Neil Maher

Membership:  2019

Member Bio

Neil M. Maher is a professor of history in the Federated History Department at the New Jersey Institute of Technology and Rutgers University at Newark, where he teaches environmental and political history. His most recent book, Apollo in the Age of Aquarius, which examines the interrelationship between the space race and the grassroots political struggles of the 1960s, was recently selected as a Bloomberg View Must-Read (2017), a Choice Outstanding Academic Title (2017), and winner of the Eugene M. Emme best book award from the American Astronautical Society (2018). While at the Rachel Carson Center
he worked on a guidebook on the use of visual culture within the environmental humanities.


Seeing Nature: An Environmental Humanities Field Guide to Visual Culture
Lunchtime Colloquium Video -Seeing Nature: An Environmental Humanities Field Guide to Visual Culture


  • Apollo In The Age of Aquarius. Cambridge, M.A.: Harvard University Press, 2017.
  • Nature's New Deal: The Civilian Conservation Corps and the Roots of the American Environmental Movement. New York: Oxford University Press, 2008.
  • "Bringing the Environment Back In: A Transnational History of Landsat." In How Knowledge Moves: Writing the Transnational History of Science and Technology, edited by John Krige, 201-224. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2019.
  • "Whole Earth Without Borders: Earth Photographs, Space Data, and the
    Importance of Visual Culture Within Environmental History." In A Field on Fire: Essays on the Future of Environmental History, edited by Mark Hersey and Theodore Steinberg,189-208. Tuscaloosa: University of Alabama Press, 2019.
  • "Grounding the Space Race." Special feature essay on the Apollo 11 moon landing in the inaugural edition of Modern American History 1, no. 1 (March 2018): 141-146.
  • "'Work For Others But None For Us": The Economic and Environmental Inequalities of New Deal Relief," Social History, 40, no. 3 (Summer 2015): 312-334.