Adam M. Romero

Associate Professor

Adam Romero

B.A., Biology and Environmental Studies, University of California, Santa Cruz
M.S., Environmental Science, Policy, and Management, University of Oxford
Master Gardener Certificate, University of California, Cooperative Extension
Ph.D., Geography, University of California, Berkeley

Mailing Box: 358530, 18115 Campus Way NE, Bothell, WA 98011-8246


In each of my classes, I work hard to create a learning environment where, as one of my students put it, “we can chew on the issue presented” and have the breathing room “to come up with our own practical and impractical solutions.” I incorporate intriguing and important content with interactive lectures, in-class exercises, experiential writing assignments, and thought-provoking exams, drawing upon my broad training in both the natural and social sciences to help students think across disciplinary boundaries. I believe that teaching is an integral part of scholarship and that our work in the classroom is never complete. While my ultimate goal as a teacher is to foster critical thinking, reading, and writing skills, I am a firm believer that intellectual curiosity is a prerequisite to critical engagement and I strive to facilitate an inclusive classroom that makes space for my students to think creatively and take intellectual risks.

Recent Courses Taught

BISSTS 355 History of Science an Technology
BISSTS 307 Science, Technology and Society
BIS 304 Political Economy and the Environment
BIS 245 Environment and Humanities


My new book project reexamines the history of abundance in American agriculture.

Selected Publications

  • Romero, A. 2021. Economic Poisoning Industrial Waste and the Chemicalization of American Agriculture. University of California Press.
  • Rajan, R, A. Romero, and M. Watts, eds. 2017. Genealogies of Environmentalism: The Lost Works of Clarence Glacken. Charlottesville, VA. University of Virginia Press.
  • Romero, A., J. Guthman, R. Galt, M. Huber, B. Mansfield, and S. Sawyer. 2017. “Chemical Geographies.”  GeoHumanities 3 (1):1-20.
  • Romero, A. 2016. Review of “Food Systems in an Unequal World: Pesticides, Vegetables and Agrarian Capitalism in Costa Rica” by Ryan Galt, University of Arizona Press, 2014.  Journal of Peasant Studies 44 (1). 332-334.
  • Romero, A. 2016. “From Oil Well to Farm:” Industrial Waste, Shell Oil, and the Petrochemical Turn (1927-1947). Agricultural History 90 (1): 70-93. (*Winner of the 2017 Vernon Carstenson Award for the best article published in Agricultural History*)
  • Romero, A. 2016. Commercializing Chemical Warfare: Citrus, Cyanide, and an Endless War. Agriculture and Human Values 33 (1): 3-26.
  • Romero, A. 2015. Review of “Banned: A History of Pesticides and the Science of Toxicology” by Frederick R. Davis, Yale University Press, 2014. Agricultural History 89 (4). 630-632.
  • Sayre, N., and A. Romero. 2014. Carrying Capacity Paradigm. In Essential Concepts for Global Environmental Governance, edited by J. Morin and A Orsinin. New York: Routledge/Earthscan. 21-24.
  • Eitzel, M. V., S. Diver, H. Sardiñas, L. M. Hallet, J. J. Olson, A. Romero, G. D. L. T. Oliveira, A. T. Schuknecht, R. Tidmore, and K. N. Suding. 2012. Insights from a Cross-Disciplinary Seminar: 10 Pivotal Papers for Ecological Restoration. Restoration Ecology 20 (2): 147-152.