Ellen Spears, "'Beyond All Decency': Race, Pollution, and Justice in an All-American Town."
Ellen Griffith Spears teaches in the interdisciplinary New College and the Department of American Studies at the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa. Her research focuses on environmental and civil rights history of the U.S. South in a global context, with an emphasis on social studies of science, technology, and public health activism. Her book, Baptized in PCBs: Race, Pollution, and Justice in an All-American Town (University of North Carolina Press, 2014), chronicles battles over industrial pollution and military toxics—including secretly stockpiled Cold War era chemical weapons—in Anniston, Alabama. The book was awarded the 2014 Arthur J. Viseltear Prize in public health history from the Medical Care Section of the American Public Health Association.