College of Liberal Arts
School of Journalism & Mass Communication
Mark Pedelty is an associate professor of communication studies and anthropology in the College of Liberal Arts. He teaches courses in environmental communication, ethnographic methods and music.
Pedelty recently published a book entitled Ecomusicology: Rock, Folk, and the Environment (2012) with Temple University's Music Matters series. Also in 2012, he completed a documentary about Metro Blooms' "A Neighborhood of Raingardens" project in the Powderhorn Park neighborhood of Minneapolis. The first season of the film appeared on TPT's Minnesota Channel and the final version is available for free at raingardenmovie.org. Pedelty recently signed an advance contract with Indiana University Press to publish a book on environmentalist music for the Music, Nature, Place series. That research is mainly taking place in British Columbia and Washington state.
Pedelty joined the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, in 1998 after starting his career at the University of Minnesota, Morris, and Miami University in Ohio. In 2005, after receiving the BMI Foundation's Woody Guthrie Fellowship, Pedelty began investigating the relationship between popular music and the environment, focusing on Guthrie's Columbia River songs and activism. He is interested in the role played by anthropogenic variables in ecosystems, including human communication, sound and creative expression.
Pedelty teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in environmental communication, music and ethnographic research methods. He has taught several study abroad seminars in Mexico.
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