Richard Samuel Deese

Richard DeeseLecturer of Social Sciences


BA History, University of California, Berkeley
MA History, University of Oregon
MA Creative Writing, Boston University
PhD History, Boston University

Teaching interests: Twentieth Century World History

Research interests: Cold War technologies and global environmentalism

Selected publications:


We Are Amphibians

We Are Amphibians: Julian & Aldous Huxley on the Future of Our Species. University of California Press, 2014.

Forthcoming: Our Spherical Oasis: Climate Change, Democracy and the Global Commons.  Springer Verlag. 2017.

“Twilight of Utopias: Julian & Aldous Huxley in the Twentieth Century” in the Journal for the Study of Religion, Nature and Culture. Vol. 5, No. 2. June 2011.

“Sustainable Development.” in Oxford Bibliographies Online: International Relations. Ed. Cathal Nolan. New York: Oxford University Press, January 2011.

“The New Ecology of Power: Julian Huxley and Aldous Huxley in the Cold War Era” in Environmental Histories of the Cold War. J. R. McNeill and Corinna Unger, eds. Cambridge University Press, 2010, Pages 279-300.

“Teaching History with Blogs – A Case Study of Student Engagement.” Kumar, S. & Deese, R. S.  In Proceedings of World Conference on Educational Multimedia, Hypermedia and Telecommunications 2010 (pp. 2011-2016). Chesapeake, VA: AACE.

“The Artifact of Nature: ‘Spaceship Earth’ and the dawn of global environmentalism” Endeavour, Volume 33, Issue 2, June 2009, Pages 70-75.

Guest Editor, Sustainability, May 18th, 2012.  Special Issue: “Tragedy or Transcendence” Reflections on ‘The Tragedy of the Commons.'”

Other professional activity and/or awards:

Excellence in Teaching Award Nominee, Northeastern University, Spring 2011.

Humanities Foundation Award, Boston University Humanities Foundation, 2007.

Engelbourg Travel Fellowship, Boston University Department of History, 2006.