Carnegie Mellon University

Joel Tarr

Joel Tarr

Richard S. Caliguiri University Professor of History and Policy


Few people know the history of Pittsburgh better than Joel Tarr, who has taught at Carnegie Mellon since 1967. Tarr's research deals with the history of the urban environment and the development of urban technological systems. His accomplishments and appointments include:
  • His edited volume, Devastation and Renewal: An Environmental History of Pittsburgh and Its Region, was awarded a Certificate of Commendation by the American Association for State and Local History.
  • In 2008, Tarr was awarded the Society for the History of Technology's Leonardo da Vinci Medal. The society's highest honor, the medal goes to an individual who has made an outstanding contribution to the history of technology through research, teaching, publication and other activities.
  • He has served on National Research Council committees dealing with issues of urban infrastructure, public transit, water pollution and the human dimensions of global change. He also served as president of the Public Works Historical Society in 1982-83 and president of the Urban History Association in 1999.

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