Robert Gioielli was a Carson Fellow from September 2010 to November 2010 and from March 2011 to May 2011.
Robert Gioielli is a historian of modern America with a specific interest in how the perception and experience of the urban environment has shaped social movements, politics, and policy. He received his PhD from the University of Cincinnati in 2008, and has taught previously at Towson University in Towson, Maryland.
While at the Center he was working on a manuscript entitled ''Hard Asphalt and Heavy Metals: An Environmental History of the Urban Crisis.'' This project explores how the experience of living in decaying urban environments was the catalyst for a significant amount of activism in American cities, and how this activism was an important connection between environmentalism and other postwar social movements.
RCC Research Project: Hard Asphalt and Heavy Metals: An Environmental History of the Urban Crisis (pdf, 17 KB)
- “Get the Lead Out: Environmental Politics in 1970s St. Louis.” Journal of Urban History 36 (May 2010): 429-446.
- “‘How Can Any Community be Expected to Accept Such a Scar?’: The Movement Against Destruction and Environmental Activism in Postwar Baltimore.” In Common Ground, Converging Gazes: Integrating the Social and Environmental in History, edited by Genevieve Massard-Guilbaud and Stephen Mosley. Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, forthcoming 2011.
- “‘We Must Destroy You To Save You:' Highway Construction and the City as a Modern Commons.” In "New Approaches to Enclosures." Special issue, Radical History Review, no. 109 (2011): 62-82.