Michael Wise | Department of History

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Michael Wise

Associate Professor, Director of Graduate Studies
(940) 891-6774
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Environmental History, History of the American West


I am an environmental historian and cultural geographer with unique expertise in the histories of food, agriculture, and animal-human relationships. My research merges traditional archival methods with the critical sensibilities of anthropology, film, food studies, and Indigenous studies, and also extends interdisciplinary ties to plant biology, wildlife ecology and other branches of the life sciences. A core theme of my work is to reveal the unacknowledged roles played by historical narratives in the organization and manipulation of the physical world. I am currently finishing a book on the history of food and colonialism in Native North America, as well as beginning a new monograph on the effects of hunger and other bodily sensations on the history of geographical fieldwork in the nineteenth-century North American West.

In addition to teaching courses in these research fields, I serve as the director of UNT's Food Studies Certificate program as well as the Department of History's Director of Graduate Studies. I edit the University of Arkansas Press's Food and Foodways book series with my UNT colleague, Jennifer Jensen Wallach, and--with my international colleagues Arn Keeling and Briony McDonagh--edit the American Association of Geographers' peer-reviewed journal Historical Geography.

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Selected Publications:

Producing Predators: Wolves, Work, and Conquest in the Northern Rockies (Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 2016).

"Seeing Like a Stomach: Food, the Body, and Jeffersonian Exploration in the Near Southwest," Southwestern Historical Quarterly 120:4 (April 2017): 463-491.

"The Place that Feeds You: Allotment and the Struggle for Blackfeet Food Sovereignty," in Food Across Borders (New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press, 2017): 163-180.

"Meat," in The Routledge History of American Foodways, eds. Michael D. Wise and Jennifer Jensen Wallach (New York: Routledge, 2016): 97-112.

"Killing Montana's Wolves: Stockgrowers, Bounty Bills, and the Uncertain Distinction Between Predator and Producer," Montana: The Magazine of Western History 63 (Winter 2013): 51-67.

"Colonial Beef and the Blackfeet Reservation Slaughterhouse, 1879-1895," Radical History Review 110 (2011): 59-82.

Selected Awards and Recent Accomplishments:

2019 - Faculty Spotlight Award for Supporting Student Athletes, University of North Texas.

2018 - H. Bailey Carroll Award, Texas State Historical Association.

2014 - Vivian A. Paladin Award, Montana Historical Society.

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