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Derek Larson

Academic Interests:

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.

Courses Taught:
  • HIST 152: American Experience
  • HIST 357: United States From World War I to 1960
  • HIST 360: U.S. Environmental History
  • HIST 399: Senior Thesis

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.

Environmental Studies Page

  • Education

    Ph.D., Indiana University, 2001
    M.A., History, Indiana University, 1995
    M.A., Religion, Yale University Divinity School, 1993
    B.A., Lewis and Clark College, 1990