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Brian McCammack recognized for book, Time article input

Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies Brian McCammack’s book was honored as the “best first book in American history” and he contributed to a Time article, “The 25 Moments From American History That Matter Right Now.”

McCammack’s new book Landscapes of Hope: Nature and the Great Migration in Chicago was awarded the Frederick Jackson Turner Award from the Organization of American Historians for best first book in American history, the American Society for Environmental History’s George Perkins Marsh Prize for best book in environmental history, and the Foundation for Landscape Studies’ John Brinckerhoff Jackson Book Prize for contribution to landscape studies.

“It’s been extremely gratifying and humbling for it to have received the recognition it has over the past several months, particularly when I look at the lists of past recipients,” McCammack said. “They’re full of books I’ve read and greatly admired since my undergraduate years, so for my book to join them is pretty surreal.”

He was recently interviewed by J.T. Roane, associate editor at Black Perspectives and an Assistant Professor of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at the University of Cincinnati. The whole interview can be found here.

“I feel quite fortunate the book has been recognized by my colleagues,” McCammack said. “When it was published, I just wanted people to read it, and the recognition likely means that more people will read it than would have otherwise.”

In his contribution to the Time article “The 25 Moments From American History That Matter Right Now,” McCammack discusses an assault on Martin Luther King Jr. in Chicago in 1966. 

“I was excited to contribute a Chicago moment to the list, because I think the city has been and remains central to the way we understand racial inequality and conflict in this country,” McCammack said. “Despite the particular moment not being conventionally thought of as environmental history, it does relate to my next book-length environmental history project.”

McCammack is currently working on a book that examines the origins of the environmental justice movement as well as mentoring Lake Forest College student and Richter Scholar Uche Okeke ’21 through research about race and the environment in post-World War II Chicago.

—Sangjun Hornewer ’20