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Matthew Klingle F'04

Matthew Klingle

Associate Professor
History and Environmental Studies (joint app't.)
Bowdoin College
last updated: 11/22/17

ACLS Fellowship Program 2004
Professor Klingle has been designated an ACLS/Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Junior Faculty Fellow.
Assistant Professor
History and Environmental Studies (joint app't.)
Bowdoin College
Urban by Nature: Seattle and the Making of the American Environmental Metropolis

Urban by Nature combines environmental, social, and cultural history to analyze why Americans see cities and nature in conflict. Contrary to current attitudes, 19th-century Americans considered urbanization as a process for improving nature. Trained experts, from engineers to landscape architects, believed that finishing nature through public works projects released its regenerative properties to advance reform. As a result, they created an environmental metropolis, a fusion of artifice and nature that could be manipulated to produce both consumer goods and civic unity. But while these changes benefited some, they also spawned ecological instability and social inequality, triggering resistance from poor and minorities in Seattle that ultimately split nature from urban life.

Publications

Emerald City: An Environmental History of Seattle.
Emerald City: An Environmental History of Seattle. Yale University Press, 2007.