Howard Spodek

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Howard Spodek (born c. 1941) is an American-born world historian, a professor of history and geography and urban studies at Temple University.[1][2] He received a B.A. from Columbia University in 1963 and a Ph.D. from the University of Chicago in 1972; while a graduate student, he visited India as a Fulbright Fellow.[1][3] He joined the Temple faculty in 1972.[3] As well as his faculty position at Temple, Spodek is the treasurer of the World History Association[4] and a member of the editorial board of History Compass.[5]

Spodek specializes in Indian history, and in particular on the city of Ahmedabad.[6] He is the author of The World's History, a college textbook that is sometimes also used for high school Advanced Placement history courses and that has gone through four editions.[7] He won Temple's Great Teacher Award in 1993.[3][8]

Spodek is a 1959 graduate of Taylor Allderdice High School in Pittsburgh, PA.


  1. ^ a b Faculty listing, History department, Temple University Archived 2010-03-16 at the Wayback Machine. Retrieved 2010-03-24.
  2. ^ Faculty listing, Geography and Urban Studies, Temple University Archived 2010-05-28 at the Wayback Machine. Retrieved 2010-03-24.
  3. ^ a b c About the author, The World's History, 4th ed.
  4. ^ World History Association officers Archived 2010-01-30 at the Wayback Machine, retrieved 2010-03-24.
  5. ^ History Compass : Editorial Board, retrieved 2010-03-24.
  6. ^ Professor sees Philadelphia in an Indian city Archived 2011-10-04 at the Wayback Machine, Temple News, October 19, 2000.
  7. ^ The World's History, 4th ed., Prentice Hall, 2010, 978-0205708376.
  8. ^ A Top Temple Teacher Gets Students Talking Every Year, Philadelphia Inquirer, November 27, 1993.

External links[edit]

  • Web site at Geography and Urban Studies, Temple