Class of 1981
Michael J. Chiarappa, Ursinus College Class of 1981, is an American environmental and cultural historian, and received his Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania. He was Professor of History at Quinnipiac University and previously taught at Western Michigan University where he was jointly appointed in the Departments of History and Environmental Studies, directed the Public History Program, and held affiliate faculty status in American Studies and Canadian Studies. He was previously Director of the Center for the Environment and Society at Washington College. His work has focused extensively on the Middle Atlantic, New England, and Great Lakes Regions. An active public historian and public humanities scholar, he is committed to collaborations between universities/colleges and the wider community. He has collaborated with a range of museums, government agencies, and environmental groups such as the Smithsonian Institution, the National Park Service, National Marine Fisheries Service, Mystic Seaport Museum, the Bayshore Center, as well as institutions in Canada and the Pacific Basin.