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Adam Rome

Enviornmental Historian
 

Biography

Rome is an environmental historian with an emphasis on the environmental history of America.

He is the author of the recent book The Genius of Earth Day: How a 1970 Teach-In Unexpectedly Made the First Green Generation, which was widely praised and was featured in an April 15 "Critic at Large" piece in The New Yorker. Rome has discussed the book and his research on Radio Times on WHYY, at Georgetown University's Center for the Environment and at Hagley Museum and Library.

His first book, The Bulldozer in the Countryside: Suburban Sprawl and the Rise of American Environmentalism, won the Organization of American Historians' Frederick Jackson Turner Award.

Rome served as editor of the journal Environmental History from 2002-2005.

A member of the UD faculty since 2010, Rome is an associate professor in the Department of History in the College of Arts and Sciences with a joint appointment in the Department of English. He assisted in developing an interdisciplinary minor in environmental humanities.

He received his doctorate in history from the University of Kansas in 1996 and was a Rhodes Scholar in 1980-81.

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