I am a historian based in Cleveland Heights, Ohio. I am Professor of History and Director of the Center for Public History + Digital Humanities at Cleveland State University, where I teach courses on 20th-century U.S., public, and urban history. I am the author or editor of three books, including New Orleans on Parade: Tourism and the Transformation of the Crescent City (LSU Press, 2006), American Tourism: Constructing a National Tradition, co-edited with Nicholas Dagen Bloom (Center for American Places, 2012), and Believing in Cleveland: Managing Decline in “The Best Location in the Nation” (Temple University Press, 2017). I have also written multiple articles and essays. In addition, I direct or co-direct a range of public history and digital humanities projects, notably Cleveland Voices, Cleveland Historical, Curatescape, and Curating Kisumu. I was co-chair of local arrangements for the 17th National Conference on Planning History (sponsored by the Society of American City and Regional Planning History) in October 2017 and am currently serving on the SACRPH Board of Directors.
I earned my Ph.D. in History in 2002 from Tulane University, M.A. in History in 1996 from the University of Richmond, and B.A. in History in 1994 from Furman University. A native of Georgia, I grew up in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains in the small city of Gainesville, 40 miles from Athens and 50 miles from Atlanta. I live with my wife and daughter (and two cats) in a century home in Deming’s Forest Hill, a National Register historic district near Coventry Village in Cleveland Heights. In my spare time, I enjoy sketching, photography, outdoor activities, and playing trumpet in the University Heights Symphonic Band.