Kristen Greteman

Contact

Dept:HIST
Email:kristen5@iastate.edu
Office:603 Ross
527 Farm House Ln.
Ames IA
50011-1054
Phone:515-294-7266

Bio

Originally trained as an architect and planner, I have been working towards a PhD in rural environmental history. I focus on the environmental and agricultural history in the rural spaces of north central Iowa. Currently, I am researching the Prairie Pothole Region (PPR) of the Des Moines lobe, in Iowa and beyond, into the six states and three provinces that the wet prairie used to exist within. I tell the stories of small, rural places with complex histories using interdisciplinary methods. Discussing the science of the prairie through an historical lens makes it relatable to non-scientists like me. My work helps people to better understand, and ultimately, care about the places they live.

Area of Research

Connections between natural and built environments, the meaning and value of place over time, reconstruction of historical ecologies

Publications

Greteman on Hediger, 'Homesickness: Of Trauma and the Longing for Place in a Changing Environment', 2021

Lost Lake: A Deep Map of a Farm Field, 2020

The Pursuit of Happiness: The Shifting Narrative of Suburbia and the American Dream, 2016

Education

Master of Arts, History, Iowa State University, 2020
Master of Science, Architecture, Iowa State University, 2016
Master of Community & Regional Planning, Iowa State University, 2016
Bachelor of Architecture, Iowa State University, 2011