Collegiate Affiliation

Kim Todd is a professor in the Creative Writing Program and a Fellow with the Institute on the Environment. She is author of four books of literary nonfiction, focusing on forgotten stories about science, nature, and history that continue to influence our decisions. Her most recent book, Sensational: The Hidden History of America’s “Girl Stunt Reporters,” published by Harper Collins, goes deep into the lives of undercover journalists who exposed societal ills in the 1880s and 1890s and argues that their innovations shaped the journalism and creative nonfiction of today. Other books include Sparrow; Chrysalis: Maria Sibylla Merian and the Secrets of Metamorphosis; and Tinkering with Eden: a Natural History of Exotic Species in America.

Her work has been selected as a Minnesota Book Award Finalist, a Richard Frisbee Nonfiction Award Honoree, and winner of the Sigurd Olson Nature Writing Award, and the PEN/Jerard Fund Award. Essays and articles have appeared in Orion, Smithsonian, Ecotone, Sierra, Backpacker, and several Best American Science and Nature Writing anthologies, among other places.


Educational Background & Specialties
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Educational Background

  • M.S.: Environmental Studies, University of Montana, 1999
  • M.F.A.: Creative Writing (nonfiction), University of Montana, 1998
  • B.A.: English, Yale University, 1992


  • Creative writing (nonfiction)
  • Science writing
  • Environmental literature
  • History of journalism/creative nonfiction