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Peter Soppelsa

OU Dodge Family College of Arts and Sciences, Department of History of Science, Technology and Medicine, The University of Oklahoma wordmark
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Peter Soppelsa

Email: peter(dot)soppelsa(at)ou(dot)edu
Assistant Professor, Department of the History of Science


  • B.A., Philosophy (with High Honors), Oberlin College, 2000
  • Ph.D., History, University of Michigan, 2009
  • Curriculum vitae 2021 (.PDF)

Pete Soppelsa was raised in Kansas. He holds a BA in Philosophy from Oberlin College (2000) and a Ph.D. in History from the University of Michigan (2009). He works in the fields of urban history, environmental history, and the history of technology, informed by attention to theory, method, and interdisciplinary approaches. His research interests include urban infrastructure, envirotech, the Anthropocene, animal studies, mobility studies, and public health in modern European and global histories. He was managing editor of Technology and Culture from 2010 to 2020 and is the co-editor with Suzanne Moon of History of Technology: Critical Readings, 4 vols. (Bloomsbury, 2020). At OU he teaches courses in media history, environmental history, history of technology, and social and ethical issues in STEM. He is also a faculty affiliate in Environmental Studies and a member of the faculty workgroup around the blog Inhabiting the Anthropocene. His personal interests include bikes, cats, hikes, music, and travel.