Critical Environments: Nature, Science, and Politics

The Critical Environments series will publish books that explore the political forms of life and ecologies that emerge from histories of capitalism, militarism, racism, colonialism and more.  We seek to produce books that unsettle everyday assumptions about the environment through their attentiveness to the politics and practices that are both producing contemporary environmental conditions and which are attentive to the new emergent natures, ecologies, and aftermaths that are populating and re-making everyday environments.

The series’ notion of “the environment” is capacious in that all manner of ecologies (industrial, agricultural, electronic, parasitic, biophysical, queer, physiological, urban and more) are fair game and the series commitment to articulating the political nature of their formations is unapologetic. In this series we presume that nature is not a preformed backdrop, the character of which is revealed uncritically by scientific practice. Rather, science and nature are themselves vibrant and contested elements of our environmental politics. As such Critical Environments books will address the histories of these modern ecologies, their entanglements with landscapes and institutions, the politics of their production, and material consequences of their manifestations and the emergent possibilities and tensions of living with and within profoundly altered ecologies.  We believe this critical approach to environmental politics deserves detailed and rigorous attention and a disciplinarily promiscuous platform.

The Critical Environments series publishes monographs that are both empirically rich and conceptually rigorous, with an emphasis on the specificity of historical and ethnographic analysis. We hope to support critical research at the intersection of nature, science, and politics in fields and approaches from Geography, Feminist Studies, Anthropology, Sociology, Postcolonial Theory, American Studies, Environmental History, Critical Theories of Race, Science and Technology Studies and beyond. While we expect every book in this series to engage the relations among nature, science, and politics in a rigorous manner, we also expect each book to be accessibly written, with deep empirical grounding that gives it not just academic, but broadly intellectual interest.

Proposal Submission Procedures

A complete submission to the Critical Environments book series will include 1) a cover letter describing the project, its relevance to the series and the anticipated length and date of completion, 2) A prospectus with detailed chapter outlinea nd in a book proposal of no more than 4,000 words, 3) your CV, and 4) one or two sample chapters. Please refer to the UC Press website for general book proposal elements. In addition, note that for book proposasl for the Critical Environments series the following items should be included: a market considerations section with discussion of pedagogical applications and innovative marketing ideas.

The Critical Environments series editors and advisory board will review submissions and may request additional material before recommendation to UC Press editorial review. Submissions will be accepted on a rolling basis, but for full consideration in the initial publication cycle. Please email submissions and any questions to all the series editors.

Series Editors:


Series Advisory Board:

  • Samer Alatout, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Bruce Braun, University of Minnesota
  • Carolyn Finney, University of Kentucky
  • Joe Masco, University of Chicago
  • Becky Mansfield, The Ohio State University
  • Donald Moore, U.C. Berkeley
  • Linda Nash, University of Washington
  • Scott Prudham, University of Toronto 
  • Morgan Robertson, University of Wisconsin-Madison

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Germ Wars: The Politics of Microbes and America's Landscape of Fear

Melanie Armstrong
Critical Environments: Nature, Science, and Politics, 2
$34.95, £27.95 Paperback
January 2017
$85.00, £70.95 Hardcover
January 2017

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$29.95, £24.95 Paperback
October 2016
$85.00, £70.95 Hardcover
October 2016