Mark R. Stoll
Associate Professor - U.S. Environmental, U.S. Religious
Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin
Professor Stoll joined the department in 1997. His new book, Inherit the Holy Mountain: Religion and the Rise of the American Environmental Movement,
was published by Oxford University Press in May 2015. His first book was Protestantism, Capitalism, and Nature in America (1997). He has worked as the editor of the ABC-Clio book series "Nature and Human
Societies" and co-editor with Dianne Glave of "To Love the Wind and the Rain": African Americans and Environmental History (2005).
Dr. Stoll also serves as director of Environmental Studies.
Inherit the Holy Mountain - Religion and the Rise of American Environmentalism
Inherit the Mountain - Religion and the Rise of American Environmentalism argues for the place of religion in shaping the views of historical environmental figures, demonstrates how religious traditions fostered distinctive aesthetic reactions to nature, offers analysis of key works of art through the lenses of different denominations, and provides insight into the future of environmentalism in the United States
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Protestantism, Capitalism, and Nature in America
Environmentalists have often blamed Protestantism for justifying the human exploitation of nature, but the author of this cultural history argues that, in America, hard-boiled industrialists and passionate environmentalists sprang from the same Protestant root.
Protestant Christianity—Calvinism especially—both helped industrialists like James J. Hill rationalize their utilization of nature for economic profit and led environmental advocates like John Muir to call for the preservation of unspoiled wilderness. Biographical vignettes examine American thinkers, industrialists, and environmentalists—Benjamin Franklin, Joseph Smith, William Gilpin, Leland Stanford, Gifford Pinchot, Aldo Leopold, and others—whose lives show the development of ideas and attitudes that have profoundly shaped Americans' use of and respect for nature.
The final chapter looks at several contemporary figures—James Watt, Annie Dillard, and Dave Foreman—whose careers exemplify the recent Protestant thought and behavior and their impact on the environment.
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To Love the Wind and the Rain: African Americans and Environmental History
To Love the Wind and Rain is a groundbreaking and vivid analysis of the relationship between African Americans and the environment in U.S. history. It focuses on three major themes: African Americans in the rural environment, African Americans in the urban and suburban environments, and African Americans and the notion of environmental justice. Meticulously researched, the essays cover subjects including slavery, hunting, gardening, religion, the turpentine industry, outdoor recreation, women, and politics. To Love the Wind and Rain will serve as an excellent foundation for future studies in African American environmental history.
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Contact InformationEmail: Mark.Stoll@ttu.edu
Office: 135 Holden Hall