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Associate Professor of HistoryMichelle Mart

Ph.D., History, New York University

A.M., University of Michigan

B.A., Cornell University

e-mail: mam20@psu.edu
Phone: 610-396-6180
Fax: 610-396-6026
Office: 118 Franco Building


Dr. Michelle Mart is an Associate Professor of History. Mart's research has specialized in recent American culture, the environment, and foreign policy.  Dr. Mart has just finished a cultural history of pesticide use in the United States from World War II to the present: Pesticides, A Love Story.  Her first book, Eye on Israel, examined relations between the United States and Israel in the post-World War II period, and cultural images of Jews and the Jewish state. Currently, Dr. Mart is working on a book-length study of the intersection of food, politics, and culture.  Mart teaches the introductory survey of American history, as well as introductory courses on the Vietnam War, food, the 1960s, and the Middle East. Her upper level classes include seminars on American Foreign Policy, environmental history, and the Cold War.

Most Recent Publications:

Pesticides, A Love Story: America’s Enduring Embrace of Dangerous Chemicals, University Press of Kansas, 2015.

 “Cultural and Political Images of American Jews in the Mid-Twentieth Century,” in Volker Depkat and Jurgen Martshukat (eds.), Religion and Politics in Europe and the United States: Transnational Historical Approaches, Washington DC: Woodrow Wilson Center Press, 2013.

“U.S.-Israeli Relations and the Quest for Peace in the Middle East,” in Robert McMahon and Thomas Zeiler (eds.).  A Guide to U.S. Foreign Policy: A Diplomatic History.  Washington DC: Congressional Quarterly Press, 2012.

 “Rhetoric and Response: The Cultural Impact of Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring,” Left History, 14.2, Summer 2010.

Eye on Israel: How America Came to View Israel as an Ally, State University of New York Press, 2006, 2007.