Allen Dieterich-Ward

Associate Professor of History

Dauphin Humanities Center 217

(717) 477-1192

Allen Dieterich-Ward

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Ph.D. University of Michigan, 2006

M.A. University of Michigan, 2002

B.A. College of Wooster, 2000


Teaching Innovation in Pedagogical Spotlight (TIPS) Award, Shippensburg University, 2013

Power of the Partnership Award, South Mountain Conservation Landscape Initiative, 2012

Shippensburg University Provost’s Award for Extraordinary Service in 2010/2011

Research Fellow, College of Arts and Sciences Faculty-Led Research Fund, Summer 2011

Urban History Association Prize for Best Scholarly Article Published in 2009

Research Fellow, University Research and Scholarship Program, Fall 2009

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

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

Courses Taught

Graduate Courses

History 599 Readings in Environmental History

History 593 History of Tourism

Undergraduate Courses

Honors 394 Sprawl Nation: Suburbs and Nature

History 397 Seminar in Comparative History

History 386 History Research Seminar

History 358 American Environmental History

History 302 American Economic History

History 202 United States Since 1865

History 201 United States Until 1877

History 106 Thinking Historically in a Global Age

History 105 Historical Foundations of Global Cultures

Recent Presentations

“We’re Not Going to Roll Over and Play Dead”: Grassroots Anti-Environmentalism and the Battle over the Clean Air Act,” Part of “Red against Green: The Confrontation between Environmentalists and Conservatives in the 1970s and 1980s,” American Society for Environmental History Annual Conference, March 21, 2015.

““Rivers of Steel”: Industrial Heritage and Riverfront Renewal in Metropolitan Pittsburgh,” Part of Connecting Places to the Past: Heritage Tourism in Pennsylvania, Pennsylvania Historical Association Annual Meeting, November 7, 2014

Selected Publications

Beyond Rust: Metropolitan Pittsburgh and the Fate of Industrial America, Politics and Culture inModern America (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, November 2015).

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

“From Satellite City to Burb of the ‘Burgh: Deindustrialization and Community Identity inSteubenville, 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 two projects. The first is a college-oriented survey of Pennsylvania's environmental history for the History Studies Series of the Pennsylvania Historical Association. I have also begun work on a monograph, tentatively titled Knock The EPA Out!: Environmental Politics and the Coal Industry.

What's New?!

Tea and History with Dr. Betty Dessants, Monday, Apr. 11, 2-2:30 pm, DHC Fishbowl

On Monday, April 11, 2016, from 2-2:30 pm in the DHC Fishbowl, the History/Philosophy Department and the Shippensburg University Women in History Network will be hosting a Russian Tea with Dr. Betty Dessants, Shippensburg University Professor of History. Dr. Dessants will be discussing how she became interested in history, her challenges, observations, and career as a professional historian. Come join us for tea and great conversation with Dr. Dessants!

A View from the History Classroom: A Talk with Mr. Chris Pavone, Monday, Apr. 11, 7:30 pm DHC 205

The History Alumni Mentoring Network & the History/Philosophy Department are proud to welcome back to campus Mr. Chris Pavone,a recent graduate of the department who is now teaching social studies at Waynesboro Area Senior High School. He will be sharing about his experiences at Ship in the history education program, and his journey from the campus to the high school classroom. The talk will be Monday, April 11 at 7:30 pm in Dauphin Humanities Center 205.

Department Spring Newsletter is Now Available!

To view the Spring Newsletter for the History Department: Click Here!

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: Tyler Newcomer Email: