Department of History

Marcy Ladson

  • Graduate Student

I am happy to be part of the History Graduate program at the University of Pittsburgh. My regional field is the United States, in particular the mid-Atlantic. My current research interests include land use and public policy concerning energy issues, extractive industries and agriculture during the 20th century. I attended the Pennsylvania State University from 2006 to 2010, and earned B.A.s in History and in Environmental Studies. My undergraduate thesis was a study of the New Deal era homesteading settlement in Matanuska, Alaska.  I completed my Master’s degree here at Pitt in 2014. My Master’s paper is “Energy Extraction and the Land Ethic: Natural Gas Drilling in Pennsylvania before the Marcellus Boom.”

I’m a native Pennsylvanian. My husband, sons and I live in Bedford County, where we have operated a family dairy farm for more than twenty-five years. My academic interests are firmly grounded in my work experiences at home and in the larger agricultural community.


United States Environmental History

20th Century United States

Representative Publications

Brian Black and Marcy Ladson. "The Legacy of Extraction: Reading Patterns and Ethics in Pennsylvania’s Landscape of Energy." Pennsylvania History: A Journal of Mid-Atlantic Studies 79, no. 4 (2012): 377-394.

Brian Black and Marcy Ladson. "Oil at 150: Energy Past and Future in Pennsylvania." The Historical Society of Pennsylvania: Pennsylvania Legacies, Vol. 10, No. 1 (May 2010): 6-13.

Research Interests

Dissertation Research Topic:

Natural gas drilling in Pennsylvania during the 1970s and 1980s

Advisor: Ted Muller