Abeer Saha

M.A./Ph.D. Student
Graduate Environmental Resilience Fellow
Editor-in-Chief, Essays in History

Field & Specialties

History of Technology & Capitalism
American History Since 1865
Global Health & Environmental History
Advisers: W. B. Carlson & Brian Balogh


B.S. Mechanical Engineering with Engineering Business Minor

Graduated with High Distinction in 2013

University of Virginia, School of Engineering and Applied Science


Book Review:

Abeer Saha, Review of “Technology and the Search for progress in Modern Mexico,” by Edward Beatty, World History Bulletin (Fall 2016)


Undergraduate Thesis:

Abeer Saha, "Detoxifying Divinity: Science, Religion, and the River Yamuna of North India," Journal of Environmental Research and Development 10 (3) (Jan-Mar 2016): 565-575.

Current Research

Blinding Uncertainties: At the Heart of Denial During the Ozone Crisis, 1974-89 

Identifying and understanding the mechanisms and the language of “denialism” is crucial to environmental mitigation in an age of climate change. The depletion of the ozone layer from man-made chemicals, called CFCs, was the subject of such denial during the 1970s and 80s. Members of the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE), were at the forefront of this denialism.  My research studies their rhetoric and response to the ozone crisis in order to understand the motivations that lay at the heart of their denial. I argue that technological optimism catalyzed by a rhetoric of scientific “uncertainty” spurred the industry into denial and blinded them to the environmental impact of their technology.

Awards & Honors

Graduate Environmental Resilience Fellowship (2016-2017)                               

Raven Society Fellowship (2016-2017)                                                                         

Courses Taught

Global History (TA) - Fall 2016

War & Society in the 20th Century (TA) - Spring 2017

Corcoran Department of History
University of Virginia
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Charlottesville, VA 22904


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