Profile for Margot Higgins

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Specialty area(s)

political ecology, environmental history, environmental justice, national parks and wilderness, bicycle history and politics

Current courses at UWL

Introduction to Environmental Studies

Environmental Sustainability

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.   




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



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