Andrew W. Mellon Visiting Scholar
in the Environmental Humanities, Fall 2019
The Center for Environmental Futures has invited a distinguished scholar in the Environmental Humanities to campus for the fall term to work on scholarship, present a public talk, and interact with faculty and graduate students.
Nancy Langston joins the Center for Environmental Futures during Fall 2019 as the inaugural Mellon Visiting Scholar in the Environmental Humanities. Langston is the Distinguished Professor of Environmental History at Michigan Technological University. Langston was trained both as an environmental historians and as an ecologist. In addition to numerous professional journal articles, she has published four books. Two of those books focused on Oregon’s environmental history, the prize-winning Forest Dream, Forest Nightmares: The Paradox of Old Growth in the Inland West (University of Washington Press, 1995), which examined the history of forest policy and the cause of the forest health crisis in Oregon’s Blue Mountains, and Where Land and Water Meet: A Western Landscape Transformed (University of Washington Press, 2003), which explored watershed restoration and the creation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge. Her third book, Toxic Bodies: Hormone Disruptors and the Legacy of DES (Yale, 2010), considered how and why endocrine disrupting chemicals have saturated our bodies and our environments, and her most recent book, Sustaining Lake Superior: An Extraordinary Lake in a Changing World (Yale, 2017), focused on the interconnected histories of the health of watersheds, humans, and forests in the context of climate change. Langston is a former president of the American Society for Environmental History and a former editor of the field’s flagship journal, Environmental History. She had the honor or a prestigious appointment as the King Carl XVI Gustaf Professor of Environmental Science at Umeå University, Sweden, and has received fellowships from the Fulbright Program, the Marshall Foundation, the National Science Foundation, the National Humanities Center, the American Philosophical Society, and the American Council on Learned Societies.
While in resident at the University of Oregon, she will work on a new project, “New Mobilities of the Anthropocene: Climate Change, Toxics, and Animal Migrations,” focusing on two iconic migratory species, woodland caribou and common loons.