Brett L. Walker is Regents Professor and Michael P. Malone Professor of History at Montana State University, Bozeman. For the 2015-2016 academic year, he will be the Edwin O. Reischauer Visiting Professor of Japanese Studies at Harvard University. In 2013, he received a Guggenheim Fellowship for his project, "The Slow Dying: Asbestos and the Unmaking of the Modern World." He studies environmental history, the history of human health, and the history of science. His research area is early modern and modern Japanese history, as well as comparative world history.