McFarlane, Wallace

Field: United States; Advisor: Jacoby; Year: 2014

Wallace ‘Scot’ McFarlane is a Ph.D candidate in history at Columbia University.  His dissertation on the lower half of the Trinity River extends from its development as a plantation region to its attempted colonization by Texas’ booming metropolitan regions in the middle of the twentieth century.  This framework allows for an exploration of rivers, the relationship between cities and the countryside, and a better understanding of the nature of Texas politics.  
Scot’s research blog, CV, and extensive book summaries can be found on his personal website: 


“Oil on the Farm: The East Texas Oil Boom and the Origins of an Energy Economy,” Journal of Southern History 83 (November 2017) 
“Defining a Nuisance: Pollution, Science, and Environmental Politics on Maine’s Androscoggin River,” Environmental History 17 (April 2012).


In addition to teaching in the history department, Scot previously taught writing and history at high schools in Oregon and Massachusetts, and currently serves as the Lead Teaching Fellow for the history department through Columbia’s Center for Teaching and Learning.  Scot has been involved in developing several public history projects online, gives public talks on his research, and regularly leads history tours of New York City.