Chris Wells specializes in U.S. environmental history with additional interests in
the history of technology, urban history, and environmental justice. His research and
teaching focus on the ways that technology—and especially technological systems—have
reshaped the American environment, mediating and structuring people’s relationships with
the natural world. His book, Car Country: An Environmental History (2012), focuses on the
proliferation of car-dependent landscapes in the United States before 1956. His current
projects include a co-edited volume on Minnesota’s environmental history (with George
Vrtis, Carleton College), a documents reader on environmental justice, and a history of
the idea of “building with nature” in American domestic architecture. 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.
Peer Reviewed Articles and Essays
Automobile (with James J. Fink), Dictionary of American History (2003)