Caleb Scoville

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Research Interests: 
environmental politics (endangerment/extinction, water, climate change, anthropocene), science, knowledge, technology, morality, law, political economy, theory
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I am a doctoral candidate in the Department of Sociology and a Berkeley Empirical Legal Studies Fellow at the Center for the Study of Law and Society at the University of California, Berkeley. I study how “nature” is constituted as a moral and political object in the context of water management and endangered species conservation in California. 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. My research has been published or is forthcoming in Theory and SocietyTheory, Culture and SocietyScience as Culture, Citizenship Studies, Ethics, Policy, and EnvironmentThe Berkeley Journal of Sociology, and The New Handbook of Political Sociology (Cambridge University Press, 2018). Additional research is under review.

Published And Forthcoming Work:

Scoville, Caleb. “Hydraulic Society and ‘A Stupid Little Fish': Toward a Historical Ontology of the Nonhuman” (Accepted with Changes at Theory and Society)

  • Jane Goodall Award for Graduate Student Scholarship, Animals & Society Section, American Sociological Association
  • Herbert Blumer Prize for Best Paper Written by a Berkeley Sociology Student
  • Leo Lowenthal Prize, awarded to a UC Berkeley graduate student whose research is in the spirit of Professor Lowenthal’s work

Amironesei, Razvan and Caleb Scoville (Equal Authorship). “Groundwater in California: From a Juridical and Biopolitical Object to a Political Physics of Vital Processes” (Accepted with Minor Revisions at Theory, Culture and Society)

Amironesei, Razvan and Caleb Scoville (Equal Authorship). “Opposing California’s WaterFix: The Trump Administration and the Future of Environmental Advocacy.” Ethics, Policy, and Environment 21.1 (2018). [read online]

Scoville, Caleb and Neil Fligstein. “The Promise of Field Theory for the Study of Political Institutions.” In 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 (2017). [read online]

Scoville, Caleb. “George Orwell and Ecological Citizenship: Moral Agency and Modern Estrangement.” Citizenship Studies 20.6-7 (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]