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Brunel: the Man Who Changed the World!

A talk by the director of London's Brunel Museum; Robert Hulse.
Date: Wednesday, April 9, 2015 Location: Old Main Chapel Time: 7:00pm

Diggin' History Series

Julia Saintz talks on Fair Trade Coffee in Latin America

Date: Wednesday, April 15, 2015 Location: DHC 051 Time: 7:00pm - 9:00pm

Join us for the SU History Club meeting every Monday this Spring Semester

Location: Dauphin Humanities (DHC) 205

Time: 7:30pm 

For more information, contact History Club President: Devon Newcomer dn9056@ship.edu


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History/Philosophy Department

122-124 Dauphin Humanities Center
Shippensburg University
Shippensburg, Pennsylvania 17257

Dr. Steven Burg, Chair 

Janice Reed, Secretary

Tel: 717-477-1621
Fax: 717-477-4062

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Allen Dieterich-Ward

Associate Professor of History

Dauphin Humanities Center 217

(717) 477-1192


Curriculum Vitae  

Personal Website 

Allen Dieterich-Ward 


Ph.D. University of Michigan, 2006

M.A. University of Michigan, 2002

B.A. College of Wooster, 2000



Research Fellow, Shippensburg University Research and Scholarship Program, Fall 2009

Postdoctoral Fellow, Kenneth and Frances Eisenberg Institute for Historical Studies, 2006 (declined)

Phi Alpha Theta Doctoral Scholarship (national), Phi Alpha Theta History Honors Society, 2005-06 

Scholar-in-Residence, Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission, 2005-2006 

Rackham Humanities Dissertation Fellowship, University of Michigan, 2005-2006

Aileen Dunham Prize in History, College of Wooster, 2000

James R. Turner Prize in History, College of Wooster, 2000


Courses Taught

Graduate Courses

History 594 American Metropolitan History 

History 599 Readings in Environmental History   


Undergraduate Courses

History 105 World History through 1500

History 106 World History since 1500

History 201 United States until 1877

History 202 United States since 1877

History 302 American Economic History

History 394 American Environmental History                 

Honors 394 Suburbs and the Environment          

History 397 Seminar in Comparative History


Recent Presentations

“From Renaissance to Region: Pittsburgh, the Laurel Highlands and the Remaking of Rural Pennsylvania.” Part of "Beyond Urban History: Suburbs and Small Towns in Postwar America," Organization of American Historians Annual Meeting, March 27, 2009. 

“Knock the EPA Out!: Environmental Politics and Community Identity in Appalachian Ohio.” Part of “Coal Communities in Crisis,” North American Labor History Conference, October 17, 2008.  Sponsored by the Labor and Working Class History Association.


Selected Publications

“From Mill Towns to “Burbs of the ‘Burgh”: Suburban Strategies in the Post-Industrial Metropolis,” in Mark Clapson and Ray Hutchison, eds., Suburbanization in Global Perspective, vol. 10 of Research in Urban Sociology (Stamford, Conn.: JAI Press, 2010).    

“From Satellite City to Burb of the ‘Burgh: Deindustrialization and Community Identity in Steubenville, Ohio” in James Connolly, ed., After the Factory: Reinventing America's Industrial Small Cities, Comparative Urban Studies Series (Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, 2010). 

“Beyond the Metropolis: Metropolitan Growth and Regional Transformation in Postwar America,” coauthored with Andrew Needham, Journal of Urban History 36, no. 1 (November 2009).


Current Project

My research focuses on the role of politics, economics, and the natural environment in the shaping of metropolitan development with a particular emphasis on twentieth century Pittsburgh.  I am currently working on a book under contract with the University of Pennsylvania Press in the Politics and Culture in Modern America series entitled From Mills to Malls: Politics, Economy and Environment in Metropolitan Pittsburgh.