The author of two award-winning books, two edited volumes, and numerous journal articles, Gregg Mitman is the Vilas Research and William Coleman Professor of History of Science, Medical History, and Environmental Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His teaching and writing interests span the history of ecology, nature, and health in American culture, and are informed by a commitment and hope to build a more equitable and just environment. Reaching across the fields of environmental history, the history of science and medicine, and the visual culture of science, his research seeks to understand the ways in which political economy, cultural values and beliefs, and scientific knowledge intersect in shaping the interactions between people and environments over time.
His recent books include Documenting the World: Film, Photography, and the Scientific Record published by the University of Chicago Press and Breathing Space: How Allergies Shape our Lives and Landscapes published by Yale University Press. Reel Nature: America’s Romance with Wildlife on Film, won the History of Science Society’s 2000 Watson Davis and Helen Miles Davis Prize. He is the founding director of the Nelson Institute’s Center for Culture, History and Environment, and is past president of the American Society for Environmental History.
Gregg was named a Carnegie Fellow in 2017. During the fellowship period he will complete research exploring the role of science and medicine in America’s changing relationship to the tropical world. His next book will tell that story through the lens of the Firestone Plantations Company in Liberia.