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Georgina M. Montgomery, Ph.D.

Georgina M. Montgomery
  • Associate Dean for Teaching & Learning
  • Associate Professor
  • History, Philosophy & Sociology of Science
  • Department of History
  • Pronouns: she/her


  • LB 324A with a focus on gender and evolution
  • LB 492 with a focus on diversity and inclusion in science teams
  • Study abroad in Oxford, UK, focused on the long-term ecological site Wytham Woods as a site for ecology, poetry, and art


Since high school, I have loved biology and history in almost equal measure! In Briggs, I found my intellectual home home with its focus on interdisciplinary teaching and research. I am also excited to contribute to the College as part of the leadership team in my role as Associate Dean of Teaching and Learning.


  • Ph.D, History of Science and Technology, University of Minnesota, 2005
  • B.A. with Honors, History, Lancaster University, Lancashire, UK


  • 2016: Teacher-Scholar Award, Michigan State University
  • 2015: Winner of the Excellence Award in Interdisciplinary Scholarship by the Michigan State University Chapter of the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi for the Collaborative Project, “Promoting Inclusive, Ethical, and Successful STEM Teams"
  • 2013: Lyman Briggs Distinguished Faculty Certificate, Michigan State University
  • 2012-13: Lilly Teaching Fellow, Michigan State University
  • 2007: Animals and Society Course Award, The Humane Society of the United States (Annual Award for Academic Excellence in Course Design and Instruction), Fall 2007


I am an Associate Professor and Associate Dean of Teaching and Learning at Lyman Briggs College and the Department of History at Michigan State University. My 2015 book, Primates in the Real World, explores the people, practices, and places involved in primate studies from the 1920s to the present. My current research includes a history of Wytham Woods, a long-term ecological site in Oxford, United Kingdom, and working as part of an interdisciplinary team studying how inclusive climate affects academic STEM career outcomes, particularly for early-career individuals from marginalized groups.

Grants and Fellowships
  • HARP, Michigan State University Internal Grant, Fall 2019-Spring 2020
  • Bodleian Libraries Visiting Fellows Programme’s Byrne-Bussey Marconi Fellowship, Oxford University, U.K., Summer 2020
  • Steering Committee Member, RCN: Mapping Authorities and Ontologies in Computational and Digital HPS, PI Manfred Laubichler, Arizona State University, National Science Foundation ($499,047, 2017-2022)
  • Co-PI for “Ethical Standards and Practices of Environmental Science Teams: Does Diversity Matter?” Cultivating Ethical STEM Grant, National Science Foundation ($600,000 over 5 years, 2014-2019)
  • Project Team Member for “Women and Paleontology,” National Endowment for the Humanities ($60,000, Planning Grant, 2014-2015)
  • National Science Foundation, Science, Technology and Society Grant, 2012-2013 ($17, 924)
  • Creating Inclusive Excellence Grant, Office for Inclusion and Intercultural Initiatives, Fall 2010 ($11,000) 
  • Creating Inclusive Excellence Grant, Office for Inclusion and Intercultural Initiatives, Summer 2009 ($14,409)
  • CASID/WID Award for Curriculum Development, Spring 2009 ($1,500)
  • Culture and Animals Foundation Research Grant, Spring 2008 ($3,000)



  • Georgina M. Montgomery and Mark Largent, eds., A Companion to the History of American Science. (2016, Blackwell)
  • Georgina M. Montgomery, Primates in the Real World: Escaping Primate Folklore, Creating Primate Science (University of Virginia Press, 2015)
  • Linda Kalof and Georgina M. Montgomery, eds., Making Animal Meaning (Michigan State University Press, 2011)

  • Kathrina Robotham, Isis Settles, Kendra Cheruvelil, Georgina M. Montgomery, and Kevin Elliott, “Just and Inclusive Team Climates Affect Mentor Satisfaction: The Roles of Negative Mentoring and Race,” Journal of Career Development, 2021.
  • Erin Cech, Georgina M. Montgomery, Isis Settles, Kendra Cheruvelil, Kevin Elliott, and Sheila Brassel, “The Social is Professional: The Effects of Team Climate on Professional Outcomes for LGBTQ Persons in Environmental Science,” Journal of Women and Minorities in Science and Engineering, vol.27 (5): 25-48, 2021.
  • Georgina M. Montgomery, “‘Never so at Home:’ Charles Elton and the Woods of Wytham,” in "Biodiversity and the History of Scientific Environments", co-edited by Georgina M. Montgomery and Anita Guerrini, a Special Issue of The Royal Society’s Notes and Records, Volume 75, Issue 2, June 2021.
  • Anita Guerrini and Georgina M. Montgomery, “Introduction,” in “Biodiversity and the History of Scientific Environments,” co-edited by Georgina M. Montgomery and Anita Guerrini, a Special Issue of The Royal Society’s Notes and Records, Volume 75, Issue 2, June 2021.
  • Singer, A., Montgomery, G., and Schmoll, S. How to Foster the Formation of STEM Identity: Studying Diversity in an Authentic Learning Environment. International Journal of STEM Education 7, no. 57, 2020.