Derek Larson


Derek Larson is a Professor of History and Environmental Studies at CSB|SJU, where he has taught since 1998. He earned his Ph.D. and M.A. in United States History at Indiana University, prior to which he completed an M.A. in Religion at Yale University and an undergraduate degree in History and Religious Studies at Lewis and Clark College. His academic interests include American environmental history, interdisciplinary environmental studies, and the relationship between culture, politics, and the environment. He has written a monthly opinion column for the St. Cloud Times since 2002 and his latest academic work includes a book titled Keeping Oregon Green: Livability, Stewardship, and the Challenges of Growth, 1960-1980 (Oregon State University Press, 2016).

Research Interests and Current Research:

  • 20th c. US History
  • Environmental History
  • US Religious History
  • US Political History
  • History of the American West
  • Campus/Institutional Sustainability
  • Small-Scale Renewable Energy
  • Sustainable Design
  • Religion and Environment
  • Comparative Sustainability

Recent Presentations:

  • “Creating a Year of Sustainability on Your Campus” Upper Midwest Association for Campus Sustainability Annual Conference
  • “Environmental Sustainability in Higher Education” 24th Annual Peace Studies Conference, CSB/SJU
  • “STARS: Sustainability, Tracking, Assessment, and Rating System” Upper Midwest Association for Campus Sustainability Annual Conference
  • Strategies for Integrating Sustainability Across Curriculum” Invited workshop facilitator, AASHE Curriculum Conference, Wake Forest University
  • Alternative Energy in Minnesota: Possibilities and Prospects” St. John’s Arboretum
  • “Building Sustainable Campuses: Role for Residence Life” Minnesota College Residence Life Association Annual Meeting

Professor Derek Larson featured in St. Cloud Times October 7, 2016

Other works available here.