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 am 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 Cleveland on October 26-29, 2017.
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.