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West Virginia University Press is pleased to announce Energy and Society, a new book series edited by Brian Black.

Unrestricted by borders, technology, or discipline, the Energy and Society book series seeks to provide a space for the unfettered expansion of the discourse on the human relationship with energy: from the processes of developing fuels to the policies governing them; from the consumers who require energy to the governments that administer and seek it; and from the very way we define the idea of energy to promising frontiers of the future. Books in the series may be organized as specific case studies; however, each will strive to confront larger issues and concepts in the complex, ongoing relationship between energy and society.

Feeding off the development of the environmental humanities and the recognition of the Anthropocene epoch in Earth’s history, the editor and editorial board seek book-length manuscripts that cross national borders as well as boundaries of our understanding of energy in human life. These manuscripts can include more traditional histories of business, politics, policy, environment, labor, technology, diplomacy, and culture, but the series editorial team also encourages submission of work engaged with philosophy, the arts, and the social sciences. 

Series Editor:

Brian Black is a professor in the departments of history and environmental studies at Penn State University, Altoona. He is the author of Crude Reality: Petroleum in World History and Petrolia: The Landscape of Americas First Oil Boom. Black has edited a number of collections and reference works, including Climate Change: An Encyclopedia of Science and History. His book Declaring Our Dependence: The Ecology of Petroleum in Twentieth Century American Life is forthcoming from the University of Chicago Press.

Editorial Advisory Board:

Ann Greene, University of Pennsylvania
Amy Hessl, West Virginia University
Robert Johnson, National University of San Diego

Robert D. Lifset, University of Oklahoma
Martin Melosi, University of Houston
David Nye, University of Southern Denmark 
Martin J. Pasqualetti, Arizona State University
Karen Pinkus, Cornell University
Ruth Sandwell, University of Toronto

Myrna Santiago, St Mary’s College, California
Peter Shulman, Case Western Reserve
Imre Szeman, University of Alberta

For more information:

Authors interested in submitting proposals for consideration should contact Brian Black at or Than Saffel at

saharan winds cover

Saharan Winds
Joanna Allan

photo still from There Will Be Blood of a the back of a man sitting on a stool watching flames erupt some distance in front of him

Transportation and the Culture of Climate Change cover
American Energy Cinema
Edited by Robert Lifset, Raechel
Lutz, and Sarah Stanford-McIntyre

Engaging the Atom cover, four nuclear power cooling towers

Engaging the Atom cover, four nuclear power cooling towers
Engaging the Atom
Edited by Arne Kaijser,
Markku Lehtonen,
Jan-Henrik Meyer, and
Mar Rubio-Varas

Transportation and the Culture of Climate Change cover

Transportation and the Culture of Climate Change cover
Transportation and the Culture of Climate Change
Edited by Tatiana Prorokova-Konrad

Energy Culture
Imre Szeman and Jeff Diamanti


On Petrocultures
Imre Szeman

Oil and Urbanization on the
Pacific Coast

Michael R. Adamson

The Rope Swing

Oil and Nation 
Stephen C. Cote