Ted Steinberg

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Ted Steinberg (born 1961 in Brooklyn, New York) is a Professor of History and Professor of Law at Case Western Reserve University.[1]

Background[edit]

He was born in Brooklyn and raised in Merrick, Long Island, New York. He had a pro-Israel upbringing and had a bar mitzvah at Temple Beth Am in Merrick in April 1974. As an undergraduate he become an anti-Zionist after reading works by Noam Chomsky and Edward Said.[2][3][4] He received his BA summa cum laude in 1983 from Tufts University. He received a Ph.D. in history from Brandeis University in 1989, where he worked under the guidance of Donald Worster, David Hackett Fischer, and Morton Horwitz. From 1990 to 1993 he was a visiting assistant professor at the University of Michigan, and 1993 to 1996 he was an assistant professor at the New Jersey Institute of Technology. He was hired at Case Western Reserve University in 1996. Since 2006 he has been the Adeline Barry Davee Distinguished Professor of History.[5] He also serves as faculty adviser for the Radical Student Union at Case Western Reserve University.[6]

Scholarship[edit]

Steinberg is the author of several books in U.S. history that focus on the relationship between ecological forces and social power. His best known works include Down to Earth: Nature’s Role in American History (2002); Acts of God: The Unnatural History of Natural Disaster in America (2000); and American Green: The Obsessive Quest for the Perfect Lawn (2006). His most recent book, Gotham Unbound: The Ecological History of Greater New York (2014), reinterprets the New York metropolitan area’s history from an environmental perspective and argues against the commonly held view that geography determined the city’s destiny. Considered by some to be an ecosocialist or pro-socialist scholar,[7][8] Steinberg is highly critical of the impact that capitalism has had on the environment and society.[9][10]

His books have received the following prizes: National Outdoor Book Award in the category of Nature & the Environment for Down to Earth: Nature’s Role in American History, 2002;[11] Ohio Academy of History's Publication Award for Acts of God: The Unnatural History of Natural Disaster in America, 2001;[12] co-winner, the Law and Society Association's J. Willard Hurst Prize for the best work in socio-legal history for Nature Incorporated: Industrialization and the Waters of New England, 1992;[13] and the Old Sturbridge Village E. Harold Hugo Memorial Book Prize for the best book on the history and material culture of rural New England for Nature Incorporated, 1992.

He has been the recipient of support from the Michigan Society of Fellows (1990–1993), the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation (1996), the American Council of Learned Societies Burkhardt Fellowship (2001), the National Endowment for the Humanities (2010), and Yale University, where he was the B. Benjamin Zucker Fellow in 2006.

Activism[edit]

Steinberg opposes the market economy and capitalism.[14] He has publicly advocated for free speech[15]. Inspired by Noam Chomsky and Edward Said, he advocates for the rights of the Palestinian people living under Israeli occupation and supports the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement, [16][17][18] including the boycott of Israeli academic institutions.[19][20]

He written for CounterPunch, Dissent, The Chronicle of Higher Education, Discover, Scientific American, Natural History, and The New York Times among others. He has appeared on numerous radio and television shows including Freakonomics Radio, Radio Times with Marty Moss-Coane, The Leonard Lopate Show, The Dennis Prager Show, The Michael Smerconish Show, Marketplace, The Jerry Doyle Show, The Mischke Broadcast, Martha Stewart Living Radio, To the Best of Our Knowledge, and Penn & Teller: Bullshit.[21]

Publications[edit]

  • Nature Incorporated: Industrialization and the Waters of New England (1991). ISBN 9780521527118
  • Slide Mountain, or the Folly of Owning Nature (1995). ISBN 9780520207097
  • Acts of God: The Unnatural History of Natural Disaster (2000). ISBN 9780195309683
  • Down to Earth: Nature’s Role in American History (2002). ISBN 9780199797394, (4th edition, 2018) ISBN 9780190864422
  • American Green: The Obsessive Quest for the Perfect Lawn (2006). ISBN 9780393329308
  • Gotham Unbound: The Ecological History of Greater New York (2014). ISBN 9781476741246

References[edit]

  1. ^ https://history.case.edu/faculty/theodore-steinberg/
  2. ^ https://history.case.edu/faculty/theodore-steinberg/
  3. ^ Brown, Kevin (2006-03-20). "Author: Cut that lawn obsession". The University Record online. Retrieved 2019-09-06.
  4. ^ Steinberg, Ted (2019-09-06). "Let Them Eat Cake: a Journey into Edward Said's Humanism". Counterpunch. Retrieved 2019-09-06.
  5. ^ https://law.case.edu/portals/0/Documents/Steinberg/CV.pdf
  6. ^ Nguyen, Chris (2016-11-16). "Student activism spurs worries of faculty influencing student opinions". The Observer. Retrieved 2019-09-08.
  7. ^ "Ecosocialist Bookshelf: What are the essential books on ecosocialism?". Climate & Capitalism. Retrieved 2017-12-09.
  8. ^ AC; JJ (2010-06-25). "This quarter's selection". International Socialism: A quarterly review of socialist theory (127).
  9. ^ Steinberg, Ted (Spring 2010). "Can Capitalism Save the Planet?: On the Origins of Green Liberalism" (PDF). Radical History Review. 107: 7–24. doi:10.1215/01636545-2009-032.
  10. ^ Steinberg, Ted (Winter 2017). "Review of Easy On, Easy Off: The Urban Pathology of America's Small Towns by Jack Williams". Journal of Interdisciplinary History. 48 (3): 425–426.
  11. ^ "Winners of the 2002 National Outdoor Book Awards". National Outdoor Book Awards. Retrieved 2017-12-06.
  12. ^ "Publication Award". Ohio Academy of History. Retrieved 2017-12-06.
  13. ^ "James Willard Hurst Jr. Prize Winners". Law and Society Association. Retrieved 2017-12-06.
  14. ^ Steinberg, Ted (2017-09-08). "Capitalism, the State and the Drowning of America". Counterpunch. Retrieved 2017-12-09.
  15. ^ Steinberg, Ted (2016-10-31). "Show a Film, End Up on a Watch List". Counterpunch. Retrieved 2017-12-06.
  16. ^ Steinberg, Ted (2019-09-06). "Let Them Eat Cake: a Journey into Edward Said's Humanism". Counterpunch. Retrieved 2019-09-06.
  17. ^ "With the Middle East peace process "dead," now what? Douglas Kerr and Ted Steinberg (Opinion)". Cleveland.com. March 23, 2016. Retrieved 2017-12-06.
  18. ^ Palm-Houser, Steve (2016-07-28). "Ohio anti-BDS bill would hamper free speech and human rights activism, opponents say". Columbus Free Press. Retrieved 2017-12-06.
  19. ^ "Response to Controversy over the Proposed Resolution Critical of Israel". History News Network. January 5, 2016. Retrieved 2017-12-06.
  20. ^ "Call to Boycott the Oral History Conference at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem: Open Letter". Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel. August 13, 2013. Retrieved 2017-12-06.
  21. ^ http://tedsteinberg.com/about/

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