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Jim Feldman's research interests

by Jim Feldman last modified Jun 29, 2017 11:34 AM

As an American environmental historian and an environmental studies scholar, I have always been attracted to topics that have modern policy implications. My first book focused on the relationship between wilderness and history--trying to help understand the boundary between nature and culture in a wilderness setting. My second project has focused on a very different nature/culture boundary--the history of our search for a geologic repository to store radioactive waste.


Feldman, James W. A Storied Wilderness: Rewilding the Apostle Islands (Seattle: University of Washington Press, 2011).

  • A short video exploring the main arguments of A Storied Wilderness
  • The University of Washington Press's book page for A Storied Wilderness


Feldman, James W., ed. Nuclear Reactions: Documenting American Encounters with Nuclear Energy (Seattle: University of Washington Press, 2016).

  • The University of Washington Press's book page for Nuclear Reactions

Selected Articles and Book Chapters:

Feldman, James, “Permanence, Justice, and Nuclear Waste at Prairie Island,” in Nuclear Portraits: Communities, the Environment, and Public Policy, ed. Laurel McDowell. (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2017).

Feldman, James, “Border Ecologies in the Boundary Waters,” in Border Flows: A Century of Canadian-American Border Relations, ed. Lynne Heasley and Daniel MacFarlane (Calgary: University of Calgary Press, 2016).


Feldman, James, “Working in Nature, Playing in Wilderness: Race, Class, and Environmental History in the Apostle Islands,” in Working on Earth: Class and Environmental Justice, ed. Christina Robertson and Jennifer Westerman (Reno: University of Nevada Press, 2015).


Feldman, James, “The Need for Legible Landscapes,” George Wright Forum 28 (no. 2, 2011): 148-160.


Feldman, James, “’Spontaneous’ Rewilding of the Apostle Islands” in Marc Hall, ed., Restoration and History: The Search for a Usable Environmental Past (New York: Routledge Press, 2009).


Feldman, James, and Lynne Heasley, “Recentering North American Environmental History: Pedagogy and Scholarship in the Great Lakes Region,”Environmental History 12 (October 2007): 951-58.


Feldman, James, “The View from Sand Island: Reconsidering the Peripheral Economy,” Western Historical Quarterly 35 (Autumn 2004): 284-307.



Current Research Projects:

  • Our Waste, Our Problem: History, Sustainability, and Radioactive Waste (a book-length project on the search for a geologic repository to store radioactive waste in the U.S.)
  • A history of the cleanup of PCBs from the Fox River in northeastern Wisconsin (a part of the FORWARDS project, an interdisciplinary research effort in the Environmental Studies Program at UW Oshkosh)

Full curriculum vitae

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by Jim Feldman last modified Jun 29, 2017 11:34 AM