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Leif Fredrickson

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


LA 260
Office Hours

Tuesday 2pm-4pm or by appointment, via Zoom: Click to enter waiting room.

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

Courses Taught

Doing Local History/History of Missoula; 20th Century American West; Making History Public; History of Pandemics; Environmental History


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.

The Mysis Crisis: How Fisheries Scientists Turned an Isolated Shrimp into an ‘Invasive Species. Interactive Map. Enviro-History, March 16, 2018.


Field of Study

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

Selected Publications

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

“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.

“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).

“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).

A Sheep in the Closet the Erosion of Enforcement at the EPA,” (Environmental Data & Governance Initiative, November 2018, updated May 2019). *Co-lead author.


Writings for popular audiences inThe GuardianWashington PostAmerican Historical Association Today, The Conversation and other publications.


Professional Experience

Oral History Interview Curator, Environmental Data & Governance Initiative. Unseen Missoula History tour guide. Member of the Missoula Historic Preservation Commission; Board of Unseen Missoula History Tours; Board of Friends of the Historical Museum at Fort Missoula.