Caleb Scoville

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Research Interests: 
environmental politics, knowledge, STS, morality, economic sociology, political sociology, culture, theory
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I am a doctoral student in the Department of Sociology at the University of California, Berkeley, where I study environmental politics. I will be a Berkeley Empirical Legal Studies Fellow at the Center for the Study of Law and Society for the 2017-18 academic year.
I am interested in how "nature" is configured and deployed as a cultural, moral, and political category. My primary empirical focus is the politics and science of water management and endangered species conservation in California. I have three active research projects on this topic: one historical project on the relationship between biological taxonomic knowledge and shifting human-nonhuman relations; one on how environmental scientists manage the division of intellectual labor between instrumental and substantive rationality (2017 in Science as Culture); and another on political rationalities of groundwater management (with Razvan Amironesei). My article, "Hydraulic Society and a 'Stupid Little Fish': Toward a Historical Ontology of the Nonhuman" was awarded the 2017 American Sociological Association Animals and Society Section’s Jane Goodall Award for Distinguished Graduate Student Scholarship and the 2017 Herbert Blumer Prize for the best paper written by a UC Berkeley sociology graduate student. I hold an M.A. in sociology from UC Berkeley, an M.A. in political science from UC San Diego, and a B.A. in political science and economics from Portland State University.


Published And Forthcoming Work:

Scoville, Caleb and Neil Fligstein. “The Promise of Field Theory for the Study of Political Institutions,” Prepared for the Volume, The New Handbook of Political Sociology: States, Parties, Movements, Citizenship and Globalization edited by Thomas Janoski, Cedric DeLeon, Joy Misra, and Isaac Martin, Cambridge University Press (Forthcoming 2018).

Scoville, Caleb. “‘We Need Social Scientists!’ The Allure and Assumptions of Economistic Optimization in Applied Environmental Science.” Science as Culture 26.4 Science as Culture 26.4 (2017). [read online]

Scoville, Caleb. “George Orwell and Ecological Citizenship: Moral Agency and Modern Estrangement.” Citizenship Studies 20 (2016): 830-845. [read online]

Scoville, Caleb. “Reclaiming Water Politics: California’s Drought and the Eclipse of the Public.” Berkeley Journal of Sociology 59 (2015): 35-43. [read online] [republished by The Hampton Institute]