Clarence Jefferson Hall Jr., Ph.D.

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Clarence Jefferson (Jeff) Hall Jr. is an Assistant Professor in the Department of History. He earned B.A. and M.A. degrees in History from Binghamton University (2001, 2003) and a Ph.D. in History from Stony Brook University (2014).

Prior to joining the faculty at Queensborough, Hall taught a variety of undergraduate and graduate courses in History, Writing, and Journalism at Binghamton University, Stony Brook University, and New Jersey Institute of Technology. At Queensborough, he teaches both halves of the U.S. History survey course (HIST 127 and 128), Recent American Civilization (HIST 239), History of New York State (HIST 135), and Environmental History of North America (HIST 240).

Hall fills a variety of service roles at QCC.  In addition to serving on the History Department's Technology, Concentration, and Personnel & Budget (P&B) Committees, Hall also serves as a member of the College-wide WID-WAC Committee, serves as a member of the Academic Senate, represents the History Department in the QCC Chapter of PSC-CUNY, and represents QCC in the PSC-CUNY Delegate Assembly.  Hall has also served on the College-wide E-Learning and Research Committees.

Hall's research focuses on the intersection of environmental politics and mass incarceration in New York State.  His first book, A Prison in the Woods: Environment and Incarceration in New York's North Country, will be published in November 2020 by the University of Massachusetts Press Series on the Environmental History of the Northeast.  His work has also been published in The Encyclopedia of American Environmental History, Adirondack Peeks, New York Archives Magazine, Process (published by the Organization of American Historians), Edge Effects (published by the University of Wisconsin-Madison), Environment and History, and The History Teacher.  He has also presented his research in a variety of forums, including conferences hosted by the Organization of American Historians, American Society for Environmental History, and New York Historical Association, as well as invited lectures and colloquia across New York State.  Hall's work has also been featured in a variety of news media outlets, including The New York Times, National Public Radio, CNN, MSNBC, and elsewhere.



A Prison in the Woods: Environment and Incarceration in New York’s North Country.  Amherst: University of Massachusetts Press, Series on the Environmental History of the Northeast.  November 2020.

Edited Volumes

War and Imprisonment.  Volume in series War (Hi)Stories.  Paderborn: Ferdinand Schoningh (U.S. distributor: University of Chicago Press).  Publication expected, 2020.


“Up the River and To the Woods.”  New York Archives Magazine.  Vol. 15, No. 3.  Winter 2016.

“Reexamining the North Country Prison Industry after Matt and Sweat.”  Under Currents: News From the Grassroots.  Vol. 2, No. 4.  October/November 2015.

“K-9 Units and the History of Adirondack Prison Escapes.”  Adirondack Peeks.  Fall 2015.

Encyclopedia Entries

“Private Housing,” in Kathleen Brosnan, ed., Encyclopedia of American Environmental History, 4 vols.  New York: Facts on File, 2010.


“Prisons for Sale, Histories Not Included.”  Edge Effects.  Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies, Center for Culture, History, and Environment, University of Wisconsin-Madison.  October 2018.

“Toward an Environmental History of American Prisons.”  Organization of American Historians.  Process.  June 2017.


Anne E. Parsons, From Asylum to Prison: Deinstitutionalization and the Rise of Mass Incarceration after 1945.  Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2018.  The History Teacher.  Vol. 52, No. 3.  May 2019.  532-533.

Connie Y. Chiang, Nature Behind Barbed Wire: An Environmental History of the Japanese American Incarceration.  New York: Oxford University Press, 2018.  Environment and History.  Vol. 25, No. 3.  August 2019.  482-484.

"A Prison In the Woods" book cover

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