Mark R. Stoll

Environmental Historian

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About Mark Stoll

Mark Stoll teaches environmental history and the history of religion. He is an avid hiker and backpacker, a traveler, a fan of rock and classical music, a student of languages, and a professor of history at Texas Tech University. He just finished writing an environmental history of capitalism. Stoll has degrees from Rice University and the University of Texas at Austin. Between degrees, he lived in San Francisco and traveled a year in India and Sri Lanka.

For the 40th anniversary of the journal Environmental History, the editors selected Stoll's "Milton in Yosemite: Paradise Lost and the National Parks Idea" for a list of "path-breaking scholarship that has shaped our field."

Selected publications

Forthcoming Book

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Profit: An Environmental History

Polity, 2022

Forthcoming Chapter

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"Protestantism, Environmentalism, and Limits to Growth"

in The Cambridge Companion to Christianity and the Environment, ed. by Alexander J. B. Hampton and Douglas Hedley, Cambridge University Press, 2022


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"Green Calvinism: Reformed Protestant Origins of Western Environmentalism"

in Natural Communions, ed. by Gabriel R. Ricci, Routledge, 2019


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"The Other Scientific Revolution: Calvinist Scientists and the Origins of Ecology"

in After the Death of Nature: Carolyn Merchant and the Future of Human-Nature Relations, ed. by Kenneth Worthy, Elizabeth Allison, Whitney A. Bauman, Routledge, 2018


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"Sinners in the Hands of an Ecological Crisis: Lynn White's Environmental Jeremiad"

in Religion and Ecological Crisis: The "Lynn White Thesis" at Fifty, ed. by Todd LeVasseur and Anna Peterson, Routledge, 2016


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"Les influences religieuses sur le mouvement écologiste français"

in Une protection de la nature et de l’environnement à la française,
ed. by Charles-François Mathis and Jean-François Mouhot, Éditions Champ Vallon, 2013


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"Rachel Carson: The Presbyterian Genesis of a Nature Writer" and "Edward Osborne Wilson: The Gospel According to Sociobiology"

in Eminent Lives in Twentieth-Century Science and Religion, ed. by Nicolaas Rupke, 2nd ed., Peter Lang, 2009


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"Religion and American Wilderness"

in American Wilderness: A New History, ed. by Michael Lewis, Oxford University Press, 2007

Edited book

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"To Love the Wind and the Rain": Essays in African American Environmental History

ed. by Dianne Glave and Mark Stoll, University of Pittsburgh Press, 2005


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Protestantism, Capitalism, and Nature in America

University of New Mexico Press, 1997

Edited series

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Nature and Human Societies

ABC-Clio, 2005–2008


Visits to iconic places in environmental and religious history

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6 May 2018
Swedenborgian Church of San Francisco

Built 1895 by Rev. Joseph Worcester with contributions by Bernard Maybeck, William Keith, Gustav Stickley, and others

29 May-11 June, 2016
England and Scotland

John Knox, Richard Mather, William Wordsworth, John Muir, and John Lennon

27 June 2014

The Wall of the Reformation
Geneva, Switzerland

21-24 May 2012
Cradle of Conservation

The Catskills, the Adirondacks, Woodstock (Vt.), and Northampton

28 & 30 March 2012
Wisconsin's Environmental Saints

John Muir country, Marquette County, and Aldo Leopold's Shack in Sand County

September 2008
Kings Canyon National Park

Muir Pass on the John Muir Trail


Blog Posts, Interviews, and Video Lectures

2019 2016 2015

Reviews of Inherit the Holy Mountain