Curriculum Vitae

EDUCATION:

Doctor of Philosophy.
Geography, University of Wisconsin-Madison, December 2000.
Dissertation title: Romantics, Scientists, Boosters, and the Making of the Chequamegon Bay Region on the South Shore of Lake Superior, 1820-1900s.  Dissertation Advisor: William Cronon

Master of Science.
Geography, University of Wisconsin-Madison, December 1991.
Masters Thesis: Transplanted Germainois: The Transformation of a Latter Nineteenth Century French Agricultural Community in Dane County, Wisconsin.  Thesis Advisor: Robert C. Ostergren

Bachelor of Arts.
Geography, Minnesota State University, Mankato, Minnesota, USA, June 1989.  Advisor: Lawrence Anderson

ACADEMIC APPOINTMENTS:

Adjunct Instructor, Department of Geography and Geology, University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, Fall 2015 – Spring 2017.

Lecturer, Department of Geography, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Spring Semester 2011.

Short-Term Resident Fellow, Newberry Library, Chicago, Illinois, Fall 2010.

Lecturer, Department of Geography, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Spring Semester 2010.

Researcher/Writer, The Arts Institute, University of Wisconsin-Madison, November 2009 to May 2010.

Honorary Fellow, College of Letters & Science, University of Wisconsin-Madison, July 1, 2008-June 30, 2009.

Associate Researcher, The University History Project, University of Wisconsin-Madison, July 1, 2006-June 30, 2008.

Assistant Researcher, The University History Project, University of Wisconsin-Madison,  January 1, 2001-June 30, 2006.

Project Assistant, The University History Project, University of Wisconsin-Madison, July 1996-December 2000.

Lecturer, Department of Geography, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Spring Semester 1996.

Lecturer, Department of Geography, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Summer Session 1995.

Teaching Assistant,  Department of Geography, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Fall 1994.

TEACHING EXPERIENCE:

Human Impacts on the Physical Environment (Geography 100); Environmental Conservation (Geography/Institute for Environmental Studies 339); Geography of Wisconsin (Geography 342); Regional Development and Planning (Geography 312); Physical Systems of the Environment lab (Geography 127).

RECENT FREELANCE WORK (2009-2014):

Researcher and Writer. Completed projects for the Rotary Club of Madison, Wisconsin; the University of Wisconsin Credit Union, Madison, Wisconsin; the Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society, Munich, Germany; and the Arts Institute, University of Wisconsin-Madison.

INVITED GUEST LECTURES:

“City Boosterism in the Nineteenth Century.” Lecture for Geography 305: Introduction to the City, University of Wisconsin-Madison, September 2006.

“The Rectangular Land Survey in Wisconsin.” Lecture for Geography 342: Geography of Wisconsin, University of Wisconsin-Madison, April 2004.

“The Post-World War II Building Boom and the Development of the University of Wisconsin-Madison Campus Environment.” Lecture for the Sesquicentennial event, A Landscape for Learning: The Environmental History and Future of the UW-Madison Campus, February 1999.

“The United States Public Land Survey.” Lecture for Geography 305: Map Reading and Use, University of Wisconsin-Madison, October 1997.

“Ethnic Settlement patterns in the American Middle West.” Lecture for Geography 345: North American Ethnicity, University of Wisconsin-Madison, February 1997.

PAPERS PRESENTED AT PROFESSIONAL CONFERENCES:

“Invisible Woman: Fanny Ellison’s Career with the American Medical Center for Burma,” presented at the annual meeting of the Association of American Geographers, Washington, D.C., April 15, 2010, in a session titled “Civil Rights in Context.”

“The American Medical Center for Burma Frontier Areas: A Post-World War II Non-Governmental Organization,” presented at the annual meeting of the Wisconsin Geographical Society, Stevens Point, Wisconsin, October 24, 2009.

“The ‘Burma Surgeon’ and Images of Burma in the Media, 1941-1969,” presented at the annual meeting of the Association of American Geographers, Las Vegas, March 2009, in a session titled “Media Geography XIII: Landscape, History & the Media.”

“A Short History of Imaginative Geographies of Lake Superior,” presented at the annual meeting of the Association of American Geographers, San Francisco, April 2007, in a session titled “The Scientific Gaze: Nature, Society, and Exploration.”

“Charles Whittlesey and Geological Survey of the South Shore of Lake Superior,” presented at the American Society for Environmental History/Forest History Society joint annual meeting, St. Paul, Minnesota, April 2006.

“Landscapes of Fear: Cinema, Propaganda, and Vigilantism in Northern Wisconsin, 1915-1918,” presented at the Centennial meeting of the Association of American Geographers, Philadelphia, March 2004.

“Charles Whittlesey’s Writings on the Lake Superior Country,” presented at the annual meeting of the Association of American Geographers, New Orleans, March 2003.

“Poets, Surveyors, and Boosters: Constructing the Romantic Image of the Lake Superior Country in the Nineteenth Century,” presented at the annual meeting of the Association of American Geographers, New York City, New York, March 2001.

“Booster Rhetoric, Hard Labor, and Landscape Change in the Chequamegon Bay Region of Lake Superior, 1870-1930,” presented at the annual meeting of the Association of American Geographers, Honolulu, Hawaii, April 1999.

Fin de Siècle Representations of Laborers and Landscapes in the Chequamegon Bay Region of Lake Superior,” presented at the annual meeting of the Association of American Geographers, Boston, Massachusetts, March 1998.

“Newspapers and the Making of Place: A Northern Wisconsin Example,” presented at the annual meeting of the Association of American Geographers, Fort Worth, Texas, April 1997.

“The Wilderness Concept: Contested Ideas of Nature and Place,” presented at the annual meeting Association of the Association of American Geographers, Charlotte, North Carolina, April 1996.

“Images of Nature and Place on Wisconsin’s Lake Superior Coast,” presented at the annual meeting of the Association of American Geographers, Chicago, Illinois, April 1995.

“A Many-Storied Place: Popular Narrative Models on the Shores of Chequamegon Bay, 1870-1896,” presented at the annual meeting of the Association of American Geographers, San Francisco, California, April 1994.

PUBLICATIONS:

Books:

John W. Jenkins and Eric D. Olmanson, A Centennial History of the Rotary Club of Madison, 1913-2013, Madison, Wisconsin: The Rotary Club of Madison, 2014.  Available here: http://rotarymadison.org/?page_id=332

The Future City on the Inland Sea: A History of Imaginative Geographies of Lake Superior, Athens: Ohio University Press, 2007 (Awarded the J. B. Jackson Prize by the Association of American Geographers).

Articles/Book Chapters:

Promotion and Transformation of Landscapes along the CB&Q Railroad,” a hyper-textual essay and online exhibit of documents held by the Newberry Library, funded and hosted by the Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society, Munich, Germany.

“Campus Unrest and Student Activism,” in A History of Housing at the University of Wisconsin, Barry Teicher, John W. Jenkins, and Eric D. Olmanson (Madison: Division of University Housing, 2006): 82-103.

“Moving the Medical Center to the Western Edge,” Quarterly: The Magazine for the University of Wisconsin Medical School Alumni and Friends, Volume 3, Number 4, Fall 2001.

“Northern Exposures: Bird’s-Eye Views of Nature and Place on Wisconsin’s Lake Superior Coast During the Summer of 1886,” in Wisconsin Land and Life, Robert C. Ostergren and Thomas R. Vale, editors, Madison: University of Wisconsin Press, 1997: 470-488.

Editorial Work:

“Landscape, History and the Media,” edited by Christina Dando and Eric Olmanson, Aether: the Journal of Media Geography, Volume XI, February 2013 (Northridge: The Center for Geographic Studies, California State University). http://130.166.124.2/~aether/pdf/volume_11/volume_11.pdf

Book Reviews:

Review of Chad Montrie,  A People’s History of Environmentalism in the United States (New York: Continuum International Publishing Group, 2011), Northeastern Geographer; 2012, Vol. 4, p101-110.

Review of Martin Brückner and Hsuan L. Hsu, editors,  American Literary Geographies: Spatial Practice and Cultural Production, 1500-1900 (Newark: University of Delaware Press, 2007), in  Journal of Historical Geography (October 2009): 773-775.

Review of Brian K. Obach, Labor and the Environmental Movement: The Quest for Common Ground (Cambridge: MIT Press, 2004), in Environmental History (October 2004): 762-763.

PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES:

Peer Reviewer:

Oregon State University Press (book proposals, 2013 and 2015; completed manuscript 2016.

Wisconsin Geographer, 2006-2009.

Historical Geography, 1998.

Committee Membership:

University of Wisconsin-Madison Archives Committee, 2006-2007.

Panel Participation:

Panelist for a session on “Becoming a Writer II: Human Geography,” organized by Kathryn Davis, San Jose State University, annual meeting of the Association of American Geographers, San Francisco, April 2007.

Commentator/Discussant:

Commentator for a session on the “History of Brewing in the Upper Midwest,” at the Northern Great Plains History conference at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, Eau Claire, Wisconsin, September 2005.

Session Organizer and/or Chair:

Chair, “Civil Rights in Context,” at the annual meeting of the Association of American Geographers, Washington, D.C., April 15, 2010.

Chair, “Media Geography XIII: Landscape, History & the Media,” sponsored by the Cultural Geography, Communication Geography, and Historical Geography specialty groups, annual meeting of the Association of American Geographers, Las Vegas, Nevada, March 2009.

Co-organizer and Chair of a session sponsored by the Cultural Geography, and Communications Geography specialty groups, with Dr. Christopher Lukinbeal, discussant, Centennial meeting of the Association of American Geographers, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 2004.

Co-organizer of a session sponsored by the Cultural Geography, Environmental and Behavioral Geography, and Historical Geography specialty groups, with Dr. Patrick McGreevy as discussant, annual meeting of the Association of American Geographers, Honolulu, Hawaii, 1999.

Co-organizer of a session, sponsored by the Historical Geography specialty group, with Dr. Michael Conzen as discussant, annual meeting of the Association of American Geographers,  Boston, Massachusetts, 1998.

 Chaired a Session for the 1998 Spring Undergraduate Symposium, Department of Geography, University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Organizer of a session, sponsored by the Cultural and Historical Geography specialty groups, with Dr. Fred Luckermann as discussant, annual meeting of the Association of American Geographers, Fort Worth, Texas, 1997.

Chair of a session, sponsored by the Historical Geography Specialty Group, annual meeting of the Association of American Geographers, Chicago, IL, 1995.

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS:

American Society for Environmental History

Association of American Geographers
(Specialty Groups: Cultural Geography, Environmental Perception & Behavioral     Geography, Health & Medical Geography, Historical Geography, History of     Geography)

European Society for Environmental History

Forest History Society

AWARDS:

John Brinckerhoff Jackson Prize of the Association of American Geographers, awarded at the annual meeting of the AAG, April 19, 2008.

Great Lakes American Studies Association and Ohio University Press Book Award, 2005.

Whitbeck Research Award, Spring 1995.

Cora P. Sletten Scholarship, 1988-1989.

PHYSICAL LABOR:

Beginning with a part-time job at a feed mill as a teenager, I have gained considerable experience in a variety of jobs. After high school I built a log cabin in the Norseland woods of southern Minnesota with some friends, where we made and sold maple syrup. The most physically demanding job I had was as a flagman for a crop duster. I have also worked as an assistant electrician, construction worker, painter, in a kitchen and a health food store. My most emotionally demanding (and rewarding) job was providing direct care work for intellectually disabled individuals for the state of Minnesota. I also received training in American Sign Language, deafness, and deaf culture. During graduate school I had a part-time job as a community gardens maintenance worker. Some of the best ideas for my dissertation germinated while clearing paths with a weed whacker. More recently, I have remodeled my own condominium and helped a friend remodel his. I have also helped recondition and maintain rental properties, including cleaning, painting, plumbing, electrical, installation of new windows, doors, flooring, and new walls. Before returning to the USA in April 2015, I worked for Svendsen Sport, Gastrup, Denmark. I was impressed by the general working environment, how hard everyone worked, and the cold beer and congeniality on the shop floor at the end of each work week.

 

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