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Stephen Macekura is a post-doctoral fellow at the Institute for Advanced Studies of Culture. He received his PhD in history from the University of Virginia in May 2013. His scholarly work explores the history of the United States in the world, global environmental history, and the history of political economy. Other interests include the history of international development, civil society, and human rights.
Stephen is currently at work on two book-length projects. The first is a book manuscript entitled Of Limits and Growth: Global Environmentalism and the Rise of ‘Sustainable Development’ in the Twentieth Century. The book chronicles the tensions between economic growth, modernization, and environmental protection worldwide from the late 1940s through the early 1990s. In particular, it charts the rise and evolution of international environmentalism as environmental non-governmental organizations (NGOs) struggled to implement environmental protection measures in the developing world in the 1950s and 1960s and then critiqued and reformed the development approaches of the U.S. government, World Bank, and UN system in the 1970s and 1980s. The second is a book-length project that explores various critiques of “economic growth” since the 1960s by revealing how reformers have challenged and sought to rethink the ways in which the concept of “growth” has been measured.
At the Institute, Stephen works closely with the Program on Culture, Capitalism, and Global Change.
Articles by Stephen Macekura:
- “The Limits of the Global Community: The Nixon Administration and Global Environmental Politics”, Cold War History
- For Fear of Persecution”: Displaced Salvadorans and U.S. Refugee Policy in the 1980s,” The Journal of Policy History
- “The Point Four Program and U.S. International Development Policy,” Political Science Quarterly