Robert D. Lifset is the Donald Keith Jones Associate Professor of Honors and History at the University of Oklahoma. He teaches a range of courses focused on American and World environmental and energy history, and his research is focused on the history of energy broadly defined.
His first book, Power on The Hudson: Storm King Mountain & The Emergence of Modern American Environmentalism (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2014), describes the history of a landmark environmental struggle in the Hudson River Valley in the 1960’s and 1970’s, and through that struggle explores how both environmentalism and the utility industry changed during these years. In doing so it uncovers how a significant growth in energy production and consumption sparked an increase in environmental activism in the post-war decades.
Lifset is the editor of American Energy Policy in the 1970’s (University of Oklahoma Press, 2014). Revisiting the last time energy issues came to the forefront of national political discourse, the essays in this volume provide new insight into the energy crisis of that decade, insights with clear implications for our present dilemmas. Among a new generation of energy historians, the authors address questions of political leadership, foreign policy, supply, and demand.
Robert Lifset received his Bachelors degree in History from the University of Chicago and his Ph.D. from Columbia University. He was a Post Doctoral Fellow at the University of Houston and has also taught United States and energy history courses at the University of North Florida.
Robert D. Lifset
Donald Keith Jones Associate Professor of Honors & History
Joe C. and Carole Kerr McClendon Honors College
Boren Hall, 1300 Asp Ave.
University of Oklahoma
Norman, OK 73019