Dr. Larson's field of study is 19th and 20th century US history as well as environmental history. He specializes in the American West, popular culture, politics, technology, social history, youth culture, and 20th Century film, music and television.
Derek Larson began teaching at the College of Saint Benedict and Saint John's University in 1998. Dr. Larson has served as Chair of the Environmental Studies Department since 2001 and holds a joint appointment with the CSB/SJU Department of History. His current research is focused on Environmental Politics in Oregon in the 1960s and 1970s. Every month he writes an Op-Ed article for the St. Cloud Times and in his spare time he enjoys fishing, playing guitar, camping and woodworking.