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Faculty & Staff Profile

David S Stradling

Title:  Professor
Office:  370A McMicken Hall
Tel: 513-556-2057

David Stradling has taught urban and environmental history at the University of Cincinnati since 2000. Stradling received his PhD from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1996, after having earned a BA and MAT from Colgate University. He taught for two years at the New Jersey Institute of Technology in Newark, New Jersey, before moving to Cincinnati.

His research has focused on urban environmental history, including the struggle to improve air quality and the many ways in which urbanization has influenced rural America. His current work concerns the Cuyahoga River and industrial Cleveland.

He commutes to campus on foot through Burnet Woods.


PhD, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1996.

Positions & Work Experience

2010-, Professor, University of Cincinnati, Department of History.

2004-2010, Associate Professor, University of Cincinnati, Department of History.

2000-2004, Assistant Professor, University of Cincinnati, Department of History.

1999-2000, Assistant Professor, NJIT-Rutgers-Newark, Federated Department of History.


Making Mountains: New York City and the Catskills (University of Washington Press, 2007)

Smokestacks and Progressives: Environmentalists, Engineers, and Air Quality in America, 1881-1951 (Johns Hopkins University Press, 1999)

Conservation in the Progressive Era: Classic Texts (University of Washington Press, 2004)

The Nature of New York: An Environmental History of the Empire State (Cornell University Press, 2010)

The Environmental Moment, 1968-1972 (University of Washington Press, 2012)

Courses Taught

History of Cincinnati.

Twentieth-Century American Cities.

Environmental History of North America to 1900.

Twentieth-Century American Environmental History.