Brian Black is an U.S. professor of history and environmental studies at Pennsylvania State University, Altoona Pennsylvania. Dr. Black received his BA in English in 1988 from Gettysburg College, an MA in American Civilization in 1991 from New York University and his Ed.D in American Studies from the University of Kansas in 1996. His research focuses on deals with the landscape and environmental history of North America. He has published articles and books on the history of petroleum and history of the environment.
- Petrolia: The Landscape of America's First Oil Boom, 2003 ISBN 0-8018-7732-6
- Nature and the Environment in Twentieth-Century American Life, 2006 ISBN 0-313-33200-2
- Nature and the Environment in Nineteenth-Century American Life, 2006 ISBN 0-313-33201-0
- America at War!: Battles That Turned the Tide, 1992 ISBN 0-590-45505-2