Alexander M. Stoner is Associate Professor of Sociology in the Department of Sociology & Anthropology at Northern Michigan University. His primary areas of research expertise are environmental sociology, social theory, and political economy. His research has been published in journals such as Critical Sociology, Current Perspectives in Social Theory, Ecological Economics, Capitalism, Nature, Socialism and the Journal of World-Systems Research. His book (co-authored with Andony Melathopoulos), Freedom in the Anthropocene: Twentieth-Century Helplessness in the Face of Climate Change (Palgrave Macmillan, 2015), works through the writings of Lukács, Adorno, and Postone to argue that the idea of the Anthropocene is a historically specific reflection of helplessness, which only becomes possible at the close of the twentieth century. He is currently completing a book manuscript on climate change and American exceptionalism.