Robert Gioielli was a Carson Fellow from September 2010 to November 2010, from March 2011 to May 2011, and from March 2019 to August 2019.
Rob Gioielli is an environmental historian, with a particular interest in the intersections of race, justice, and the urban environment, as well as the critical history of environmentalism. He is currently an associate professor of history at the University of Cincinnati, where he teaches courses in history and environmental studies and directs the Blue Ash College Honors Program. His first book explored how the American environmental justice movement emerged from protests and organizing by poor, working class and minority urbanites in the 1960s and 1970s in response to the active destruction of their homes, neighborhoods, and communities. After writing a history of environmentalism from the bottom up, he explored it from the top down, spending a few years researching environmental philanthropy, as well as the culture and politics of international wildlife conservation. His new project brings him back to American cities, and the Rachel Carson Center, to explore how racism has shaped the landscape of metropolitan America and is one of the unrecognized drivers of the climate crisis.
:Hard Asphalt and Heavy Metals: An Environmental History of the Urban Crisis Film Interview with Robert Gioielli