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Josh Howe

I came to Stanford after a B.A. at Middlebury College, followed by a series of jobs that involved teaching, writing, taking photographs, coaching, and leading a variety of outlandish adventures in the outdoors all over the world. Here at Stanford, I have managed to translate my passion for living outside into an intellectual pursuit that straddles the fields of Environmental History and the History of Science. In my teaching, I cover a wide swath in both fields, but my research primarily deals with the political history of global warming. My dissertation, "Making Global Warming Green: Climate Change and American Environmentalism, 1957-1992," investigates how the issue of climate change became the centerpiece of the American environmental movement in the second half of the twentieth century. I focus on the complex institutional, political, and professional relationships between scientists studying climate and American environmentalists, from the early scientific concerns expressed during the International Geophysical Year of 1957 to the United Nations Earth Summit of 1992. In conjunction with my research, I also work closely with the Woods Institute for the Environment and the Interdisciplinary Program on Environment and Resources. Moving forward, I plan to take what has been a global-to-local, science-to-advocacy approach to global warming and turn it on its head. In my next project, I plan to explore the intersections between local, regional, national, and international environmental politics as they have played out in specific places over the last three decades. As an Idahoan, I am particularly interested in the local and state level political responses to the potential impacts of climate change on the resources of the American West. When I am not in the region's archives studying its history, you can find me playing in its rivers, waves, deserts, and mountains.