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Stephanie Capaldo

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Dr. Capaldo is an interdisciplinary lecturer in Public & Environmental Humanities and Sustainability Studies. Her research explores the intersections of environmental justice, sustainability, and corporate social responsibility. She designs and coordinates the Public Humanities curriculum and serves on the University Sustainability Governance Council and Green Finance Sub-committee. She often collaborates with community partners in state and city humanities and sustainability programs, as well as environmental NGOs and sustainability consulting firms. Dr. Capaldo chose a career in interdisciplinary Sustainability research and education after over a decade of research in environmental justice and community engagement work. More recently she expanded on her sustainability focus in the humanities and law to include ethical business practices; specifically, ESG analysis and Impact Finance.

Dr. Capaldo has presented her research at numerus national and international conferences, including the European Society for Environmental History, Understanding Sustainability: Perspectives from the Humanities, the National Humanities Conference, American Society for Environmental History, and others. She has also published in academic journals and anthologies, including “Enduring Legacies of the Copper Borderlands: Tensions between Historical, Cultural and Environmental Sustainability,” Sustainability: The Journal of Record, and won the C.L. Sonnichsen Award for “Smoke and Mirrors: Smelter Pollution and the Construction of Arizona Identity in the Late 20th-Century,” Journal of Arizona History.

Dr. Capaldo holds a Ph.D. in Environmental History and doctoral minor in Environmental Law from the University of Arizona and received her undergraduate B.A. in History from the University of Delaware.  She is a member of the International Society of Sustainability Professionals and currently an MBA Candidate in Sustainability at Prescott College. She is passionate about using humanities research to inform economic strategies that can solve momentous social and environmental challenges and has completed Duke University’s Impact Measurement & Management for the SDGs Certificate program.


  • Ph.D., History. Doctoral Minor in Environmental Legal Studies. University of Arizona, 2013
  • M.A., History. Northern Arizona University, 2009.
  • B.A., History. Minor in Cultural Geography. University of Delaware, 2003.


  • Environmental Justice
  • Public Humanities
  • Sustainability
  • Circular Economy

Recent Publications

  • “Enduring Legacies of the Copper Borderlands: Tensions Between Historical, Cultural, and Environmental Sustainability.” Sustainability: The Journal of Record 8, no. 6 (December 2015): 306-12.
  • “Smoke and Mirrors: Smelter Pollution and the Construction of Arizona Identity in the Late 20th-Century.” Journal of Arizona History 54, no. 3 (Fall 2013): 237-63. *C.L. Sonnichsen Award Winner for Best Article of 2013
  • “Lady Gaga, Whiteness, and the Politics of ‘Post-Racial’ America.” (co-authored)