Environmental Studies

Derek Larson

Degrees and Post Graduate Research/Study:
  • Ph.D., History, Indiana University
  • M.A., History, Indiana University
  • M.A., Religion, Yale University
  • B.A., History and Religious Studies, Lewis and Clark College
  • ENVR 150 Introduction to Environmental Studies
  • ENVR 300N Conservation and Natural Resource Management
  • ENVR 315 American Environmental Classics
  • ENVR 320 Research Colloquium
  • ENVR 395 Research Seminar
  • HIST 360 US Environmental History
  • ENVR 378A 20th Century World Environmental History

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 environment and culture in post-WWII America and the history of the American West. Every month he writes an Op-Ed article for the St. Cloud Times and has regular columns for the Avon Hills Salon blog. In his spare time he enjoys fishing, playing guitar, camping and woodworking.

Selected Publications:
  • Book Keeping Oregon Green: Livability, Stewardship, and the Challenges of Growth, 1960-1980 (Oregon State University Press, 2016).
  • "In My Opinion: Life on the Editorial Page," Headwaters: Vol. 28, 87-147. (2015)
  • "Avoiding "Silent Fall": Ethics and the Future of Hunting," Headwaters: Vol. 23, 109-125. (2006)
  • "For Beauty as Well as Bread: Saint John's and the Land" in Hillary Thimesh (ed.) Saint John's at 150: A Portrait of This Place Called Collegeville. 1856-2006. (Collegeville, Minn: Saint John's University Press, 2006)
Derek Larson
Dr. Derek Larson, professor

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College of Saint Benedict
Saint John’s University

Dr. Derek Larson
Chair, Environmental Studies
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Jennifer Kutter
Department Coordinator
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