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Martin V Melosi

Martin Melosi

Professor of History
556 Agnes Arnold Hall
Ph: (713) 743-3090
Fax: (713) 743-3216


Martin Melosi is Distinguished University Professor of History, Director of the Institute for Public History, and Director of Graduate Studies in History at the University of Houston. he has a PhD in History from the University of Texas at Austin and an BA and MA in History from the University of Montana. he is a native of San Jose, California. (CV)
Areas of Melosi's teaching interest include environmental history, urban history, public history, public policy history, and recent U.S. history. Courses including Readings in Environmental History; Environmental Politics in the United States; History of the American City;The City, Technology, and the Environment; Energy and Environment in Industrial America; Atomic Age America; Readings in Public History; Research in Public History; Public Policy History; and the Historian’s Craft.

Research Interests:
Melosi's areas of research interest include urban environmental history, city services and urban technology, environmental racism, environmental politics, and energy history. His published work covers these areas as well as topics in American diplomatic history, public history, and the history of technology. A recent book, The Sanitary City (2000) treated the development of water supply, wastewater, and solid waste systems in the United States from colonial times to the present. He has begun work on a companion volume, the Networked City, which will treat energy, transportation, and communication systems in the United States. In recent years he has devoted greater attention to global environmental issues, especially in Europe, Canada, and Mexico.

Book Listing:
Coping with Abundance: Energy and Environment in Industrial America (New York: Alfred Knopf, 1985) [Also published in hardcover by Temple University Press, 1985]
Thomas A. Edison and the Modernization of America (Reading, MA: Addison, Wesley Longman, 1990)
Effluent America: Cities, Industry, Energy, and the Environment (Pittsburgh: University of Pittsburgh Press, 2001)
Urban Public Policy: Historical Modes and Methods (University Park, PA: Penn State Press, 1993) (Editor and contributor)
Garbage in the Cities: Refuse, Reform and the Environment, 1880-1980 (College Station and London: Texas A&M University Press, 1981; Environmental History Series #4) [Also published in softcover by Wadsworth Press, 1988]
Pollution and Reform in American Cities, 1870-1930 (Austin: University of Texas Press, 1980) (Editor and contributor)
The Shadow of Pearl Harbor: Political Controversy over the Surprise Attack, 1941-1946 (College Station and London: Texas A&M University Press, 1977; second printing, 1978)


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