I am a scholar of American urban history, the built environment, and digital tools in public history. Since 2011 I have been a member of the faculty of history at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech). I have a PhD from the University of Michigan and graduate degrees in urban planning and public history.
My research investigates the relationship 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. My book, “Building the Ivory Tower,” will be published with the University of Pennsylvania Press in the fall of 2017. My other publications are detailed in my CV and other research can be found here.
Prior to working at 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, digitizes, interprets, and presents to the public the history of the Home Ownership Loan Corporation, best known for its “redlining” security maps. Mapping Inequality was named one of the best map projects of 2016 by National Geographic and one of the best digital history projects of the year by Slate.
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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