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Dr. David Soll - Biography

Dr. Soll came to UW-Eau Claire from Lafayette College, in Easton, Pennsylvania, where he was a post-doctoral fellow in Environmental Studies. Prior to his post-doctorate work, Dr. Soll taught at two Boston area universities, Bentley University and Brandeis University.

Dr. Soll's teaching style urges students to think about how their lifestyles tie into larger environmental issues.  In his classes, Dr. Soll wants students to make connections between systems, like governmental systems and water systems, for example. Dr. Soll's expertise in governmental policy and history allows him to shed light on the relationship between scientific evidence and the policy that restricts it. In the coming semesters he will be teaching classes on environmental history and environmental policy. Many of these classes will be hybrids joining political science and environmental science.

Dr. Soll's main environmental focus is on water. In the spring of 2013 he had his book published, Empire of Water: An Environmental and Political History of the New York Water Supply.  It follows the history on the water supply in one of the biggest cities in the world. His next research project will focus on comparing urban water supplies in the developing world.

Besides fulfilling the role of a professor, Dr. Soll is a husband and a father. He lives in the Twin Cities with his wife Sara and son, Max. Dr. Soll enjoys the outdoors in his spare time; he goes hiking, biking and boating.

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