Gregory Summers

Gregory Summers

Title: Associate Professor, Vice Chancellor
Office: Main 202C
Phone: (715) 346-4446
Fax: (715) 346-4132


Environmental History and Politics; U.S. Political and Economic History; History of Science and Technology; Industrialization and Consumption


HIST 176 - United States to 1877
HIST 177 - United States since 1877
HIST 204 - Modern Global Environmental History
HIST 280 - American Environmental History
HIST 300 - Methods and Skills of History
HIST 380 - American Environmental Politics
HIST 381 - Technology in American History
HIST 395 - Recent America since 1939
HIST 398 - Environmentalism in Wisconsin
HIST 489 - Consumer Society in the United States
HIST 490 - History of Wisconsin
HIST 598 - Topics in History:
  • Environmental History for Teachers
  • Water in American History
  • Wildlife in American History
  • Forests in American History

Select Publications

  • Consuming Nature: Environmentalism in the Fox River Valley, 1850-1950. University Press of Kansas, September 2006.
  • The Comforts of Nature: A Natural History of the American Home. University of Washington Press, Weyerhaeuser Environmental Books Series in progress.

Recent Presentations

  • “Thinking Like a Homeowner: Toward a New Ethic of Environmentalism,” an invited lecture, Lawrence University, May 4, 2009.
  • “Coming Home from the Woods: A Natural History of the American Living Room,” American Society for Environmental History, Annual Conference, Boise, ID, March 12-15, 2008.
  • “A River of Paper? The Beginnings of Environmentalism in the Fox River Valley (and What We Can Learn Today)” an invited lecture, University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh, September 27, 2006.
  • “Environmentalism and Sense of Place,” Wisconsin Book Festival, Panel Discussion, October 21, 2006.
  • "Recreation, Industry, Agriculture: The Legacies of Conservation in Wisconsin," Northern Great Plains History Conference, Eau Claire, WI, October 1, 2005.
  • "From Daylight Saving to Swimming Pools: Consumer Society and the Meaning of Nature as a Public Good," American Society for Environmental History, Annual Conference, Houston, TX, March 16-20, 2005.
  • "Nature and Progress: Conservation in the Fox River Valley," invited lecture, Annual Conference of the Wisconsin Association of Land Conservation Employees, Appleton, WI, March 2, 2005.

Honors and Awards 

  • Klessig Fellowship - UWSP College of Natural Resources, for the development of History 204: Modern Global Environmental History
  • Research Grant - UWSP, book proposal: "The Comforts of Nature," April 2005
  • Summer Stipend Award - FACETS (Faculty Alliance for Creating and Enhancing Teaching Strategies) Research Proposal: "Modernizing the History Survey: Expanding the Classroom Online," Summer 2004.
  • System Fellowship - The Institute for Research in the Humanities, Madison, WI, September 2003-May 2004.
  • Science to Achieve Results (STAR) Graduate Fellowship - U.S. Environmental Protection Agency,1997-2000

Professional Affiliations

  • American Society for Environmental History (ASEH)


Consuming Nature: Environmentalism in the Fox River Valley, 1850-1950
University Press of Kansas, 2006.
By Gregory Summers, Ph.D.

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