History, Medical History and Bioethics
Gregg Mitman is the Vilas Research and William Coleman Professor of History, Medical History, and Environmental Studies at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. His research and teaching interests span the history of science, medicine, and the environment in the United States and the world and include a commitment to environmental and social justice.
His most recent work has focused on a multimedia project — films, a book, and public history website — exploring the history and legacy of the Firestone Plantations Company in Liberia. He coproduced and codirected with Sarita Siegel two films, “In the Shadow of Ebola,” an intimate portrait of the Ebola outbreak in Liberia, and “The Land Beneath Our Feet,” a documentary on history, memory, and land rights in Liberia.
His newest book, “Empire of Rubber: Firestone’s Scramble for Land and Power in Liberia,” was published by The New Press in November 2021.
Mitman’s current research, for which he has received a €2.5 million European Research Council Advanced Grant, aims to discern the ecological, economic, political, and social forces at play that have simultaneously turned certain regions of West Africa into profitable sites of natural resource extraction, productive enclaves of biomedical research, and hot zones of pandemic threats.