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Caleb Scoville

Tufts University

Based in

United States
North America

Caleb Scoville is an Assistant Professor of Sociology at Tufts University. He studies the politics of environmental knowledge and the dynamics of environmental controversies. Caleb is particularly interested in how environmental problems take shape at the intersection of technical and political domains and how environmental injustices and degradation are legitimated politically through the strategic articulation of senses of “us” and “them.” His current research topics include biodiversity loss and water politics in California, how artificial intelligence technologies are shaping the field of environmental conservation in a changing climate, and how environmental problems become imbued with partisan significance in the American public sphere.

Country(ies) of Specialty

United States

Focus areas of expertise

Climate policy and politics History Behavioral action Agriculture

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Scoville, Caleb, and Andrew McCumber.Climate Silence in Sociology? How Elite American Sociology, Environmental Sociology, and Science and Technology Studies Treat Climate Change.Sociological Perspectives (2023)

Caleb Scoville and Heather Mooney. 2023. “So You’ve Provincialized the Canon. Now What?” Teaching Sociology. 51.1: 67-78.

Caleb Scoville. 2022. “The Means and Ends of Nature.” Theory and Society 51.6: 951–965.

Caleb Scoville, Andrew McCumber, Razvan Amironesei and June Jeon. 2022. “Mask Refusal Backlash: The Politicization of Face Masks in the American Public Sphere During the Early Stages of the COVID-19 Pandemic.” Socius: Sociological Research for a Dynamic World 8.

Caleb Scoville. 2022. “Constructing Environmental Compliance: Law, Science, and Endangered Species Conservation in California’s Delta.” American Journal of Sociology 127.4: 1094-1150.

Chapman MS, Oestreich WK, Frawley TH, et al. 2021. “Promoting equity in the use of algorithms for high-seas conservation,” One Earth. 2021;4(6):790-794.

Caleb Scoville, Melissa Chapman, Razvan Amironesei and Carl Boettiger. 2021. “Algorithmic Conservation in a Changing Climate” Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability (51).

Razvan Amironesei and Caleb Scoville. 2019. “Groundwater in California: From Juridical and Biopolitical Governmentality to a Political Physics of Vital Processes.” Theory, Culture & Society (36.5).

Caleb Scoville. 2019. “Hydraulic Society and a ‘Stupid Little Fish’: Toward a Historical Ontology of Endangerment” Theory and Society (48.1).

Razvan Amironesei and Caleb Scoville. 2018. “Opposing California’s WaterFix: The Trump Administration and the Future of Environmental Advocacy” Ethics, Policy, and Environment (21.1).

Caleb Scoville. 2017. “‘We Need Social Scientists!’ The Allure and Assumptions of Economistic Optimization in Applied Environmental Science” Science as Culture (26.4).

Caleb Scoville. 2016. “George Orwell and Ecological Citizenship: Moral Agency and Modern Estrangement” Citizenship Studies (20.6-7).

Caleb Scoville. 2015. “Reclaiming Water Politics: California’s Drought and the Eclipse of the Public” Berkeley Journal of Sociology (59).