Department of History
Mark H. Rose
Ph.D., Ohio State University

Areas of Expertise
20th Century US
Urban, Business, Political, Social

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Mark Rose studies and teaches the social and policy bases of American life in the 20th Century. He is the author of more than forty articles in such journals as the Journal of Urban History , Technology and Culture , The Journal of Policy History , and the Journal of Planning History . Rose’s books include Interstate: Highway Politics and Policy Since 1939, 3d.ed.rev (with Raymond Mohl, and Cities of Light and Heat: Domesticating Gas and Electricity in Urban America . For another book, The Best Transportation System in the World: Railroads, Trucks, Airlines and American Public Policy in the Twentieth Century, Rose served as Senior Author (with Paul Barrett and Bruce E. Seely). Rose’s research has been supported by grant agencies including the National Endowment for the Humanities, the National Science Foundation, and the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.

 Rose’s current projects include a book-length study of US bank politics since the 1970s (under contract with the University of Pennsylvania Press); and the American city since 1945 (with Roger Biles). Rose co-edits, "American Business, Politics, and Society," a book series published by the University of Pennsylvania Press. Up to February 2015, the press has published eight books in the series, two are in production, and additional manuscripts are under contract. In 2013, Rose prepared “The President and Transportation Policy: FDR to Obama” for the University of Virginia's Miller Center, following its biannual Goode transportation conference (http://web1.millercenter.org/conferences/report/conf_2013_transportation.pdf).

Mark is active in several professional associations. Since 2000, he has held elected and appointed positions in the Business History Conference, the Organization of American Historians, the Society for American City and Regional Planning History, and the Urban History Association. Rose edited or co-edited issues of Enterprise & Society, the Journal of Planning History, and the Journal of Urban History, where he also served as a member of the Editorial Board. Mark is past president of the Business History Conference.


Undergraduate Courses
  • American Politics since 1750
  • American Business History since 1890
  • Urban History of the United States
  • Shopping, Travel, and Leisure in Twentieth Century America
  • The 1960s
Graduate Courses
  • Seminar in American History


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