|Name J. McNeill|
|Parents William H. McNeill|
|Education Duke University (1981), Swarth College|
Awards Guggenheim Fellowship for Natural Sciences, US & Canada
Books human web, Something new under the sun, Mosquito Empires: Ecology a, The mountains of the Me, Atlantic empires of France a
Similar People William H McNeill, Verena Winiwarter, Alf Hornborg, Carolyn Merchant, Shepard Krech III
John Robert McNeill (born October 6, 1954) is an American environmental historian, author, and professor at Georgetown University. He is best known for authoring Something New Under the Sun: An Environmental History of the Twentieth-century World.
- Life and career
- Selected books
- Selected publications in peer reviewed journals
- Awards and honors
Life and career
McNeill was born in Chicago, Illinois. His father is the noted University of Chicago historian William H. McNeill, with whom he co-authored the book, The Human Web: A Bird's-eye View of World History (New York: Norton, 2003).
J. R. McNeill received his BA from Swarthmore College in 1975, then went on to Duke University where he completed his MA (1977) and PhD (1981). In 1985 he became a faculty member at Georgetown University, where he serves in both the History Department and the Walsh School of Foreign Service. From 2003 to 2006, he held the Cinco Hermanos Chair in Environmental History and International Affairs, until his appointment as University Professor. He has held two Fulbright Awards, a Guggenheim fellowship, a MacArthur Grant, and a fellowship at the Woodrow Wilson Center. He was president of the American Society for Environmental History (2011–13) and headed the Research Division of the American Historical Association, as one of its three Vice-Presidents (2012–15).
McNeill has published more than 50 scholarly articles in professional and scientific journals. McNeill's most well-known work is Something New Under the Sun: An Environmental History of the Twentieth-century World, which documents the dramatic ways humankind has changed the Earth. The book won the 2000 World History Association Book Prize, the Forest Society book prize, among other awards, and has been translated into nine languages.
His other books include The Atlantic Empires of France and Spain, 1700-1765 (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1985); Atlantic American Societies from Columbus through Abolition (co-edited, London: Routledge, 1992); The Mountains of the Mediterranean World: An Environmental History (New York: Cambridge University Press, 1992); The Environmental History of the Pacific World (edited, London: Variorum, 2001); the Encyclopedia of World Environmental History (co-edited, New York: Routledge, 2003); The Human Web: A Bird's-eye View of World History (New York: Norton, 2003), which he co-authored with his father William H. McNeill; Rethinking Environmental History: World System History and Global Environmental Change (co-edited, AltaMira Press, 2007), Environmental Histories of the Cold War (co-edited, New York: Cambridge University Press, 2010); The Cambridge World History vol 7a: Structures, Spaces, and Boundary-making (Cambridge University Press, 2015, co-edited with Ken Pomeranz); and The Cambridge World History vol 7b: Shared Transformations (Cambridge University Press 2015, co-edited with Ken Pomeranz).
McNeill's latest book, co-authored with Peter Engelke, is The Great Acceleration: An Environmental History of the Anthropocene since 1945. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 2016, ' He is working on an environmental history of the Industrial Revolution.