Allen Dieterich-Ward

Assistant Professor
Shippensburg University
Department of History & Philosophy
1871 Old Main Dr.
Shippensburg, PA 17257
E-mail: ajdieterichward@ship.edu
Phone: 717-477-1192
Fax: 717-477-4062


My research lies at the intersection of urban, economic and environmental history. I completed my Ph.D. at the University of Michigan in 2006. I am currently revising my dissertation manuscript for publication with the University of Pennsylvania Press' Politics and Culture in Modern America series. I also regularly publish articles and present conference papers on a variety of topics.

Current and Recent Projects

From Mills to Malls: Environment and Economy in Metropolitan Pittsburgh, Politics and Culture in Modern America Series (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, under contract).
"Becoming the Burb of the 'Burgh: Deindustrialization and Community Identity in Steubenville, Ohio." Part of “Small Cities/Peripheral Cities: Sources of Urban Growth,” Small Cities Conference, Center for Middletown Studies, Ball State University,
April 17, 2009.
"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 Conference, Seattle, WA, March 2009.
"Knock the EPA Out!":Environmental Politcs and Community Identity in Appalachian Ohio." Part of "Coal Communities in Crisis," Sponsored by the Labor and Working Class History Association, North American Labor History Conference, Wayne State University, October 17, 2008.

Selected Papers and Presentations

“Philadelphia Politics in Black and White,” Pennsylvania History: A Journal of Mid-Atlantic Studies (Forthcoming).
“Steel and Silicon: Urban Development and Image-Making in Twentieth Century Pittsburgh,” Journal of Urban History (Forthcoming).
“From Satellite City to Burb of the ‘Burgh: Steubenville and the Growth of Metropolitan Pittsburgh.” Pittsburgh History Roundtable, Senator John Heinz History Center, April 10, 2008.
“Beyond the Metropolis: Metropolitan Growth and Regional Transformation in Postwar
America,” coauthored with Andrew Needham, Journal of Urban History (Forthcoming).
Mines, MIlls and Malls: Regional Development in the Steel Valley, Ph.D. Thesis, University of Michigan, 2006.
"Mines, Mills, and Malls: Regional Development in the Steel Valley, 1947-1997.”
Scholar-in-Residence Seminar, Pennsylvania State Archives, June 17, 2005.
“Planning for the Periphery: Economy, Ecology and Identity on the Metropolitan Fringe.”
Part of “Rethinking Rurality: Integrating the Countryside into Post-World War II Metropolitan Regional History,” American Historical Association Annual Meeting, January 8, 2005.
“River of Industry, Ribbons of Concrete: Highways and Urban Development in the Upper Ohio Valley.” Part of “Remaking the Metropolis: Political Economy and the Post-World War II Metropolitan Region,” Urban History Association Conference, October 9, 2004.