I am a scholar of American urban history, the built environment, and digital tools in public history. I have a PhD from the University of Michigan and graduate degrees in urban planning and public history. Since 2011 I have been a member of the faculty of history at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech).
My research investigates the interaction between institutions of higher education and American cities in the twentieth century. I use the built environment of education communities as a lens for examining urban politics, federal policy, student activism, and real estate and philanthropic capital. I have a few relevant publications detailed in my CV. You can read about my book project, “Building the Ivory Tower,” here, and other research here.
Prior to Virginia Tech I was a visiting assistant professor in history at Temple University in Philadelphia, an instructor of history at Loyola University Chicago, and an instructor in the Taubman College of Architecture + Urban Planning at the University of Michigan. Since 2009 I have been a director of the Classicizing Chicago project at Northwestern University, a digital humanities collaboration between the Classics department and the NU library. Currently I am developing two major digital history projects. One, Mapping Congress, makes GIS resources and interactive maps available for studying the changing geography of the U.S. Congress. Another, Mapping Inequality, is an effort to digitize, interpret, and present to the public the history of the Home Ownership Loan Corporation, best known for its “redlining” security maps.
You can reach my blog here, check out my CV in html here, and in pdf here. At the top of the page are links to resources that may be of some enduring interest to readers, including a portfolio of my digital and public history work and pages for my public history courses.
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