Our Faculty and Staff

Leif Fredrickson

Visiting Assistant Professor of History; Director of the Public History Program


LA 260
Office Hours

Monday 1-3pm and by appointment.


Curriculum Vitae
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PhD, University of Virginia; MA, University of Montana; BA, Vassar College.

Courses Taught

Hunting in America; History of Pandemics; Making History Public; Doing Local History/History of Missoula; Modern U.S. History; Historical Methods; 20th Century American West; Montana History.

Research Interests

Environmental, urban, social and political history. History of science and technology. Public history, digital humanities, spatial humanities. 


The Age of Lead: Metropolitan Change, Environmental Health, and Inner-City Underdevelopment in Baltimore. (Dissertation, University of Virginia, Department of History, May 2017).

  • Winner of Council of Graduate Schools/ProQuest Distinguished Dissertation Award in Humanities and Fine Arts for the past two years.
  • Winner of Michael Katz Award for Best Dissertation in Urban History, Urban History Association.

Death in the West: The Murder of Frank Little. Podcast about the unsolved lynching of union organizer Frank Little in Butte, Montana in 1917 -- and the broader historical context of his time.

A People's EPA. Public history website about the Environmental Protection Agency.

Enviro-History Website about environmental history and humanities, geared toward the public.

Selected Publications

"Healthy Housing and the Health of the State," in Douglas Appler, ed., The Many Geographis of Urban Renewal: New Perspectives on the Housing Act of 1949 (Temple Univesity Press, 2023).

“The Riot Environment: Sanitation, Recreation, and Pacification in the Wake of Baltimore’s 1968 Uprising,” in Nicole King and Kate Drabinski, eds., Baltimore Revisited: Rethinking and Remaking a Right to the City (Rutgers University Press, 2019).

“A Sheep in the Closet: The Erosion of Enforcement at the EPA," (Environmental Data & Governance Initiative, May 2019). 

“Paving the Way for Trump: Past Presidential Assaults on Environmental Health Protection,” American Journal of Public Health 108, no. S2 (April 1, 2018).

“The Rise and Fall of an Ecostar: Green Technology Innovation and Marketing as Regulatory Obstruction,” in Hartmut Berghoff and Adam Rome, eds., Green Capitalism? Business and Environment in the Twentieth Century (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2017).

“Bio-Invasions and Bio-Fixes: Mysid Shrimp Introductions in the Twentieth Century,” Environment and History vol. 23, no.2, 2017.

“From Ecocide to Eco-ally: Picloram, Herbicidal Warfare, and Invasive Species, 1963-2005,” in Global Environment: A Journal of Transdisciplinary History (Rachel Carson Center Special Issue on Hazardous Substances), vol. 7, no. 1, 2014.

Editorials and analysis inThe GuardianWashington PostThe Hill, American Historical Association Today, The Conversation and other publications.

Professional Experience

  • Historical Interpretive Developer, Fredrickson Historical Consulting. 
  • Coordinator, Missoula County COVID-19 Documentation Project.
  • Oral History Interview Curator, Environmental Data & Governance Initiative.
  • Member, Missoula Historic Preservation Commission.
  • Board Member, Heritage Missoula Committee.
  • Board Member, Friends of the Historical Museum at Fort Missoula.