Stephen  Macekura

Stephen Macekura

Assistant Professor, International Studies

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  • Ph.D., History, University of Virginia, 2013
  • M.A., History, University of Virginia, 2008
  • B.A., Dartmouth College, 2006


I am a scholar of U.S. and international history, with a particular focus on political economy, international development, U.S. foreign relations, and environmentalism. My first book, Of Limits and Growth: The Rise of Global ‘Sustainable Development’ in the Twentieth Century, has just been published by Cambridge University Press. It analyzes how environmental NGOs struggled to implement environmental protection measures in the developing world in the 1950s and 1960s and then critiqued and reformed the development policies of the U.S. government, World Bank, and UN system in the 1970s and 1980s.

I am beginning research on a second book project. This book explores various critiques of economic growth since the 1960s by revealing how reformers have challenged and sought to rethink the ways in which the concept of “growth” has been defined, assessed, and measured.

In addition to these book projects, I have also published articles and essays in edited volumes, periodicals, and scholarly journals on topics such as U.S. foreign policy, the origins of international development, and environmental policy and politics.