Director of the Urban Studies Program, Professor of American Studies and Urban Studies


I am a cultural, intellectual, and urban historian with particular interest in United States cultural and political history since World War II, 20th century cities and urbanism, the built environment, and nonfiction writing.

My most recent book is The Idealist: Wendell Willkie's Wartime Quest to Build One World (Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 2020). I am also the author of Manhattan Projects: The Rise and Fall of Urban Renewal in Cold War New York (Oxford, 2010) and the co-editor of Vital Little Plans: The Short Works of Jane Jacobs (Random House, 2016).

I've written articles and reviews for a number of publications, including The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Nation, n+1, Public Books, Reviews in American History, The Baffler, Metropolis, American Quarterly, American Literary History, The Journal of Urban History, Cabinet, and In These Times


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