The following is a list of recent courses on energy from scholars in a wide range of disciplines in the social sciences and humanities—geography, anthropology, political science, history, environmental studies, religious studies, performance studies and English.  The initial list was compiled by polling recent participants in CENHS workshops, symposia, and social networks.

We’d love to see the list grow. Please e-mail us to add your syllabus.

2019 CENHS Fellows with Sara Wylie, “Extraction”

Joanna Allan, Durham University, “Capitalism, Colonialism and Climate: An Introduction to the Energy Humanities”

Krista Comer, Rice University, “Literatures of Environmental Justice”

Gökçe Günel, Columbia University, “Social Studies of Energy”

Cymene Howe, Rice University, “The Social Life of Clean Energy”

Matthew Huber, Syracuse University, “The Geography of Oil”

Matthew Huber, Syracuse University, “Energy, History and Society”

Kairn Klieman, University of Houston, “Africa and the Oil Industry”

Kyhl Lyndgaard, St. John’s College, “Generators: The Literature of Energy”

Martin Melosi, University of Houston, “Atomic Age America and the World”

Cyrus Mody, Rice University, “The Cold War and Climate Change”

Marina Peterson, Ohio University, “Sound”

Marina Peterson, Ohio University, “Energy”

Marina Peterson, Ohio University, “Culture, Energy, and Environment”

Lisa Sideris, Indiana University, “Pleasure, Pain, and Peak Oil”

Imre Szeman, University of Alberta, “Resource Culture: Oil in Fiction and Theory”

Matthew Schneider-Mayerson, Rice University, “Culture, Energy and the Environment: An Introduction to Energy Humanities”

Noah Toly, Wheaton College, “Politics of Technology”

Derek Woods, ENST 202: Culture, Energy, and Environment


  1. Justin Linds
    December 11, 2016

    Hiya —

    The syllabus for Kyhl Lyndgaard, St. John’s College, “Generators: The Literature of Energy” is a broken link. Is there a way this can be repaired? Keen to see the syllabus!


    • Clint Wilson III
      January 5, 2017

      Hey Justin,

      Thanks for letting us know! We’re going to get to work on it and hopefully track down the original file. We’ll let you know as soon as we have something!


    • Kyhl Lyndgaard
      June 12, 2017

      I’ll forward the syllabus to CENHS today. Just saw this comment and broken link today.
      Kyhl Lyndgaard
      College of Saint Benedict / Saint John’s University


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