals. This project attempts to historicize the multifaceted and transnational history of the largest environmental wasteland in the world, the Great Pacific Garbage Patch.



  • DDT and the American Century: Global Health, Environmental Politics, and the Pesticide that Changed the World, (UNC Press, 2011) http://uncpress.unc.edu/books/T-9301.html
  • The Nation-State and the Global Environment: New Approaches to International Environmental History, co-edited with Mark Atwood Lawrence and Erika Bsumek, Oxford University Press, Dec 2012


  • “The Ecological Landscapes of Rachel Carson and Jane Jacobs,” American Quarterly 61.4 (winter 2009): 905-28.
  • “’One Man’s Pesticide Is Another Man’s Poison’: The Paradox of U.S. Environmental Pesticide Policy during the Environmental Decade” for edited volume, The Nation-State and the Global Environment
  • “The Question of Success and Environmental Ethics: Revisiting the DDT Controversy from a Transnational Perspective, 1967-1972,” Ethics, Place, and Environment vol. 8, no. 2, June 2005, 159-79.

Book Chapters

  • "Plastic Six-Pack Rings: The Business and Politics of an Environmental Problem," for Green Capitalism? Exploring the Crossroads of Environmental and Business History, ed. Harmut Berghoff and Adam Rome, (University of Pennsylvania Press, forthcoming)

Edited Journal

  • “Transnational Environments: Rethinking the Political Economy of Nature in a Global Age,” editor with Neil Maher, Radical History Review, 107, spring 2010
  • "Water: History, Power, Crisis," editor with Teresa Meade and Enrique Ochoa, Radical History Review, 116, spring 2013


  • The Charles Warren Center for Studies in American History, Harvard University, Research Fellow, 2010
  • Institute for Historical Studies, University of Texas-Austin, 2008-09

Teaching Interests

My teaching interests explore many of the same themes as my research. I am interested in exploring the connections and relationships between U.S. history and the world. I often teach the survey course, "U.S. History since 1877" with a global focus. I also teach the "American Century" course that explores the intersection between foreign politics, culture and power. I teach environmental history as well, offering courses on global and U.S. environmental history. Other courses I have developed or offered in the past include "The History of New York," "History of American Cities," "Post-1945 U.S. History," "Doing History" and the "History Honors Seminar."

History Department Office

E332 Thompson Hall
State University of New York at Fredonia
Fredonia, NY 14063
(716) 673-3277
(716) 673-3332 fax