Martin V. Melosi
Martin V. Melosi is the Hugh Roy and Lillie Cranz Cullen Distinguished Professor and the director of the Center for Public History at the University of Houston. He is the author, most recently, of Precious Commodity: Providing Water for America’s Cities (2011) and The Sanitary City: Environmental Service in Urban America from Colonial Times to the Present (abridged edition, 2008) and the editor of The New Encyclopedia of Southern Culture, Volume 8: Environment (2007). For more than thirty years, he has been interested in the intersection among urbanization, technology, and the environment, and the policy implications thereof. His research has focused on a variety of pollution sources that have had an impact on urban growth and development. He has examined city services as a way to understand what citizens expect of city leadership and how these services relate to environmental goals and wants. He also has had a longstanding interest in the use and development of energy sources. In recent years, his work on the urban environment has taken him all over the world, and, while language differences are sometimes daunting, the common problems that cities face globally are a point of mutual concern and mutual interest.
- The Origins and Impact of the Environmental Justice Movement
- The City, Technology, and the Environment
- Atomic Age America
- In Search of the Sanitary City
- Public History and the Environment
- Water in Historical Context