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David S Stradling

Title: Associate Dean for Humanities, Zane L. Miller Professor of History
Office: 370A McMicken Hall
Tel: 513-556-2057
Email: david.stradling@uc.edu

David Stradling has taught urban and environmental history at the University of Cincinnati since 2000. He 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.

David's 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 most recent book concerns the Cuyahoga River and industrial Cleveland. He has just completed work on a history of the University of Cincinnati and will now turn his attention to a global history of dredging.

He commutes to campus on foot through Burnet Woods.


  • PhD, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1996.

Research Information

Research Support

  • (PI), Stradling, David, University of Cincinnati Next Generation Humanities PhD Planning Grant , National Endowment for the Humanities. (ZA-250684-16), $24,979.00. 08/01/2016 to 07/31/2017. Status: Active.



  • 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)
  • Where the River Burned: Carl Stokes and the Struggle to Save Cleveland (Cornell UP, 2015), with Richard Stradling.

Experience & Service

Work Experience

  • 2010Professor, University of Cincinnati, Department of History.
  • 2004 to 2010, Associate Professor, University of Cincinnati, Department of History.
  • 2000 to 2004, Assistant Professor, University of Cincinnati, Department of History.
  • 1999 to 2000, Assistant Professor, NJIT-Rutgers-Newark, Federated Department of History.

Courses Taught

  • History of Cincinnati

  • Twentieth-Century American Cities

  • Global Environmental History

  • Twentieth-Century American Environmental History