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Margot Higgins

Pronouns: She/Her
Associate Teaching Professor
Environmental Studies
University of Wisconsin-La Crosse

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Margot Higgins Pronouns: She/Her

Associate Teaching Professor

Environmental Studies

Specialty area(s)

Environmental Justice, Political Ecology, Environmental History

Current courses at UWL

Introduction to Environmental Studies

Feeding the planet: Environmental justice of our food systems

Environmental Justice, Injustice, and Activism: From Civil Rights to Black Lives Matter and Idle No More

Americans and the Global Parks and Wilderness

Occupying the Driftless

Environmental Sustainability

Environmental Activism

Bicycling the Wisconsin Landscape: A History and Politics of Bicycling


2015  Ph.D. Environmental Science, Policy and Management

            University of California Berkeley, Berkeley, CA

2010  M.A. Human Development, Graduate School of Education

            University of California Berkeley, Berkeley, CA

2005  M.S. Environmental Studies

            The University of Montana, Missoula, MT

1997  B.A. American Studies and Art History

            Colby College, Waterville, ME

1996    School for International Training Semester in Kenya


Research and publishing

2014   Higgins, M. Contributing to Alaska Communities by Cultivating Local Monitoring for National Park Management, Journal of Research Practice Vol.10 (2).

2014   Diver, S. and Higgins, M. Giving Back Through Collaborative Research: Towards a Practice of Dynamic Reciprocity, Journal of Research Practice Vol. 10 (2).                                                

2015   C.N.E.Corbin, Guillermo R. Douglass-Jaimes, Jesse Williamson, Ashton Wesner, Margot Higgins, and Jenny L. Palomino. “(Re)Thinking the Tenure Process by Embracing Diversity in Scholars and Scholarship. Graduate and Professional Student Policy Journal. Winner: Article of Distinction.

2016    Higgins, M. Book Review. “Bike Battles: A History of Sharing the American Road. By James Longhurst. Environmental History (2016) 21 (3): 566-568 doi:10.1093/envhis/emw028

2016   Higgins, M. “Ghost Dancers and Shadow Keepers,” Orion Magazine (Summer/Fall issue 2016)

2017    Higgins, M. “Inhabiting the Alaska Wild,” book chapter in an edited volume Wildness: Relations of People and Place University of Chicago Press. Edited by John Hausdoerffer and Gavin Van Horn. 

2017    Higgins, M. "Beyond Copper and Conservation: Mining for New Imaginaries in Wrangell-Saint Elias National Park and Preserve," book chapter in the edited volume Critical Norths: Space, Nature, Theory. University of Alaska Press, Edited by Kevin Maier and Sarah Ray. 

2018 Weir, J., Wölfle, C., S., S. D., Higgins, M. Doctoral Fieldwork Experiences With and Without Indigenous Communities in Settler-Colonial Societies. ACME: An International Journal for Critical Geographies.

2021 Higgins. M. Embodied Learning: By Way of the Bicycle. Network in Canadian History and Environment (1) 4

2021 Caroline Gottschalk Druschke1 , Tamara Dean2 , Margot Higgins3 , Marissa Beaty , Lisa Henner , Robin Hosemann , Julia Meyer , Ben Sellers , Sydney Widell , Tenzin Woser.Stories from the Flood: Promoting Healing and Fostering Policy Change Through Storytelling, Community Literacy, and Community-based Learning. Community Literacy Journal (Accepted)

2022    Gottschalk Druschke, Caroline, Margot Higgins, Tamara Dean, Eric Booth, Rebecca Lave.“Storying the Floods: Experiments in Feminist Flood Futures.” Open Rivers: Rethinking Water, Place & Community, no. 22.

2022    Gottschalk Druschke, Caroline, Dean, Tamara, Alsbury, Rachel., Buskirk, Julie, Higgins, Margot, Johnson, Eloise, Koretskov, Sharron, Ledrowski, N, Navarre, M., Steinmetz, Brad, Waldinger, Emma, Wolle, Elouise., Wood, Sam, and Zuleger, Carl.  Cultivating Empathy on the Eve of a Pandemic. Reflections: A Journal of Community-Engaged Writing and Rhetoric21(1).



Margot Higgins, Environmental Studies, authored the article "Embodied Learning--By Way of a Bicycle" in 4th in a series "History En Velo" published on Sept. 29, 2021 by NiCHE: Network in Canadian History & Environment.

Submitted on: Feb. 10, 2022


Ashley Edwards, Communication Studies; Margot Higgins, Environmental Studies; Hongying Xu, Global Cultures & Languages; Grace Deason, Psychology; and Benjamin Golden, Theatre Arts; received a CASSH Small Grant. They have been awarded a CASSH equity gap grant for “Effective Dissemination of the CASSH R&R Committee’s Report." The goal of this project is to disseminate information from the CASSH Recruitment & Retention Committee Report in a way that maximizes its impact on recruitment and retention of diverse faculty, staff, and students in CASSH. Their grant allows them to pay an undergraduate student artist to create a series of infographics that will convey the information from the report in an interpretable and engaging manner.

Submitted on: Mar. 4, 2020


Margot Higgins, Environmental Studies served as Co-Organizer of "Stories from the Flood, a Reflection of Resilience." The Driftless Writing Center, its partners, storytellers, and members of the public gathered in La Farge, Wisconsin on Nov. 7th to share stories and discuss the challenges we face from recurrent flooding. A bound booklet of narrative excerpts and images collected during the Stories from the Flood project was available to attendees.

Submitted on: Nov. 25, 2019