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Professor Emeritus

Research and Teaching Fields: Urban America, immigration history, Florida, American historiography


  • B.A., Hamilton College, 1961
  • M.A.T., Yale, 1962
  • M.A., New York University, 1965
  • Ph.D., New York University, 1967

UAB Service, 1970-1981

  • 1996-2002: Chair, History Department
  • 2002-2015: University Scholar in History

Select Publications

  • Poverty in New York, 1783-1825. Oxford University Press, 1971.
  • Paradox of Progressive Education: The Gary Plan and Urban Schooling. With Ronald D. Coke. Kennikat, 1978.
  • Searching for the Sunbelt. University of Georgia Press, 1993.
  • The New City: Urban America in the Industrial Age, 1860-1920. Harlan Davidson, 1994.
  • “Stop the Road: Freeway Revolts in Postwar American Cities,” Journal of Urban History. 2004.
  • South of the South: Jewish Activists and the Civil Rights Movement in Miami. University Press of Florida, 2005.
  • Interstate: Highway Politics and Policy Since 1939. With Mark Rose. University of Tennessee Press, 2012.

Select Grants, Fellowships, and Other Sholarly Endeavors

  • Editor, Journal of Urban History, 1973-1977 (Founding Editor).
  • Senior Fulbright Teaching Fellowship, Tel Aviv University, 1978.
  • Senior Fulbright, University of Western Australia, 1983.

Select Honors

  • Dorothy Dodd Life-Time Achievement Award of the Florida Historical Society, 2013
  • Frederick W. Prize in the History of Ideas, 2001
  • Phi Kappa Phi
  • Phi Alpha Theta