Biography

Neil M. Maher is an associate professor of history in the Federated History Department at the New Jersey Institute of Technology and Rutgers University, Newark, where he teaches environmental and political history on the undergraduate and graduate levels. 

After graduating from Dartmouth College in 1986, Maher received his Ph.D. from New York University in 2001. In March of 2017 he published his second book, Apollo in the Age of Aquarius, with Harvard University Press.  His first book, Nature‚Äôs New Deal: The Civilian Conservation Corps and the Roots of the American Environmental Movement (Oxford University Press, 2008), received the Charles A. Weyerhaeuser Book Award in 2009 for the best monograph in conservation history. 

Maher has co-edited a special issue of the Radical History Review titled "Transnational Environments: Rethinking the Political Economy of Nature in a Global Age" (Duke University Press, 2010), and edited a volume of essays titled New Jersey's Environments: Past, Present, and Future (Rutgers University Press, 2006).  He has published articles in academic journals including the Western Historical Quarterly, Environmental History, and the Chronicle of Higher Education, written for popular on-line publications and blogs such as the History News Network and The Edge of the American West, and served as historical advisor for a PBS American Experience documentary on Franklin Roosevelt's Civilian Conservation Corps that aired in 2009. 

Maher has also written dozens of book reviews for academic journals including the Journal of American History, the Journal of Social History, and Technology and Culture, and entries for several historical encyclopedias.  He has presented his own research at national and international academic conferences sponsored by organizations such as the American Historical Association,the World Congress of Environmental History, and the Society for the History of Technology, and been invited to give public lectures at institutions as diverse as the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies at the University of Wisconsin, the Fred R. Jones Jr. Museum of Art at the University of Oklahoma, the Smithsonian Institution's National Air and Space Museum, and Grand Canyon National Park.  He has been the featured guest on more than a half dozen broadcasts with National Public Radio stations in Illinois, Florida, New York, Rhode Island, Vermont, and Wisconsin.

 

Current Affiliations

Academic:

Along with being an associate professor of history in the Federated History Department at the New Jersey Institute of Technology and Rutgers University, Newark, since 2002 Maher has also served on the graduate faculty for the Ph.D. program in history at Rutgers University, New Brunswick and as the Graduate Coordinator of the concentration in the History of Technology, Environment, and Medicine for the M.A program in history at the Federated History Department of NJIT and Rutgers, Newark.

Professional:

American Historical Association

Organization of American Historians

American Society for Environmental History

Forest History Society

Western History Association       

Society for the History of Technology

Research Interests

Neil M. Maher's research interests include 20th-century environmental and political history, the history of technology and medicine, and cultural landscapes.

Current Projects

Neil M. Maher is currently working on two new book projects. The first is a guidebook for scholars in the environmental humanities interested in incorporating visual culture into their research and teaching, while the second is an eco-biography of a 19th century Hudson River home.

 

Awards

Research and Writing:

Most recently, for the 2013-2014 academic year Neil M. Maher received a Fellowship from the Charles Warren Center for Studies in American History at Harvard University. While in residence at Harvard he will research and write his next book project on the environmental and political history of the space race during the 1960s and 1970s.

He has also been a Verville Fellow at the Smithsonian Institution's National Air and Space Museum, a Kluge Fellow at the United States Library of Congress, and a recipient of a History of the Scientific Exploration of Earth and Space Research Award from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).

In 2009 Neil M. Maher's book, Nature's New Deal: The Civilian Conservation Corps and the Roots of the American Environmental Movement (Oxford 2008), received the Charles A. Weyerhauser Award for the best monograph in conservation history.

Teaching:

In 2009 Neil M. Maher received the Robert W. Van Houten Award for Teaching Excellence from the New Jersey Institute of Technology.  Voted by undergraduates from the last five graduating classes, this university-wide teaching award is given to one tenured faculty member at the university for outstanding teaching on the undergraduate level.

 

Curriculum Vitae

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Neil Maher

Federated Department of History
New Jersey Institute of Technology
University Heights
Newark, NJ, 07102-1982
Office: 325 Cullimore Hall
Phone: 973-596-6348
Fax : 973-596-5345
E-mail: maher@njit.edu