Caleb Pennington

Doctoral Candidate

Drop-in hours: by appointment only

Caleb Pennington is a doctoral candidate in the History Department at the University of Iowa. His fields of interest are American environmental history, legal history, American public policy, and African American history. Pennington is currently working on completing his dissertation which examines the negative cultural perception that labor unions and members of the working class have of environmentalists, and how that perception was coopted by industry leaders in the 1970s and 1980s.

Pennington is also completed a 2022 Summer Fellowship with the Digital Scholarship and Publishing Studio. His project examined the diaspora created by climate-change related events and he is in the process of developing a digital storymap which will show the migration routes of communities which were displaced by climate related events in the 20th century. Pennington has also been a teaching assistant for various courses at the University of Iowa and Boston College, including Globalization I and II, Atlantic Worlds I and II, African American History I and II, and U.S. History 1877-present.



  • “The Right to Traditional Life: the Struggle for Native Hunting and Fishing Rights.” Mountaineer Undergraduate Research Review, (2014).


  • Review of “Nature’s Diplomats: Science, Internationalism, and Preservation, 1920-1960,” by Raf de Bonte Forthcoming in Environment and History Journal. 

Awards and service

  • William O. Aydelotte Scholarship (2022)
  • Graduate College Post-Comprehensive Research Fellowship (2022)
  • Digital Scholarship and Publishing Studio Summer Fellowship (2022)
  • Humanities for the Public Good Internship, Obermann Center (2021)
Research areas
  • 20th Century Legal History
Caleb Pennington

380F Schaeffer Hall (SH)
Iowa City, IA 52242
United States