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Prof. Dr. Gregg Mitman

Prof. Dr. Gregg Mitman

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Gregg Mitman is a guest research professor at LMU and the Vilas Research and William Coleman Professor of History, Medical History, and Environmental Studies at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. He is an award-winning author, filmmaker, and teacher, whose interests span the history of science, medicine, and the environment in the United States and the world and include a commitment to environmental and social justice.

Mitman’s most recent work has focused on a multimedia project—films, a book, and public history website—exploring the history and legacy of the American firm, Firestone Tire & Rubber Company, in Liberia. He coproduced and codirected with Sarita Siegel two films, In the Shadow of Ebola, an intimate portrait of the Ebola outbreak in Liberia, and The Land Beneath Our Feet, a documentary on history, memory, and land rights in Liberia. His most recent book, Empire of Rubber: Firestone’s Scramble for Land and Power in Liberia, was published by The New Press in the fall of 2021.

Mitman’s current research, for which he has received a €2.5 million European Research Council Advanced Grant, aims to discern the ecological, economic, political, and social forces at play that have simultaneously turned certain regions of West Africa into profitable sites of natural resource extraction, productive enclaves of biomedical research, and hot zones of pandemic threats.

A past president of the American Society for Environmental History, Mitman has received fellowships from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, the American Council of Learned Societies, the John S. Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, and Carnegie Corporation of New York, among others, in support of his work.

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Author of Empire of Rubber: Firestone’s Scramble for Land and Power in Liberia (The New Press, October 2021)

Guest Professor, Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society, Ludwig-Maximillian-Universität, +49 89 218072368

Vilas Research and William Coleman Professor of History, Medical History, and Environmental Studies, University of Wisconsin-Madison, (608) 262-9140