Brian Black

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Brian Black is an American professor of history and environmental studies at Pennsylvania State University at Altoona and head of its department of Arts and Humanities. He received a Bachelor of Arts in English in 1988 from Gettysburg College, a Master of Arts in American Civilization in 1991 from New York University and a Doctor of Education degree in American Studies from the University of Kansas in 1996.


Black is the author of :

  • Petrolia: The Landscape of America's First Oil Boom (Johns Hopkins, 2003; ISBN 0801877326, ISBN 978-0801877322)[1]
  • Crude Reality: Petroleum in World History (Rowman & Littlefield, 2012, ISBN 0742556549, ISBN 978-0742556546), selected as a CHOICE outstanding academic book for 2012

He is the editor of:

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