Jordan Kleiman                     JBK pic

Associate Professor of History

Co-Director:  Geneseo Food Project      

302 Sturges Hall
Geneseo, NY  14454
Tel.:  585-245-5743

 Academic Specialization

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


  • 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 in Progress


                The Appropriate Technology Movement in American Political Culture, under contract with the University of Pennsylvania Press.


                “Greening ‘Fort Apache’: Appropriate Technology as Environmental Justice in the South Bronx.” 

                “The Gods Must Be Crazy: Space Colonization, the Whole Earth Catalog, and the Roots of the American
                       Appropriate Technology Movement.”

    Published Articles

        "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.

    Book Reviews

        "The Rise of Agribusiness and the Demise of the New Deal Order," review essay on Trucking Country: The Road to
                America's Wal-Mart Economy, by Shane Hamilton, Technology & Culture 51, no. 1 (January 2010).               

        Review of The Landscape of Reform: Civic Pragmatism and Environmental Thought in America, by
                Ben Minteer, Environmental History 13 (January 2008), 184-85.

        Review of New Jersey’s Environments:  Past Present, and Future, Neil M. Maher, ed., Environmental
12:  2 (2007), 416.

        Review of Resources under Regimes:  Technology, Environment, and the State, by Paul R.
                Josephson, Technology & Culture 47:  4 (2006), 819-21.

        Review of Faith in Nature:  Environmentalism as Religious Quest, by Thomas R. Dunlap, Agricultural
80: 1 (Winter 2006), 115-17.

        Review of Edward Abbey:  A Life, by James M. Cahalan, Technology & Culture 44: 1 (January 2003),

Awards, Grants, & Fellowships 

  • National Science Foundation:  Scholars Award, 2008-09 
  • Presidential Summer Fellowship, SUNY-Geneseo, 2005 
  • Goff Fellowship, Newell D. Goff Institute of the Rhode Island Historical Society, 2003 
  • Dissertation Fellowship in the Humanities, University of Rochester, 1998 
  • Charlotte W. Newcombe Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship, Woodrow Wilson Foundation, 1997 
  • National Science Foundation:  Doctoral Dissertation Grant, Ethics and Values Studies, 1996 
  • Rush Rhees Fellowship, University of Rochester, 1995 

Courses Taught

  • Courses Regularly Taught:
    • American Studies 201:  American Garden
    • History 391:  The Politics of Food in Modern America (Senior Seminar)
    • 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
  • Other Courses Taught:
    • History 388:  America in the 1960s
    • History 250:  Work and Workers in Modern America
    • History 330:  Industrial America, 1870-1920 (SUNY-Fredonia)
    • History 115:  Western Civilizations I (SUNY-Fredonia)
    • History 357:  Twentieth-Century U.S. History (Wells College)
  • Honors Theses Directed:
    • 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)