Matthew Huber wins Maxwell School’s Moynihan Award

Huber,-MatthewMatthew Huber, assistant professor of geography, has received the 2014 Daniel Patrick Moynihan Award for Teaching and Research.  The award, established in 1985 by former senator and Maxwell faculty member Daniel Patrick Moynihan, is made annually to an outstanding untenured Maxwell School faculty member. 

Huber completed a PhD in geography at Clark University in 2009 and joined the Maxwell faculty in 2010.  Drawing on his interdisciplinary background in geography, sociology, and economics, his research focuses on the relationship between oil and American politics, the political economy of mineral extraction, and the industrial ecologies of agricultural fertilizers.

In 2013, Huber published Lifeblood: Oil, Freedom, and the Forces of Capital (University of Minnesota), which received the 2014 James Blaut Award from the Association of American Geographers’ (AAG) Cultural and Political Ecology Specialty Group.  Huber has published in journals including the Annals of the Association of American Geographers, Economic Geography, Political Geography, and the Journal of American Studies.  He serves on the editorial board of the journal Capitalism Nature Socialism and recently completed a term as chair of the AAG’s Energy and Environment Specialty Group.

Beyond his research into the politics of energy production and consumption, Huber has played key roles in Maxwell.  He teaches undergraduate courses in topics from global political economy to energy, history, and society, as well as graduate seminars on neoliberalism and the political economy of nature.  He is a faculty affiliate in International Relations and has worked closely with campus initiatives related to university governance and equity.  Huber currently leads the Labor Studies working group and contributed to the development of the interdisciplinary major, Energy and Its Impacts. 05/07/14