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Neil M Maher

Neil M. Maher, PhD, is an associate professor, chair and graduate coordinator of the department of history. His research interests include: 20th-century environmental, social, and political history; the history of technology and medicine; and landscape studies.

Maher recently published Nature's New Deal: The Civilian Conservation Corps and the Roots of the American Environmental Movement (Oxford University Press, 2008) and is currently researching and writing an environmental history of the space race during the 1960s and 1970s.

Maher was a recent Verville Fellow at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Air and Space Museum, where he conducted research for his second book project about an environmental history of NASA and the space race. New Jersey’s Environments, a book of essays examining New Jersey’s environmental problems and solutions, was released in March 2006. The book documents the innovations and compromises created on behalf of and in response to growing environmental concerns in New Jersey, which set examples on the local level for nationwide and worldwide efforts that share the goal of protecting the natural world. 

In 2009 Maher received the Robert Van Houten Award for Teaching Excellence from the NJIT Alumni Association.

He received his bachelor’s degree from Dartmouth College and his PhD in history from New York University.

Last update: 8/4/09

Topics: 20th-century environmental history, political history, social history, history of technology and medicine, landscape studies