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Mark H Pedelty

268 Ford Hall 224 Church St SE

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Mark Pedelty is a Professor of Communication Studies and an affiliate Professor of Anthropology. His research deals with music and sound as environmental communication. Dr. Pedelty has published numerous journal articles and book chapters concerning media, environment, and music. His most recent book“”Ecomusicology: Rock, Folk, and the Environment“”was published as part of Temple University's "Music Matters Series" in 2012. Dr. Pedelty's work in Mexico and Central America resulted in two books (Routledge and University of Texas Press) and numerous journal articles on international media and music. As a Fellow at the Institute on the Environment, Pedelty completed a documentary about Metro Blooms' raingarden project in the Powderhorn neighborhood of Minneapolis, an innovative attempt to improve water quality in the Twin Cities and beyond ( The Institute on the Environment is an interdisciplinary institute that seeks solutions to Earth's most pressing environmental problems through innovative research, partnerships and leadership development. Pedelty teaches courses in environmental communication, music, ethnographic methods, and media studies.


  • Music as Environmental Communication
  • Ethnographic research in the USA, El Salvador, and Mexico

Educational Background

  • Ph.D.: Anthropology, University of California, Berkeley, 1993.


  • Ecomusicology: Rock, Folk, and the Environment. Pedelty, Mark, Temple University Press, Author, 2012. Link Download · Image
  • Woody Guthrie and the Columbia River: Propaganda, Art, and Irony: Pedelty, Mark, Popular Music and Society, 31(3) 329-355, 2008.
  • Political Rock. Pedelty, Mark, Kristine Weglarz, Ashgate, Author, 2013. Link Image
  • Musical Ritual in Mexico City: From the Aztecs to NAFTA. Pedelty, Mark, University of Texas Press, Author, 2004.
  • War Stories: The Culture of Foreign Correspondents. Pedelty, Mark, Routledge, Author, 1995.
  • Seen to be Heard? Gender, Voice, and Body in Television Advertisements: Pedelty, Mark, Morgan Kuecker, Communication and Critical/Cultural Studies , 11 (3) 250-269, 2014. Link

Research Activities

  • Music as Environmental Communication: Dr. Pedelty is completing case studies with high profile environmentalist musicians in Cascadia (WA and BC)

Creative Activities

  • Environmental Music and Film Projects: See Dr. Pedelty’s environmental film and music projects at,, and He writes music and performs in the band Hypoxic Punks (

Professional Activities

  • National Communication Association: Member of the NCA.
  • Member of International Communication Association
  • Member of the The International Environmental Communication Association (IECA)
  • Member of American Musicological Society and AMS Ecocriticism Study Group
  • Member of Society for Ethnomusicology and the Ecomusicology Special Interest Group
  • Member, International Association for the Study of Popular Music

Outreach Activities

  • Environmental Action: Professor Pedelty and his students collaborate with Metro Blooms ( to promote environmental restoration on campus and in the community.


  • 2009-2011 Institute on the Environment Research Fellow
  • 2009 Institute for Advanced Study Research Fellow
  • Minnehaha Creek Watershed District Cynthia Krieg Watershed Stewardship Grant, 2010 - 2011

Courses Taught

  • Environmental Communication
  • Environmental Communication and Performance
  • Honors Public Speaking
  • Communication and Popular Music
  • Ethnographic Methods
  • International Media
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