Vilas Research and William Coleman Professor of History of Science, Medical History, and Environmental Studies
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
Marco Armiero (Co-editor), Robert S. Emmett (Co-editor), Gregg Mitman (Co-editor). Future Remains: A Cabinet of Curiosities for the Anthropocene.. University of Chicago Press, 2018.
Gregg Mitman (Co-editor), Kelley Wilder (Co-editor). Documenting the World: Film, Photography, and the Scientific Record. University of Chicago Press, 2016.
Gregg Mitman. Breathing Space: How Allergies Shape Our Lives and Landscapes. Yale University Press, 2007.
Lorraine Daston (Editor), Gregg Mitman (Editor). Thinking with Animals: New Perspectives on Anthropomorphism. Columbia University Press, 2005.
Gregg Mitman (Co-editor), Michelle Murphy (Co-editor), Christopher Sellers (Co-editor). Landscapes of Exposure: Knowledge and Illness in Modern Environments. University of Chicago Press, 2004. Osiris, Volume 19
Gregg Mitman. Reel Nature: America’s Romance With Wildlife on Film. Harvard University Press, 1999.
Gregg Mitman. The State of Nature: Ecology, Community, and American Social Thought, 1900-1950. University of Chicago Press, 1992.
- 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)