Jordan Kleiman

Associate Professor of History
Doty Hall 209

Jordan Kleiman has been a member of the Geneseo faculty since 2000.  His teaching and research focus on Modern U.S. History, Environmental History, History of Technology, and the Politics of Food.

Jordan Kleiman

Office Hours (Fall 2019)

T/Th, 8-9:30a.m.

Curriculum Vitae


  • University of Rochester, Ph.D. in History, 2000

  • University of Delaware, M.A. in History, 1991

  • George Washington University, B.A. in Philosophy, 1983


  • "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)

More About Me

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.?


  • HIST 204: United States Since 1945

    This course will examine the transformation of the United States since World War II, focusing on the era’s political culture, economic developments, and movements for social and cultural change, as well as the rise and fall of the Cold War and the New Deal Order.

  • WRTG 105: Wrtg: Supply-Chain History

    Writing Seminar lays the foundation for students to participate insightfully in both written and oral academic conversations. The course focuses on three modes of written and oral communication: communication as an ongoing persuasive dialogue with multiple audiences, communication with a reflective self, and communication with a dynamic evolving text. The course also introduces elements of information literacy and critical thinking needed to develop and evaluate academic conversation. Writing Seminar is typically taken by new students in their first two semesters, often as the introduction to general education, to our library, and to academic support services as sites of collaboration rather than remediation. As many new students' only seminar-style class, Writing Seminar can help lay the foundations of not only academic but also social success.