Mark H Pedelty

Mark Pedelty is a Professor of Communication Studies, Affiliate Professor of Anthropology, and Fellow at the Institute on the Environment. 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. As part of a linked project, Pedelty produces, directs, and composes music videos for Ecosong.Net, watershed districts, and environmental nonprofits. These productions have earned numerous film festival awards and official selections. In 2012 Dr. Pedelty published “Ecomusicology: Rock, Folk, and the Environment” (Temple University's Music Matters Series, 2012). His fieldwork in Mexico and Central America resulted in two earlier books (Routledge, 1995, and University of Texas Press, 2004). Pedelty has published numerous articles about music, media, and environment. Pedelty teaches environmental communication, musical communication, ethnographic methods, media studies, and global seminars in the UK and Latin America. Dr. Pedelty's community engagement, research, and teaching are dedicated to University of Minnesota's land grant mission to sustainably steward our public lands, waters, and resources.

Educational Background & Specialties

Educational Background

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

Curriculum Vitae

Specialties

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

Research

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

Outreach

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

Creative

  • Environmental Music and Film Projects: See Ecosong.net,
Publications
  • 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
Awards
  • Mellon Foundation Humanities Without Walls Grant, 2017 - 2019
  • Multiple Film Festival Awards and Official Selections
  • 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