Montana State University
history, environmental history, history of science and technology
Area(s) of Expertise
Environmental history, history of science and technology, new materialist theory, history of mining
Timothy James LeCain is a historian of the environment and technology who focuses on the ways in which a new materialist approach can help us to better understand the past. His new book, The Matter of History: How Things Create the Past (Cambridge University Press, forthcoming), develops a bold new theoretical and methodological approach that emphasizes the many ways in which a dynamic material environment creates humans, both as biological and cultural creatures. LeCain's first book, Mass Destruction, won the 2010 best book of the year award from the American Society for Environmental History and was chosen as an Outstanding Book of the Year by Choice. He has published nearly fifty articles, op-ed pieces, reviews, and other pieces, and has been invited to present papers and talks around the world, including in the past three years, China, Morocco, South Africa, Chile, England, Sweden, Germany, and the Czech Republic. He is currently an Associate Professor of history and Director of Graduate Studies at Montana State University in Bozeman, Montana, where he lives with his wife and two children.