History of the Urban Environment
The History of the Urban Environment series features books that examine the historical impact of urbanization, showcasing the best scholarship within the field of urban environmental history, and presents issues that matter most to general readers interested in the environment.
Books in the series consider the history of the human-built environment from a broad range of perspectives—geographical, technological, ecological, cultural, and social–in both domestic and international contexts. It presents studies that highlight the environmental challenges faced by specific urban centers, as well as works that combine theoretical and practical approaches to important urban environmental topics.
Acquiring Editor: Sandy Crooms
Martin V. MelosiUniversity of Houston
Martin V. Melosi is Hugh Roy and Lillie Cranz Cullen University Professor and founding director of the Center for Public History at the University of Houston. Melosi received the Distinguished Research Award and the Distinguished Service Award from the American Society for Environmental History (ASEH) and the Esther Farfel Award from the University of Houston. He has served as president of the ASEH, the National Council on Public History, the Public Works Historical Society, and the Urban History Association. Melosi has written or edited nineteen books, including the award-winning The Sanitary City, and most recently, Atomic Age America.
Joel A. TarrCarnegie Mellon University
Joel A. Tarr is Richard S. Caliguiri University Professor of History and Policy at Carnegie Mellon University. He is the recipient of the Leonardo da Vinci Medal from the Society for the History of Technology and the Distinguished Service Award from the American Society for Environmental History. He is the author, coauthor, or coeditor of several books, including Technology and the Rise of the Networked City in Europe and America, which won the Abel Wolman Prize, and Devastation and Renewal: An Environmental History of Pittsburgh and Its Region. He has served as president of the Public Works Historical Society and the Urban History Association. He has also served on National Research Council committees dealing with issues of urban infrastructure, public transit, water pollution, and the human dimensions of global change.