Ronald E. Doel

Associate Professor of History
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Contact Information

Office Location
Bellamy 438

Ronald E. Doel teaches the history of science and technology, as well as environmental policy.  He is currently working on several projects on science in twentieth century America. A new book-in-progress explores the rise of the physical environmental sciences, including the influence of U.S. military patronage in shaping earth sciences research during the Cold War. He is also writing a related book-length study on the integration of scientists into U.S. foreign policy during the twentieth century.
Doel's research also involves historical methodology. With Pamela M. Henson (Smithsonian Institution) he is writing a new book on historical photographs as evidence in writing the history of nineteenth and twentieth century science, which simultaneously explores how photographs shaped popular impressions of science in America. His writings span the fields of history of science, environmental history, diplomatic history, oral history, and historical geography.


Research Interests

History of Recent Science; Environmental History; International Relations; Circumpolar Arctic

Undergraduate courses:

History of Science
Energy: A History
A History of Space
Technology & Change
Environmental Policy
Cold War Science & Technology