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 has published a number of books and journal articles. He also produces, directs, and composes soundtracks for environmental film project collaborations with community partners. Visit Ecosong.Net to see his most recent media projects, including an award winning documentary short, Sentinels of Silence? Whale Watching, Noise, and the Orca. 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. 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, audio production, 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


  • 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:


  • 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
  • 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