Professor of Environmental Studies, Associate Director of the Jan Serie Center for Scholarship and Teaching
Environmental history

Olin-Rice Science Center, 249c


Curriculum Vitae

Professor Wells’ 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), and a documents reader on the post-WWII history of environmental inequalities and the rise of the Environmental Justice movement.

  • BA in History and English, Williams College, 1995
  • MA in History, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1997
  • PhD in History, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2004