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Thomas Zeller

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Associate Professor, History

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Research Expertise

Global Interaction and Exchange
Technology, Science, and Environment

Thomas Zeller, a specialist in environmental history and the history of technology, has published books and articles on the historical interplay of technology and environment in shaping landscapes. His most recent book Consuming Landscapes: What We See When We Drive and Why It Matters is under contract with Johns Hopkins University Press. Another book, Driving Germany: The Landscape of the Autobahn, 1930-1970 was published in 2007, a paperback edition in 2010. Driving Germany is a revised English translation of Strasse, Bahn, Panorama (2002). Zeller is the coeditor of two volumes on the environmental history of Germany: How Green Were the Nazis? Nature, Environment, and Nation in the Third Reich, coedited with Franz-Josef Br├╝ggemeier and Mark Cioc (Athens: Ohio University Press, 2005) and Germany's Nature: Cultural Landscapes and Environmental History, coedited with Thomas Lekan (New Brunswick: Rutgers University Press, 2005). With Christof Mauch, he has coedited the volumes The World Beyond the Windshield: Roads and Landscapes in the United States and Europe (Athens: Ohio University Press, 2007) and Rivers in History: Perspectives on Waterways in Europe and North America (Pittsburgh: University of Pittsburgh Press, 2008). Zeller's research has been supported by grants from the National Science Foundation, the John W. Kluge Center at the Library of Congress, the Program in Garden and Landscape Studies at Dumbarton Oaks/Harvard University and the Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society at the University of Munich. He was also a Visiting Research Fellow at the German Historical Institute in Washington, D.C.