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George Vrtis

Professor of Environmental Studies and History, History

Education & Professional History

Marquette University, BS; Northwestern University, MA; Georgetown University, PhD


At Carleton since 2006.

Highlights & Recent Activity

Professor George Vrtis’ research and teaching interests focus on the fields of American and World environmental history, the American West, and contemporary environmental issues. As a joint appointment in the History Department and the Environmental Studies Program, he teaches courses on a wide range of subjects, including American Environmental History, American Wilderness, Wilderness Field Studies at the Grand Canyon, American Cities and Nature, and American Farms and Food. His recent publications include Mining North America: An Environmental History since 1522 (University of California Press, 2017), co-edited with John McNeill, Georgetown University; and Nature’s Crossroads: The Twin Cities and Greater Minnesota (University of Pittsburgh Press, forthcoming 2021), co-edited with Christopher Wells, Macalester College. He is currently working on a study of gold mining in North America and another on the preservation of wilderness at Grand Canyon National Park.

Current Courses

  • Fall 2020
    HIST 205: American Environmental History
  • Winter 2021
    HIST 308: American Cities and Nature
  • Spring 2021
    HIST 205: American Environmental History
  • Fall 2021
    HIST 100: American Farms and Food
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    HIST 205: American Environmental History
  • Winter 2022
    HIST 306: American Wilderness
  • Spring 2022
    ENTS 307: Wildrnss Fld Std: Grand Canyon