Justin McBrien


Field & Specialties

Environmental History, Modern U.S., Climate Change, Extinction Studies


University of Virginia, M.A.

University of Pennsylvania, B.A.


"How Farmers Convinced Scientists to Take Climate Change Seriously," The Washington Post, August 27, 2017.


"Accumulating Extinction: Planetary Catastrophism in the Necrocene,” in Anthropocene or Capitalocene? Nature, History, and the Crisis of Capitalism. Edited by Jason W. Moore. San Francisco, CA: PM Press, 2016.

Current Research

Dissertation: Making the World Safe For Disaster: Nuclear Weapons Testing and the Politics of Climate Change, 1945-1974.

Advisor: Brian Balogh.

Courses Taught

The Anthropocene?  Climate Change and Global History, Winter 2018.

The Second World War, Fall 2017

Global Environmental History, Summer 2015


Corcoran Department of History
University of Virginia
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Charlottesville, VA 22904


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