Corey Hazlett



MA History – Case Western Reserve University
MBA – Franklin University
BA History – The Ohio State University

Field of Study:

History of capitalism and the environment in the modern U.S.

Dissertation title:

Beyond Redemption: The Political Economy of Recycling in the Post-World War II United States”
Adviser: Ted Steinberg

External Grants, Fellowships, and Prizes:

Alfred D. Bell Travel Grant from the Forest History Society, 2016
National Science Foundation Travel Grant, 2016, 2018
Alfred D. Chandler Travel Grant for 2016 Business History Conference
CWRU History Associates Fellowship; 2014, 2015, 2016
The Carl Ubbelohde Prize for best Teaching Assistant in 2013-2014
CWRU School of Graduate Studies Graduate Student Travel Award, 2013
Agricultural History Society Student Travel Grant, 2013

Selected Conference Papers & Presentations:

American Society for Environmental History, March 2018, presenting “Chasing Nature: The Amalgamation of Industrial Recycling and Ecological Action in the 1970s.”

American Society for Environmental History, March 2016, presenting “Sustaining Profits: The Role of Industry in Recycling Initiatives, 1970-1985.”

Business History Conference, March 2016, presenting “Transmutation of the “Urban Ore”: The Business of Recycling, 1970-1995.”


“The American Recycling Myth,” Edge Effects, Center for Culture, History, and Environment, September 14, 2017,

Review of Richard D. Besel, Bernard K. Duffy, eds. Green Voices: Defending Nature and the Environment in American Civic Discourse. H-Water, H-Net Reviews, August 2016.

About Corey:

I am a PhD candidate currently finishing my dissertation on the history of recycling programs in the United States. My research explores the interwoven corporate and environmental interests that shaped the development of post-WWII recycling initiatives and, in turn, the reliance upon consumption-oriented environmentalism in the United States.