Gregg Mitman is the Vilas Research and William Coleman Professor of History of Science, Medical History, and Environmental Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
An award-winning author, filmmaker, and teacher, his interests span the history of science, medicine, and the environment in the United States and the world, and reflect a commitment to environmental and social justice.
Mitman is the founding director of the Nelson Institute’s Center for Culture, History and Environment, and is also curator of the UW-Madison’s popular environmental film festival, Tales from Planet Earth. He is currently at work on a multimedia project—a film, book, and public history website—that explores the history and legacy of a 1926 Harvard medical expedition to Liberia and the environmental and social consequences that follow in the expedition’s wake.
He recently co-produced and co-directed with Sarita Siegel, In the Shadow of Ebola, a short film available online on PBS/Independent Lens that offers an intimate portrait of a family and a nation torn apart by the Ebola outbreak in West Africa.