Gregg Mitman

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


Phone: (608) 262-9140

Room 1415, Medical Science Center

Professor Gregg Mitman


History of ecology; environment and health, 20th-century life sciences; science in America; science and film.


History, Science & Technology Studies, The Center for Culture, History, and Environment, and Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies

Curriculum Vitae

Gregg Mitman’s C.V.


Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison, History of Science, 1988

M.A., University of Wisconsin-Madison, History of Science, 1984

B.Sc., Dalhousie University, Biology, 1981


Gregg Mitman, Empire of Rubber: Firestone’s Scramble for Land and Power in Liberia, (The New Press, 2021)

Gregg Mitman, Marco Armiero, Robert Emmett (Eds), Future Remains: A Cabinet of Curiosities for the Anthropocene (University of Chicago Press, 2018).

Gregg Mitman, Kelley Wilder (Eds), 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, 2008).

Awarded the William H. Welch Medal by the American Association for the History of Medicine. Winner of a 2008 Outstanding Achievement Award, Wisconsin Library Association. Finalist for the 2007 ForeWord Magazine Book of the Year Award in the Environment category.

Lorraine Daston and Gregg Mitman (eds.), Thinking with Animals: New Perspectives on Anthropomorphism (Columbia University Press, 2005).

Gregg Mitman, Michelle Murphy, and Christopher Sellers (eds.), Landscapes of Exposure: Knowledge and Illness in Modern Environments (Osiris, Volume 19) (University of Chicago Press, 2004).

Gregg Mitman, Reel Nature: America’s Romance With Wildlife on Film (Harvard University Press, 1999).

Winner of the 2000 Watson Davis and Helen Miles Davis Prize for the History of Science Society.

Gregg Mitman, The State of Nature: Ecology, Community, and American Social Thought, 1900-1950 (University of Chicago Press, 1992).

Winner of the 1994 Gustave O. Arlt Award in the Humanities from the Council of Graduate Schools.

Selected Articles

Gregg Mitman and Paul Erickson, “Latex and Blood: Science, Markets, and American Empire,” Radical History Review 107 (2010), 45-73.

Gregg Mitman, “Where Ecology, Nature, and Politics Meet: Reclaiming The Death of Nature,” Isis 97 (2007), 496–504.

Gregg Mitman, “In Search of Health: Landscape and Disease in American Environmental History,” Environmental History 10 (2005), 184–209.

Courses taught

HSci 125: Green Screen: Environmental Film in History and Action
MHB 750: Outbreak!: Epidemics, Migration, and the Changing Contours of Global Health