Mark Harvey

Professor and Head of Department

PhD 1986, University of Wyoming

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Telephone: 701-231-8828

422K Minard Hall

Mark Harvey was born and raised in Wisconsin, growing up on the shores of Lake Michigan.  He earned his B.A. in History at Luther College in Decorah, Iowa, and his M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in history from the University of Wyoming.   He specializes in the environmental history of the United States, with a focus on public lands, especially national parks and wilderness.  He enjoys photography and hiking in the mountains.  His favorite places to hike are in the Alps, Grand Teton and Glacier National Parks, and the Green and White Mountains of Vermont and New Hampshire. 

Areas of Specialization:  Environmental, American West, United States Since 1945

Books Published

  • A Symbol of Wilderness: Echo Park and the American Conservation Movement (Seattle: University of Washington Press, 2000).
  • Wilderness Forever: Howard Zahniser and the Path to the Wilderness Act (Seattle: University of Washington Press, 2005).
  • Ed. The Wilderness Writings of Howard Zahniser (Seattle: University of Washington Press, 2014).

Selected book chapters:

  • “The Environmental History of the Truman Years, 1945-53,” in Daniel S. Margolies, ed., A Companion to Harry S. Truman (Wiley-Blackwell, 2012), pp. 260-286.
  • “Loving the Wild in Postwar America,” in Michael Lewis, ed., American Wilderness: A New History (New York: Oxford University Press, 2007), pp. 187-203.
  • Journal articles in Pacific Historical Review, Montana: The Magazine of Western History, Minnesota History, North Dakota History, Utah Historical Quarterly, Annals of Wyoming, New Mexico Historical Review.


Larry Rowen Remele Award,Northern Great Plains History Conference, 2016.

Faculty Lectureship Award, North Dakota State University,2008.      

Charles A. Weyerhaeuser Award, Forest History Society, presented in 2006, for best book in forest and conservation history published in 2005.

Outstanding Educator Award for 2006, College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences, North Dakota State University.

Courses Taught:

U.S. Environmental History
World Environmental History
The United States Since 1960
The United States in the Long 1960s
American West to 1890
Readings in Environmental History (graduate)
Readings in American West History (graduate)

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