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Andrew Needham’s book Power Lines: Phoenix and the Making of the Modern Southwest (Princeton University Press, 2015) explains how inexpensive electricity became a requirement for modern life in Phoenix—driving assembly lines and cooling the oppressive heat. Navajo officials initially hoped energy development would improve their lands too, but as ash piles marked their landscape, air pollution filled the skies, and almost half of Navajo households remained without electricity, many Navajos came to view power lines as a sign of their subordination in the Southwest. Drawing together urban, environmental, and American Indian history, Needham demonstrates how power lines created unequal connections between distant landscapes and how environmental changes associated with suburbanization reached far beyond the metropolitan frontier. Needham also offers a new account of postwar inequality, arguing that residents of the metropolitan periphery suffered similar patterns of marginalization as those faced in America’s inner cities. His book was selected as ASEH’s best book in 2016.


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JRMGC.jpgThe American Society for Environmental History increases understanding of the important role played by the environment throughout human history, from the earliest period to the crucial issues of our own time and across the world’s diverse societies and ecosystems. Our membership is international and interdisciplinary. A non-profit scholarly organization, ASEH promotes research and teaching in environmental history, provides public outreach to our communities, and supports our members’ professional needs. Membership includes a subscription to our excellent quarterly journal, Environmental History, published by Oxford University Press. We invite you to explore this website for information on our mission as well as our journal, conferences and workshops, travel grants, fellowships, teaching resources, and more.

-Kathleen A. Brosnan, ASEH President

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news and events

Click here to view Middle East Studies Association's statement on threats to academic freedom in Turkey (ASEH signed).

Click here to view the virtual edition of our journal on climate history.

Click here to read about how environmental history is "the field with the largest proportional expansion" in the last 40 years.

Click here to view ASEH's statement on "Campus Carry" legislation.

Click here to view plenary talk by EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy (from our 2015 conference in Washington, DC).

Click here to view letter from ASEH to EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy requesting that the agency re-open its history program.

Click here to view the latest bulletin from the International Consortium of EH Organizations (ICEHO).

Are you an ASEH member interested in hosting our annual conference? Click here for more info.

Click here for information on our equity fellowship for graduate students and click here for information on our local equity undergraduate student grants.

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