Caleb Scoville

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Research Interests: 
environmental politics (especially water issues and endangered species recovery), "nature" as a cultural category, STS, 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 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; and another on political rationalities of groundwater management (with Razvan Amironesei).
Other research topics (past and present) include "ecological citizenship" as a political theoretical concept (2016 in Citizenship Studies); the concept of nature in the history of philosophy (with Razvan Amironesei, Ike Sharpless, Jacob Hellman, and Olivier Clain); the relationship between weather patterns and global warming attitudes (with Adam Storer); an analysis of extant applications of field theory (with Neil Fligstein); and sovereign credit ratings and moral classifications (with Marion Fourcade).
I earned my M.A. in sociology at UC Berkeley in 2016, and expect to complete my Ph.D. in 2020. Before enrolling at Berkeley, I was a graduate student in the Department of Political Science at the University of California, San Diego where I earned an M.A., passing exams in political theory, 20th and 21st century political and social thought, and comparative politics with distinction. I earned my B.A. summa cum laude in political science and economics from Portland State University.


Published work:

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]