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Philip V. Scarpino

Campus Address: CA 532
Phone: (317)274-5983
Fax: (317)278-7800
Email: pscarpin@iupui.edu


Professor of History Director, Graduate Program in Public History Director of Oral History, Tobias Center for Leadership Excellence


B.A. University of Montana 1971 M.A. University of Missouri 1975 Ph.D University of Missouri 1983

Academic Interests

Public History, Historic Preservation, Oral History Environmental history, and environmental history of the Great Lakes comparing U.S.and Canadian perspectives I have worked with a number of museums that have mounted exhibits with environmental themes, several funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities.


H105, Survey of US History up to the Civil War H106, Survey of US History after the Civil War School of Eduction, Learning Community, H106 A410/H511, American Environmental History H412/H547, Historic Preservation H542, Introduction to Public History H750, Seminar in American History H543. Graduate Internship supervisor. Work with partners to arrange internships and funding for 10-month, half-time, paid internships. AY 2009-2010 19 paid internships, plus several volunteer internships with a number of community and campus partners; AY 2010-2011, 16 paid internships, plus three volunteers; 2011-2012 18 paid internships, plus two volunteers.


(Books) Great River: An Environmental History of the Upper Mississippi River, 1890- 1950 (Columbia, MO: University of Missouri Press, 1985). Public and Environmental History (Krieger Press, 2004), co-edited with Martin Melosi; My contribution, in addition to co-editing the book, is "Interpreting Environmental Themes in Exhibit Format," pp. 139-153. (Articles and Chapters) "Planning for Preservation: A Look at the Federal-State Historic Preservation Prog., 1966-86," The Public Historian (Spring 1992): 43-60. "Viewpoint: Some Thoughts on Defining, Evaluating, and Rewarding Public Scholarship," The Public Historian (Spring 1993): 43-49. "Common Ground: Reflections on the Past, Present, and Future of Public History and NCPH," Presidential Address, The Public Historian (Summer 1994): 11-21. "Environmental Diplomacy: The Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement of 1972,” in Environment Atlas (Routledge Press, 2003). “Great Lakes Fisheries: International Response to the Decline of the Fisheries and the Lamprey/Alewife Invasion,” in Terje Tvedt and Richard Coopey, Editors, A History of Water, Volume II: The Political Economy of Water (I.B. Tauris, 2006). “Addressing Cross-Border Pollution of the Great Lakes,” in Michael Behiels and Reginald Stuart, Editors, Transnationalism in Canada-United States History into the Twenty First Century (McGill-Queen¹s University Press, 2010), pp. 146-167. “Isle Royale National Park: Balancing Human and Natural History in a Maritime Park,” George Wright Forum, forthcoming. “Gray” Literature: "Large Floodplain Rivers as Human Artifacts: A Historical Perspective on Ecological Integrity," (revision of paper, 1994), U.S. Geological Survey, Special Refereed Report, 1997. “Cultural Resources on Isle Royale National Park: An Historic Context,” (2010), 181 pages; funded by a grant from the National Park Service; involved field work, archival research, and oral history. (Review Essays/Encyclopedia Articles) "Perspectives on Nature's Metropolis: A Book Forum," The Annals of Iowa 51(Summer 1992): 506-515; other contributors: Malcolm Rohrbough, Timothy Mahoney, and David Danbom; reply by William Cronon. "Making History with Oral History: A Review of Five Locally Produced Oral Histories," The Oral History Review 21(Spring 1993): 97-102. “Urban Environment,” Overview Essay, The Encyclopedia of Indianapolis (Indiana Univ. Press, 1994), pp. 199-208. "Swimming Against the Current: Peer Review, Gray Literature, and Saving the Salmon," essay in gray literature "package," The Public Historian 17(Fall 1995): 33-40. “Borders and Boundaries,” “Environmental History,” Encyclopedia of Local History (Alta Mira, 2000), pp.61-63, 157-160 (rewritten and scheduled for revised publication in early 2012) Numerous book reviews and manuscript reviews for journals and presses. Work in Progress: An Environmental History of the Great Lakes: A Comparison of Canadian and U.S. Perspectives. The end product will be a book-length study that will address the period from European contact, but will focus on the mid-nineteenth century to the present. Recent oral history projects: (1) Tobias Center for Leadership Excellence; (2) “Veterans Amputee Project,” interviewing Vietnam veterans who lost a limb in combat, The Polis Center at IUPUI for the Indiana-Ohio Center for Traumatic Amputation Rehabilitation Research, funding from the Defense Department; (3) Flooding in Indiana, interviews related to the flash floods of June 2008, funded by the Indiana Humanities Council; and (4) an oral history of IUPUI.


National Council on Public History: Board of Directors, Elected, 1989-92 Vice President, Elected, 1992-93 President, 1993-94 Long Range Planning Committee, Chair, 1999-95; member 1999-2002; 2006-2007 Board of Directors, Historic Landmarks Foundation of Indiana, 1996-99; 1999-2001. Board of Directors, Conner Prairie Interactive History Park, 2001-2003; 2006- Science Advisory Board, Conner Prairie Interactive History Park; offers feedback on the development of “Prairie Science,” an innovative hands-on exhibit introducing science concepts in the context of Indiana history to family audiences and school children. T Co-Chair/Organizer, Statewide Historic Preservation Conference, 1988- (Current Partners: Indiana University, Historic Landmarks Foundation of Indiana, Indiana Division of Historic Preservation and Archaeology) Indiana Historical Society, Indiana Experience Humanities Scholar Committee, exhibit advisory committee, 2010-

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