The History Department is proud to announce that History MA alumnus, Gabriel Lee ’08, has received the Cassius Marcellus Clay Postdoctoral Fellowship in United States Environmental History at Yale.
Gabriel’s History Master’s thesis, written under the guidance of Dr. Matthew Booker, explored the history of ecological and social change on the North Carolina Outer Banks. After graduating from NC State, Gabriel went on to Stanford University where he completed his PhD in 2019.
Gabriel’s dissertation, Concrete Dreams: The Second Nature of American Progressivism, examines the many purposes to which Americans put Portland cement concrete over the first half of the twentieth century, making it by century’s end the most common human-made material on earth. His study is, like its subject, a conglomerate: it integrates environmental history, the history of technology, social history, the history of labor, and political economy to tell a new narrative of American progressivism that centers on the built environment as a mode of reform politics.
Learn more about the Cassius Marcellus Clay Postdoctoral Fellowship in US Environmental History HERE.