Chris Wells specializes in U.S. environmental history with additional interests in
the history of technology, cultural history, and urban history. He has published articles
in Agricultural History, Technology and Culture, and the International Journal of
Sustainability in Higher Education, and is currently working on a book for the University
of Washington Press titled "Car Country: Automobiles, Roads, and the Origins of the
Modern American Landscape, 1890-1960", which focuses on the environmental
ramifications of reorienting the nation's landscape around automobiles before 1960.
He is also fascinated by contemporary movements--such as green architecture, the New
Urbanism, and Smart Growth--that are trying to remake the world in a more sustainable
EDUCATION: B.A., Williams College, 1995; M.A., University of Wisconsin, Madison, 1997;
Ph.D., University of Wisconsin, Madison, 2004.
Wells has been teaching at Macalester since 2005.
Articles, Peer Reviewed
Automobile (with James J. Fink), Dictionary of American History (2003)