Author Archives: Tom Robertson

About Tom Robertson

Tom Robertson teaches foreign relations and environmental history at Worcester Polytechnic Institute. He is author of The Malthusian Moment: Global Population Growth and the Birth of American Environmentalism (Rutgers University Press, 2012). A more recent work is “Cold War Landscapes: Toward An Environmental History of U.S. Development Programs in the 1950s and 1960s,” Cold War History (In press, available on line). Tom's current research examines the environmental history of US development projects in Cold War Nepal, focusing on five case studies—the Rapti Valley Development Project (1950s), Malaria Eradication (1960s), Land Reform (1960s), Population and Environment Programs (1970s), and Chitwan National Park (1960s and 1970s). With Jenny Leigh Smith (Georgia Tech), Tom is editing Transplanting Modernity?: New Histories of Environment and Development, a collected volume of articles on the comparative environmental history of international development.

Adding Environment to the Picture

This post is part of a roundtable discussion on two historiographic articles by Joseph Hodge published in recent issues of Humanity. For more about the roundtable and all currently available posts please see this page. Joe Hodge has done a great service with this insightful article. A good review should summarize, analyze, and situate existing literature but also point to new roads to walk down. This piece does exactly that. I find two of Hodge’s main points particularly important. The first is that “a more Continue reading →