Jordan KleimanAssociate Professor of History
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.
Office Hours (Fall 2019)
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
- 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
- The Appropriate Technology Movement in American Political Culture
- ?Greening ?Fort Apache?: Appropriate Technology as Environmental Justice in the South Bronx.?
HIST 101: Intro to the History Major
This is an introductory course for first semester college students considering a major in history. The course will introduce students to the discipline of history and career paths for history majors, will provide enhanced advisement and planning for the undergraduate degree, will provide problem solving assistance to students as they navigate the first semester of college, will expose students to the range of academic and co-curricular opportunities available to history majors at Geneseo, and will provide opportunities for students to interact with members of the faculty and more advanced undergraduates. This class is open to any first year student at the college interested in majoring in history.
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 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.