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Peter Dedek

Dr. Peter DedekAssociate Professor
Office: TMH 221
Phone: 512.245.3042

Curriculum Vitae

Educational Background:

  • Doctor of Arts: 2002 Middle Tennessee State University | History with a Concentration in Historic Preservation
  • Master of Arts: 1993 Cornell University | Interior Design with Emphasis in Design History
  • Certificate: 1994 University of New Orleans | Historic Preservation
  • Bachelor of Science: 1989 Cornell University | Interior Design and Housing (individual curriculum)
  • Bachelor of Arts: 1986 Potsdam College | English

Recent Research Topics:
History of New Orleans cemeteries, African-American burial societies, History of European and American cemeteries, Authenticity in historic sites, Roadside architecture of the twentieth century West

Dr. Peter B. Dedek's doctorate is in history with an emphasis in historic preservation from Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro, Tennessee. His master's and bachelor's degrees are both from Cornell University, Ithaca, New York. He also holds a Certificate in historic preservation from the University of New Orleans.

Dr. Dedek's professional background is centered around historic preservation and architectural history. He worked in the Division of Architecture at the Texas Historical Commission in Austin for several years and worked for Michael Emrick, AIA, a preservation architect in Nashville, Tennessee, while in graduate school, doing historic preservation.

At Texas State, he teaches history of design and architecture, historic preservation, and American history courses.


Cemeteries of New Orleans


Peter B. Dedek, The Cemeteries of New Orleans: A Cultural History, Baton Rouge: The Louisiana State University Press (2017).

Historic Preservation for Designers

Peter B. Dedek, Historic Preservation for Designers, New York: Fairchild Books, (2014).

Hip to the Trip: A Cultural History of Route 66

Peter B. Dedek, Hip to the Trip: A Cultural History of Route 66, Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press (2007).