Office Hours

  • M 1:15-2:15; TR 2:00 - 3:00


Jordan Kleiman

Associate Professor of


Sturges Hall 5B
1 College Circle
Geneseo, NY 14454


Jordan Kleiman has been a member of the Geneseo faculty since 2000.

In addition to his normal academic duties, Professor Kleiman co-founded the Geneseo Food Project (currently on hiatus).  He also co-founded Rush Citizens Concerned about Hydrofracking, which successfully pursued a ban on shale gas development in the Town of Rush, NY, and he has given numerous public presentations on fracking at the invitation of other towns and organizations. 

And when he's not working on his teaching, research, or fracking activities, you will likely find him spending time with his family, gardening, tending his chickens, or playing bass fiddle with other bluegrass, Old Time, and Americana musicians in the Rochester Area.

Faculty Information


  • University of Rochester, Ph.D. in History, 2000
  • University of Delaware, M.A. in History, 1991
  • George Washington University, B.A. in Philosophy, 1983

Research Interests

  • Twentieth-Century United States
  • Environmental History
  • History of Technology
  • Social Movements
  • Politics of Food

Awards and Honors

  • Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching, 2014

Research in Progress

Book Project:
  • The Appropriate Technology Movement in American Political Culture
Article Project:
  • “Greening ‘Fort Apache’: Appropriate Technology as Environmental Justice in the South Bronx.”

Publications and Professional Activities

  • "Local Food and the Problem of Public Authority," Technology & Culture 50, no. 2 (April 2009): 399-417.
  • "The Appropriate Technology Movement," in the Encyclopedia of American Social Movements, edited by Immanuel Ness (Armonk, NY: M.E. Sharpe, 2004), 1317-22.
  • "Modernization," in A Companion to American Thought, edited by Richard Fox and James Kloppenberg (Oxford UK & Cambridge, Massachusetts: Blackwell, 1995), 462-64.
  • "Art and Social Change: The Aesthetic Theory of Theodor Adorno and John Dewey," Research & Society 6 (1993): 26-53.

    Courses Regularly Taught

    • History 391: The Politics of Food in Modern America
    • History 380: The Vietnam War
    • History 369: Environmental Thought & Politics in Modern America
    • History 221: Technology & the Environment in Modern America
    • History 220: Food & Power in Modern America
    • History 220: Technology, Culture, & Politics in Modern America
    • History 204: Post-1945 U.S. History
    • History 155: Power & Politics in Modern America
    • History 151: U.S. History, 1865-Present
    • American Studies 201: American Garden
    • INTD 105: Supply Chain History: The Hidden Costs of Extraction-Based Prosperity

    Experimental Courses Offered

    • INTD/HIST 388: Building an Alternative Food System in the Greater Rochester Area
    • INTD 101: "Fracking 101": The History, Politics, Science, & Technology of Unconventional Shale Gas Development

    Honors Theses Directed

    • Justin Shapiro, "The Role of Hooker Chemical in the Love Canal Disaster" (2013)
    • Garrett Burger, "Orson Squire Fowler and the Roots of Green Building" (2011)
    • Michelle Fevola, "The Dirty Truth: New York's Ineffective Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations Policy" (2010)
    • Ben Wickizer, "Post-1970s Reform of the Bureau of Reclamation—Real or Superficial? A Case Study of the Klamath Reclamation Project" (2010)
    • Stephen Seefried, "Kick Ash!: A History of the Incinerator Ash Dump ‘NIMBYs’ in the Genesee Valley, 1987-1995" (2008)
    • Marc Hudson, “The Cuyahoga River Fire: The Making of an Environmental Icon” (2008)
    • Mathew Lapennas, “Contested Ground: Redefining Efficiency in the Debate between Industrial and Sustainable Agriculture Advocates” (2007)
    • Daniel Moran, “Neo-Agrarianism and the Dilemma of Human-Land Relations” (2007)
    • Katelyn Holloway, "'General Pollution': Government Business, the Media, and the Hudson River Environment" (2006)
    • Craig Truglia, “Progressivism and Social Control During World War I” (2005)
    • Timothy Nicholson, "Appropriate Technology in U.S. Foreign Policy" (2004)
Fall 2016 Classes

HIST 204:
S/U/United States Since 1945

    This course will examine the transformation of the United States since World War II, focusing on the Civil Rights struggle, the impact of the rights revolution, that emerged in the 1960's. The rise
    and fall of the Cold War as a force in American life, and the changing role of government in society. Not offered on a regular basis
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HIST 369:
Envir Thought&Pol-Mod America

    This course traces the historical development of American environmental thought and politics from the late 19th century to the present. It will be particularly concerned with the clash between two di
    stinct forms of environmental thought and action: one promoting the sustainable use of the natural environment and the other opposing human intervention into wilderness areas. The course will also explore the ways in which gender, race, class, religion, and globalization have intersected with environmental thought and politics. Prerequisites: HIST 301 and HIST 302 or permission of the instructor. Not offered on a regular basis
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INTD 105:

    Writing Seminar is a course focusing on a specific topic while emphasizing writing practice and instruction, potentially taught by any member of the College faculty. Because this is primarily a course
    in writing, reading assignments will be briefer than in traditional topic courses, and students will prove their understanding of the subject matter through writing compositions rather than taking examinations.
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