Orsi is professor of history at Colorado State University, specializing in environmental and borderlands history. He is the author of the prize-winning Hazardous Metropolis: Flooding and Urban Ecology in Los Angeles (University of California Press, 2004) and Citizen Explorer: The Life of Zebulon Pike (Oxford University Press, 2014), as well as numerous articles and book chapters. In 2008-09 Orsi was the Ray Allen Billington Distinguished Visiting Professor at Occidental College and the Huntington Library. In 2012 he received the CSU Alumni Association’s Best Teacher Award. He serves on the council of CSU’s Public Lands History Center, for which he co-edited National Parks beyond the Nation: Global Perspectives on America’s Best Idea (University of Oklahoma Press, 2016).
Colorado State University