Gregg Mitman

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 research interests span the history of science, medicine, and the environment in the United States and the world, and reflect a commitment to environmental and social justice.  His scholarship seeks to understand the ways in which political economy, cultural values and beliefs, and scientific knowledge shape interactions among people and environments over time.

He is the author of three award-winning books, including his most recent, Breathing Space: How Allergies Shape our Lives and Landscapes.  He is the founding and current director of the Nelson Institute’s Center for Culture, History, and Environment and is also curator of the UW-Madison’s popular environmental film festival, Tales from Planet Earth. He is currently at work on a multimedia project—a film, book, and public history website—that explores the history and legacy of a 1926 Harvard medical expedition to Liberia and the environmental and social consequences that follow in the expedition’s wake. 

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