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Chad Montrie

Chad Montrie, Ph.D. Professor
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    College of Fine Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
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    (978) 934-4275
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    Dugan Hall - 106e
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American Social, Environmental, and Labor History

Research Interests

Racial Exclusion in the United States, American Environmental Movement


Ph.D. Ohio State University (2001)

M.A. Ohio State University (1997)

B.A. University of Louisville (1994)


Chad Montrie is the author of five books, including: "Whiteness in Plain View; A History of Racial Exclusion in Minnesota" (2022). Other publications drawing on the research for that book include: “In That Very Northern City: Recovering the Forgotten Struggle for Racial Integration in Duluth, Minnesota” (Minnesota History, 2020) and “A Bigoted, Prejudiced, Hateful Little Area: The Making of an All-White Suburb in the Deep North” (Journal of Urban History, 2019). 

Montrie teaches Historical Methods, Alcohol in American History, Food in American History, American Environmental History, Radicalism in American History, US in the 1960s, World War II, War in Vietnam, and Malcolm X.

Selected Publications

"Whiteness in Plain View: A History of Racial Exclusion in Minnesota" (Minnesota Historical Society Press, 2022)

"The Myth of ‘Silent Spring’: Rethinking the Origins of American Environmentalism" (University of California Press, 2018)

"A People’s History of Environmentalism in the United States" (Continuum Press, 2011)

"Making a Living: Work and Environment in the United States" (University of North Carolina Press, 2008)

"To Save the Land and People: A History of Opposition to Surface Coal Mining in Appalachia" (University of North Carolina Press, 2003)