Matthew Klingle is associate professor of history and environmental studies at Bowdoin College. A fourth-generation Westerner, he was born and raised in Salt Lake City, Utah. A historian of the United States, his research and teaching focus on the North American West, environmental history, urban history, social and cultural history, and the history of science, technology, and medicine. He is the author of Emerald City: An Environmental History of Seattle (Yale, 2007), which received the biennial 2009 Ray Allen Billington Prize for the best book in American frontier history from the Organization of American Historians. He has also written numerous scholarly articles, contributions to anthologies, general audience essays and book reviews.