Steven Stoll

Steven Stoll

Steven Stoll is a professor of history at Fordham University, where he teaches North American environmental history. He is interested in the relationship between economy and ecology, and his work is related to geography, social ecology, and political theory and often concerns agrarian societies in North America, which offer a vantage point on the intersection of ideas and practices, economies and landscapes. Stoll was born in Long Beach, California, and grew up on the beaches of Orange County and in the industrial landscape of the Los Angeles Harbor, where his father owned a business. He is the author of Larding the Lean Earth: Soil and Society in Nineteenth-Century America (2002) and The Great Delusion: A Mad Inventor, Death in the Tropics, and the Utopian Origins of Economic Growth (2008), among other works. His forthcoming Ramp Hollow: The Ordeal of Appalachia (2017) considers the transformation of the region and its people from subsistence autonomy to dependence on wages.


  • Appalachian Fall: The Industrial Takeover of the Southern Mountains
  • From Daniel Boone to Hill Billy: The Origins of White Rural Poverty


Ramp Hollow: The Ordeal of Appalachia

Presented at The New School in November 2017.

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