Richard Samuel Deese

Senior Lecturer, Social Sciences

Teaching Interests

Twentieth century world history

Research Interests

Cold War technologies and global environmentalism

Selected Publications

Books

We Are Amphibians Surf Music

How Democracy Survives. Co-edited with Michael Holm. Routledge, 2023.

Climate Change and the Future of Democracy. Springer, 2018.

Surf Music. Pelekinesis Press, 2017.

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

Book Chapters

“Democracy and the Spectacle of Consent: The Forgotten Promise of the United Nations” in How Democracy Survives: Global Challenges in the Anthropocene. Routledge, 2023. 

“Between Progress and Armageddon: The Stakes of Our Times” in Posthumanism. Michael Bess, ed. Cengage, 2018.

“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.

Articles

“Global poll: 84% believe it is important to have democracy” Democracy Without Borders, June 1st, 2023.

“Einstein Was Right: We Must Democratize the UN” Democracy Without Borders, May 25th, 2020.

“The Gospel of Eve: Francis Bacon, Genesis, and the Telos of Modern Science” November, 2017. Journal for the Study of Religion Nature and Culture 11(4):435-454

“Beyond Brave New World: The Post-Huxleyan Feminism of Elisabeth Mann Borgese” 2017. Aldous Huxley Annual 17: 215-226.

“From World War to World Law: Elisabeth Mann Borgese and the Law of the Sea” Fall, 2016 . World History Bulletin. XXXII (2): 5-9

“Sustainable Development.” in Oxford Bibliographies Online: International Relations. Ed. Cathal Nolan. New York: Oxford University Press, January 2011. http://www.oup.com/online/us/obo/

“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. http://www.editlib.org/p/34916

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

Editorial

Guest Editor, Sustainability, May 18th, 2012.  Special Issue: “Tragedy or Transcendence” Reflections on ‘The Tragedy of the Commons.’” http://www.mdpi.com/journal/sustainability/special_issues/tragedy_transcendence

Encyclopedia Articles

“The Anthropocene” in The Elgar Encyclopedia of Climate Policy. Daniel J. Fiorino, Todd A. Eisenstadt, et al., eds. Edward Elgar Publishing, 2024.

Conference Papers

“Populism is Not the Problem: The Nationalist Roots of Authoritarianism.” Fulbright Canada Colloquium on Contemporary Challenges to Democracy and Democratic Institutions at University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa. October 2023.

“Democracy and the Spectacle of Consent.” Symposium on “How Democracy Survives: the Crises of the Nation State.” Pardee Center for the Study of the Longer-Range Future at Boston University. October 2020.

“Climate Change and the Future of Democracy.” Keynote Address to Center for UN Constitutional Research Climate Justice III Conference. Corfu, Greece. July 2019.

“Beyond Brave New World: The Post-Huxleyan Feminism of Elisabeth Mann Borgese.” Keynote Address to Sixth Annual Aldous Huxley Society Symposium. University of Almería, Spain. April 2017.

Other Professional Activity and/or Awards

Ismael Sensel Award, 2020. College of General Studies at Boston University.

Affiliated Faculty, Institute for Global Sustainability, Boston University

Faculty Research Fellow, 2018-2021Pardee Center for the Study of the Longer-Range Future, Boston University

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.