Mark H Pedelty

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 published "A Song to Save the Salish Sea: Musical Performance as Environmental Activism" (Indiana University Press, 2016), a book about Environmentalist Musicians and Movements in Washington State and British Columbia. He has published numerous journal articles and book chapters concerning media, environment, and music. He also published “Ecomusicology: Rock, Folk, and the Environment” (Temple University's Music Matters Series, 2012). His fieldwork in Mexico and Central America resulted in two books (Routledge, 1995, and University of Texas Press, 2004) as well as numerous journal articles. A Fellow at the Institute on the Environment, Pedelty has produced documentary media and music videos for watershed management organizations and his community partner, Metro Blooms. Visit to view those projects. Pedelty teaches courses in environmental communication, musical communication, ethnographic methods, and media studies.

Educational Background & Specialties

Educational Background

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

Curriculum Vitae


  • Music as Environmental Communication
  • Ethnographic research in the USA, El Salvador, and Mexico
Courses Taught
  • Environmental Communication
  • Environmental Communication and Performance
  • Honors Public Speaking
  • Communication and Popular Music
  • Ethnographic Methods
  • International Media
Research & Professional Activities

Professional Activities

  • 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:
  • Member of the The International Environmental Communication Association (IECA):
  • National Communication Association: Member of the NCA.
  • Member of International Communication Association:


  • Music as Environmental Communication: Applied environmental music: collaborations with environmentalist musicians, organizations, and audiences


  • Environmental Action: Collaborations with environmentalist musicians, organizations, and audiences. See,


  • Environmental Music and Film Projects: See,
  • A Song to Save the Salish Sea: Musical Performance as Environmental Activism. Pedelty, Mark, Indiana University Press, Author, 2016. LinkImage
  • Ecomusicology: Rock, Folk, and the Environment. Pedelty, Mark, Temple University Press, Author, 2012. LinkDownload· 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. LinkImage
  • 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
  • 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