Wilko Graf von Hardenberg is a research scholar at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science in Berlin. Formerly DAAD Visiting Assistant Professor of Environmental History at UW-Madison, he mainly focuses on socio-political aspects of nature perception and management in modern Europe, digital history and the history of the environmental sciences.
His two most recent research project focus respectively on the history of nature conservation, management, and rhetoric in the Alps and on the development of the concept of the mean sea level in both geodesy and the climate sciences.
Nancy Langston is an environmental historian who explores the connections between toxics, environmental health, and industrial changes in Lake Superior and other boreal watersheds. She is particularly interested in students who wish to focus on environmental health, water and watershed policy, and Great Lakes environmental policy.
Nancy spent 17 years at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in the Nelson Institute of Environmental Studies and the Department of Forest and Wildlife Ecology. She started at Michigan Tech University in 2013.
Anne McClintock is a professor in the Program on Gender and Women’s Studies at Princeton University. The former Simone de Beauvoir Professor of English and Gender Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, she recently published a series of journalistic photo-essays on the BP oil catastrophe in the Gulf in Truthout and Counterpunch, and on the melting of Greenland in Guernica.
Rob Nixon is the Thomas A. and Currie C. Barron Family Professor in Humanities and the Environment at Princeton University. The former Rachel Carson Professor of English at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, he is the author of Slow Violence and the Environmentalism of the Poor (Harvard University Press, 2011). Professor Nixon has been the recipient of a Guggenheim, a Fulbright, a MacArthur Foundation Peace and Security Fellowship, and an NEH.
Germán Palacio is a lawyer and holds a MSc in legal institutions from UW-Madison and a PhD in history from Florida International University. He is a professor at the National University of Colombia, where he leads a research group called History, Environment and Politics.
He was a professor at Universidad de Guadalajara from 1985-87 and is a former Colciencias advisor in the Environmental Area. He has received scholarships from the Interamerican Foundation, Twentieth Century Trust, CNPq-Brasil, and was a Fulbright Visiting Researcher. He is the founder of SOLCHA, Latin American Environmental History Association and serves on the editorial board of Colombia Amazónica and Mundo Amazónico.
He is connected to the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies, Law School, and the Latin American, Caribbean and Iberian Studies Program at UW-Madison.
Lisa Ruth Rand is a postdoctoral fellow in residence and program coordinator at the Consortium for History of Science, Technology, and Medicine. She is a former Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow at the Center for the Humanities at UW-Madison.
Her research explores transnational intersections of the histories of science, technology, and the environment during the Cold War, particularly extreme and global environments and post-Earth futurism. She is currently working on her first book, about space junk and the environmental history of the nearest regions of outer space.
Kristoffer Whitney is an assistant professor in history and sociology of Science at the Department of Science, Technology, and Society at Rochester Institute of Technology. A former postdoctoral fellow in the Holtz Center for Science and Technology Studies at UW-Madison, his research explores an environmental controversy on the U.S. East Coast over the effects of fishery quotas on migratory wildlife like shorebirds, as a lens unto the complex historical and contemporary relationships between environmental science and policy.
Planning and Landscape Architecture
Arne Alanan is a professor emeritus of landscape architecture whose primary interests are in landscape history and historic preservation. During his academic career he was heavily involved in documenting cultural landscapes for the National Park Service in Michigan, Wisconsin, and Alaska.
He is co-editor of Preserving Cultural Landscapes in America (2000); and author of Morgan Park: Duluth, U.S. Steel, and the Forging of a Company Town (2007). Another of his volumes, Main Street Ready-Made: The New Deal Community of Greendale, Wisconsin (1987), was republished by the Wisconsin Historical Society Press in 2012 to mark the 75th anniversary of the settlement.
Community and Environmental Sociology
Jess Gilbert is a professor emeritus in the Department of Community and Environmental Sociology and was part of the Land Tenure Center. Current research projects include work with African-American farmers and landowners, and a study of policy intellectuals and grass-roots land-use planning during the New Deal.
He recently published Planning Democracy: Agrarian Intellectuals and the Intended New Deal (Yale Univ. Press, 2015), which won the 2016 Theodore Saloutos Award from the Agricultural History Society for the best book on U.S. agricultural history.
Ken Raffa is a professor emeritus of entomology and the Beers-Bascom Professor in Conservation. He conducts research, teaches, and provides policy advice on forest insects. He is interested in how ecological systems function, developing methods for sustainable management of natural resources, and pest responses to anthropogenic changes.