Faculty in the Department of History

Leif Fredrickson

Leif Fredrickson

Visiting Assistant Professor of History

Office: LA 260
Email: leif.fredrickson@umconnect.umt.edu
Office Hours:

9am-11am (Thursday) or by appointment. *Remote via Zoom for 2020 and 2021. Click to enter waiting room.

Personal Website

Field of Study

Modern US History; Urban and Environmental History; Public History


PhD, University of Virginia
MA, University of Montana
BA, Vassar College

Selected Publications

“Paving the Way for Trump: Past Presidential Assaults on Environmental Health Protection,” American Journal of Public Health 108, no. S2 (April 1, 2018). *Lead author.

“Bio-Invasions and Bio-Fixes: Mysid Shrimp Introductions in the Twentieth Century,” Environment and History vol. 23, no.2, 2017.

“From Ecocide to Eco-ally: Picloram, Herbicidal Warfare, and Invasive Species, 1963-2005,” in Global Environment: A Journal of Transdisciplinary History (Rachel Carson Center Special Issue on Hazardous Substances), vol. 7, no. 1, 2014.

“The Riot Environment: Sanitation, Recreation, and Pacification in the Wake of Baltimore’s 1968 Uprising,” in Nicole King and Kate Drabinski, eds., Baltimore Revisited: Rethinking and Remaking a Right to the City (Rutgers University Press, 2019).

“The Rise and Fall of an Ecostar: Green Technology Innovation and Marketing as Regulatory Obstruction,” in Hartmut Berghoff and Adam Rome, eds., Green Capitalism? Business and Environment in the Twentieth Century (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2017).

A Sheep in the Closet the Erosion of Enforcement at the EPA,” (Environmental Data & Governance Initiative, November 2018, updated May 2019). *Co-lead author.


Would Firing Scott Pruitt Save the EPA?” Washington Post, May 25, 2018.

Planet Rock” Environmental Histories of Songs,” Enviro-History, March 14, 2018.

Back to Basics, or a Departure from Environmental Protections? History Lends Perspective,” Public Lab Community Science Forum, December 5, 2017.

The Federal Agency that Few Americans Have Heard of and Which We All Need to Know,” Washington Post, September 28, 2017.

The Environmental Protection Agency Is Not the Nation's Janitor,” The Guardian, July 28, 2017.

Scott Pruitt is Wrong About the Origins of the EPA,” Washington Post, July 14, 2017.

Suburban Commuters, Urban Polluters,” Edge Effects, March 14, 2017.

The Environment of Opportunity,” First Year 2017: Where the Next President Begins, Volume 6, Miller Center of Public Affairs, November 30, 2016.

Lead Poisoning: Then and Now,” We’re History, March 29, 2016.

The ‘Depression Disease’: What the United States’ First National Lead Poisoning Crisis Can Teach Us about the Flint Water Disaster,” American Historical Association Today, March 14, 2016.

The Surprising Link Between Postwar Suburban Development and Today’s Inner-City Lead Poisoning,” The Conversation, February 25, 2016.

Urban Policy – Lessons from History,” Common Place: The Anatomy and Art of Thriving Communities, November 14, 2014.



HSTA 391: The History of Missoula

HSTR 369: 20th Century American West

HSTA 391/491: Exploring Public History

Research Interests

Environmental history; environmental justice; urban development, technology and infrastructure; history of public health; history of the environment and the state.

Policy history and the application of history of policy. Op-ed writing.

Digital humanities; spatial humanities. Application of GIS to historical research. Interactive web-based maps.

Public history; podcasting; interpretive writing; oral history.



The Age of Lead: Metropolitan Change, Environmental Health, and Inner-City Underdevelopment in Baltimore. (University of Virginia, Department of History, May 2017).

* Winner of Council of Graduate Schools/ProQuest Distinguished Dissertation Award in Humanities and Fine Arts for the past two years.

* Winner of Michael Katz Award for Best Dissertation in Urban History, Urban History Association.


Enviro-History.com. Website about environmental history and humanities, geared toward the public.

The Mysis Crisis: How Fisheries Scientists Turned an Isolated Shrimp into an ‘Invasive Species. Interactive Map. Enviro-History, March 16, 2018.

Death in the West: The Murder of Frank Little. Forthcoming podcast about the unsolved lynching of union organizer Frank Little in Butte, Montana in 1917 -- and the broader historical context of his time.

Environmental Transitions and Memory Oral History Project. A large, multi-year oral history of current and former Environmental Protection Agency staff carried out by the Environmental Data & Governance Initiative.