Allen Dieterich-Ward is an environmental and urban historian with a focus on political ecology and community development. He has earned acclaim for teaching, professional service, and scholarship, including the Arline Custer Memorial Award from the Mid-Atlantic Regional Archives Conference for Beyond Rust: Metropolitan Pittsburgh and the Fate of Industrial America, which was published in 2016 by the University of Pennsylvania Press. Allen holds a PhD in history from the University of Michigan (2006), an MA in history from Michigan (2002), and a BA from the College of Wooster (2000).
Allen is currently an associate professor at Shippensburg University and president of the Pennsylvania Historical Association. He serves as coeditor of the Pennsylvania History series, a joint publication of the PHA and Temple University Press. He is also active in the conservation and trail communities, serving on the board of the Cumberland Valley Rails-to-Trails Council, the steering committee of the Pennsylvania Conservation Heritage Project, and as a trail overseer for the Potomac Appalachian Trail Club.