Participant Info

First Name
Lisa M.
Last Name
Boise State University
Website URL
Environment, War, Korea, United States, Global
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Personal Info

About Me

I am an environmental historian of war. My work examines the ways in which environmental factors play into military conflict in the global context, with particular focus on the modern period. My current project is an environmental history of conflict on the Korean Peninsula in the twentieth century.

I served as the Editor-in-Chief of Environmental History from 2013-2019 and am now series editor for War, Conflict, and Environment through Leiden University Press.

I am currently Department Chair of the History Department at Boise State University and the Faculty Lead for the Humanities and Social Sciences Initiative through Boise State’s College of Arts and Sciences.

Recent Publications

“A Disturbing Pattern,” with Sara Pritchard, Brinda Sarathy, Nancy Langston, Kathleen Brosnan, Ann Greene, Emily Wakild, Julie Cohn, Laura Alice Watt, Nancy Jacobs, Sarah Elkind, and Sara Gregg. In Inside Higher Ed. Accepted July 22, 2021; published August 27, 2021.

“From War Zone to Biosphere Reserve: The Korean DMZ as a Scientific Landscape,” Notes and Records of the Royal Society for the History of Science, 75 (June 2021): 185-205. Special Issue, “Biodiversity and the History of Scientific Environments,” guest edited by Anita Guerrini and Georgina Montgomery. Published online October 21, 2020.

“Mountain, Militarized: North Korea, Nuclear Tests, and Nature.” Arcadia: Explorations in Environmental History 3 (Spring 2019), RCC Environment and Society Portal.

“Valuing the Wounds of War: Korea’s DMZ as Nature Preserve.” In Collateral Values: The Natural Capital Created by Landscapes of War, ed. Peter Smallwood and Todd Lookingbill (London: Springer, 2019), 157-176.

“Sowing War, Reaping Peace: UN Resource Development Programs in the Republic of Korea, 1950-1953,” Journal of Asian Studies (April 2018).

“Nature as Material Culture: Antietam National Battlefield” with Timothy Silver for War Matters: Essays on the Material Culture of the American Civil War, ed. Joan Cashin (University of North Carolina Press, forthcoming 2018).

“Korea’s Green Ribbon of Hope: History, Ecology, and Activism in the DMZ,” Solutions (2012).

War upon the Land: Military Strategy and the Transformation of Southern Landscapes during the American Civil War(University of Georgia Press, 2012).

Media Coverage
"Lectures in History: Battling Nature in Korea and Vietnam," CSPAN-3 (
Country Focus
United States, Korea
Expertise by Geography
Korea, United States
Expertise by Chronology
Expertise by Topic
American Civil War, Environment, Military