Nancy Langston

Nancy Langston


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  • Distinguished Professor of Environmental History, Social Sciences
  • Affiliated Professor, CFRES
  • Ph.D., University of Washington
  • M.Phil, Oxford University
  • B.A., Dartmouth College


I am an environmental historian who explores the connections between waste, water, climate change, and wildlife in northern watersheds. Author of 5 books, 52 peer-reviewed articles, and public-facing journalism, I have been Principle Investigator on over $1.2 million in external funding. I served as President of the ASEH and Editor-in-Chief of the journal Environmental History.

Recent awards include: 

  • the Distinguished Scholar Award from the American Society of Environmental History;
  • the Distinguished Service Award;
  • Mellon Foundation award in environmental humanities;
  • Fulbright Research Scholar Award (Canada);
  • American Council of Learned Society sabbatical award;
  • American Philosophical Society sabbatical.

I spent 18 years at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in the Nelson Institute of Environmental Studies and the Department of Forest and Wildlife Ecology. I started at MTU in 2013. During 2012-2013, I was the King Carl XVI Gustaf Professor of Environmental Science, in residence in the Department of Historical, Philosophical and Religious studies at Umeå University. 

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I am no longer accepting new graduate students.

I fully support LGBTQ students at Tech and condemn recent hate speech against them. 

Areas of Interest

  • Toxics, forested watersheds, and northern lakes
  • Environmental history
  • Watershed change and water quality
  • Mining history