Gregg Mitman

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


Phone: 608.262.9140

Office: 1415 Medical Sciences Center
Curriculum Vitae (pdf) | Website
Joint Appointment: Medical History & Bioethics

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.  Over the past few years, I have been at work on a multimedia project—a film, book, and public history website—exploring the history and legacy of the Firestone Plantations Company in Liberia.


Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1988
M.A., University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1984
B.S., Dalhousie University, 1981


Advisor To

Selected Awards

  • Andrew W. Carnegie Fellowship, 2017-2018
  • John S. Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship, 2004–2005.
  • 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 2021 (pdf)
  • History of Science 513 – Environment and Health in Global Perspective – Syllabus 2016 (pdf)
  • History 705 – Commodities and Disease in Global History – Syllabus 2017 (pdf)