Eric Olmanson studied geography and environmental history at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Since completing his PhD in 2000 he has worked as an institutional historian, first for the University of Wisconsin and since 2008 as a freelancer. His recent projects include an online exhibit titled “Promotion and Transformation of Landscapes along the CB&Q Railroad” for the Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society (Munich); research on the origins of the University of Wisconsin Credit Union (chartered in 1931 as the University Faculty Credit Union) as well as short biographies of the charter signers and first board members; and most recently he completed chapters to update a centennial history of the Rotary Club of Madison, Wisconsin. His first book, The Future City on the Inland Sea: A History of Imaginative Geographies of Lake Superior, was published by Ohio University Press in 2007. It won the Great Lakes American Studies Association and Ohio University Press book award and was awarded the J. B. Jackson Prize by the Association of American Geographers in 2008. In 2009 he began research for a book about the Namkham hospital and the American Medical Center for Burma, 1945-1965 and continues to work on it in his spare time. After a year in Denmark with Andrea Olmanson and their two daughters, he returned to Madison, Wisconsin in May 2015.