Gregg Mitman

My teaching and research interests span environmental history, the history of science, medical history, and the visual culture of science and medicine, with a focus on the United States in the world. In particular, I seek 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. My current research explores the role of ecology, medicine, and public health in the service of American capital through the lens of Firestone Plantations Company in Liberia.


  • PhD - University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • MA - University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • BS - Dalhousie University


Breathing Space: How Allergies Shape Our Lives and Landscapes. (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2007). View Book Details
Co-editor. With Lorraine Daston. Thinking with Animals: New Perspectives on Anthropomorphism. (New York: Columbia University Press, 2005). View Book Details
Co-editor. With Michelle Murphy and Christopher Sellers. Landscapes of Exposure: Knowledge and Illness in Modern Environments. Osiris, 2d ser., 19 (2004). View Book Details
Reel Nature: America’s Romance with Wildlife on Film. (Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 1999). Revised paperback edition, (University of Washington Press, 2009). View Book Details

The State of Nature: Ecology, Community, and American Social Thought, 1900–1950. (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1992). View Book Details

Selected Awards:

  • Winner of the 2012 William H. Welch Medal from the American Association for the History of Medicine (Breathing Space)
  • 2008 Outstanding Achievement Award, Wisconsin Library Association (Breathing Space)
  • Winner of the 1994 Gustave O. Arlt Award in the Humanities from the Council of Graduate Schools. (The State of Nature)
  • Winner of the 2000 Watson Davis and Helen Miles Davis Prize from the History of Science Society. (Reel Nature)

History Courses:

  • History / History of Science 125 - Green Screen: Environmental Perspectives through Film - Syllabus 2015 (pdf)
  • History of Science 513 - Environment and Health in Global Perspective - Syllabus 2016 (pdf)

Gregg Mitman

Vilas Research and William Coleman Professor of History of Science, Medical History, and Environmental Studies


Curriculum Vitae (pdf)


1415 Medical Sciences Center

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