E. Jerry Jessee

Title: Assistant Professor
Office: CCC 467
Phone: (715) 346-2404
Fax: (715) 346-4489


Ph.D., Montana State University
M.A., Montana State University
B.A. University of California at Santa Barbara


History of Science, History of Technology, Environmental History.


  • HIST 102 - World History since 1500
  • HIST 204 Modern Global Environmental History
  • HIST 305 History of Astronomy​
  • HIST 312 - The Darwinian Revolution
  • HIST 315 - Special Topics: Global History of Science and Technology
  • INTL 150: Humanity and the Global Environment

Select Publications

  • "A Heightened Controversy: Nuclear Weapons Testing, Radioactive Tracers, and the Dynamic Atmosphere," in Toxic Airs: Chamical and Environmental Histories of the Atmosphere, edited by James Rodger Fleming and Ann Johnson, The University of Pittsburgh Press, forthcoming Spring 2014.  **Winner of the Phillip J. Pauly Prize, Forum for the History of Science in America, History of Science Society**

Works in Progress

  • Book Manuscript: Radiation Ecologies: Nuclear Fallout, Environmental Science, and the Birth of the Global Ecosphere (in preparation). 

Honors and Awards

  • Montana Institute on Ecosystems, Dissertation Completion Fellowship, January – August, 2012.
  • Interview, Montana Public Radio, Montana Evening Edition, November 7, 2011. Discussed my research on fallout and the Western Montana Scientists’ Committee for Radiation Information.
  • National Science Foundation, Dissertiation Improvement Grant, January 2010.
  • Teaching Assistant of the Year, History Department, Montana State Univerity, 2008-2009.
  • Pre-Doctoral Research Fellow, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution, Summer 2008.

Professional Affiliations

  • History of Science Society
  • American Society for Environmental History