Michael J. Lansing is an associate professor of history at Augsburg University. His current project is The Cradle of Carbohydrates: Minneapolis and the Making of the World’s Food, an environmental history of the city’s central role in the invention and global propagation of industrial carbohydrates. He has received long-term fellowships from the Newberry Library and the Minnesota Historical Society as well as awards from the Western History Association, the Midwestern History Association, the Montana Historical Society, and the Utah State Historical Society.

Michael’s publications include Insurgent Democracy: The Nonpartisan League in North American Politics (University of Chicago Press, 2015), the coauthored The American West: A Concise History (Wiley-Blackwell, 2008), and articles in the Western Historical Quarterly, Environmental History, the Journal of Historical Geography, the Middle West Review, the Utah Historical Quarterly, and Ethics, Place, and Environment. He is currently a member of the editorial board of the Journal of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era.