Brittany Bayless Fremion received her B.A. from the University of St. Francis in 2004, M.A. in policy history from Bowling Green State University in 2006, and Ph.D. in history from Purdue University in 2012. She joined the faculty at CMU in 2012.
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Research and Teaching Interests
Professor Fremion is an environmental and U.S. historian by training with special interests and expertise in oral history. Her research focuses on twentieth-century environmental issues and initiatives in the American Midwest. Her most recent research project focuses on one of the largest agricultural disasters and episodes of chemical contamination in U.S. history: the Michigan PBB mix-up. In 2018 she worked with community members and researchers at Emory University and the University of Michigan to create The Michigan PBB Oral History Project, which documents the very personal and often painful memories of PBB contamination.
In addition, Dr. Fremion teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in environmental, U.S., women's, and oral histories, and serves as a coordinator for the undergraduate Public History and History Internship Programs. She is also an advisor for the Cultural Resource Management M.A. This work has given her valuable experience in mentoring students and led to exciting opportunities for interdisciplinary collaboration, community engagement, creative endeavors, and public presentations.
Professor Fremion is a proud member of the Pine River Superfund Citizen Task Force (St. Louis, Michigan), and is chair of the workshop committee and board member for the Michigan Oral History Association.