Peer-Reviewed Articles and Book Chapters
“Through the Ivory Curtain: African Americans in Cleveland Heights, Ohio, before the Fair Housing Movement.” Journal of Urban History, forthcoming 2022.
“Digital Storytelling and University-based Community Engagement in Cleveland,” in Engaging Place, Engaging Practices: Urban History and Campus-Community Partnerships, ed. Robin F. Bachin and Amy L. Howard (Philadelphia: Temple University Press, forthcoming 2022).
“Making ‘The Garden City of the South’: Beautification, Preservation, and Downtown Planning in Augusta, Georgia,” Journal of Planning History 20, no. 2 (May 2021): 87–116. Read
“‘Green Spots in the Heart of Town’: Planning and Contesting the Nation’s Widest Streets in Georgia’s Fall Line Cities,” Georgia Historical Quarterly 104, no. 4 (Winter 2020): 286–322.
Meshack Owino and J. Mark Souther, “‘Curating Kisumu’ and ‘Curating East Africa’: Academic Collaboration and Public Engagement in the Digital Age,” History in Africa 47 (June 2020): 327-357.
“Jewish Suburbanization and Jewish Presence in the ‘City without Jews,'” in Cleveland Jews and the Making of a Midwestern Community, ed. Sean Martin and John J. Grabowski (New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press, 2020), 162-182.
“‘The Best Things in Life Are Here’ in ‘The Mistake on the Lake’: Narratives of Decline and Renewal in Cleveland,” Journal of Urban History, 41 (November 2015): 1091-1117. Read
“A $35 Million ‘Hole in the Ground’: Metropolitan Fragmentation and Cleveland’s Unbuilt Downtown Subway,” Journal of Planning History, 14 (August 2015): 179-203. Read
“Acropolis of the Middle-West: Decay, Renewal, and Boosterism in Cleveland’s University Circle,” Journal of Planning History, 10 (February 2011): 30-58. Read
“Suburban Swamp: The Rise and Fall of Planned New-Town Communities in New Orleans East,” Planning Perspectives, 23 (April 2008): 197-218. Read
“The Disneyfication of New Orleans: The French Quarter as Facade in a Divided City,” Journal of American History, 94 (December 2007): 804-811. Read
“Into the Big League: Conventions, Football, and the Color Line in New Orleans,” Journal of Urban History, 29 (September 2003): 694-725. Read
“Making ‘America’s Most Interesting City’: Tourism and the Construction of Cultural Image in New Orleans, 1940-1984,” in Southern Journeys: Tourism, History, and Culture in the Modern South, ed. Richard D. Starnes (Tuscaloosa: University of Alabama Press, 2003), 114-137.
“Making the ‘Birthplace of Jazz’: Tourism and Musical Heritage Marketing in New Orleans,” Louisiana History, 44 (Winter 2003): 39-73. Read
“Down South in/of Dixie: Rethinking the Tourist South,” Reviews in American History 43, no. 1 (March 2015): 116-125. Read
“Building and Rebuilding New Orleans: Nature, Artifice, and Transformation,” Journal of Planning History 6, no. 4 (November 2007): 338-352. Read
“In the Shadow of the Suburban Dream: Black Struggles on the Urban Fringe,” Reviews in American History 33, no. 4 (December 2005): 594-600. Read
“Landscapes of Leisure: Building an Urban History of Tourism,” Journal of Urban History 30, no. 2 (January 2004): 257-265. Read
Encyclopedia Articles and Entries
“Urban Tourism in the U.S. since 1800,” Oxford Research Encyclopedia of American History, Oxford University Press, February 2018, doi: 10.1093/acrefore/9780199329175.013.573.
“Urbanization of Leisure,” in Encyclopedia of Recreation and Leisure in America, Vol. 2, ed. Gary S. Cross (Westport, CT: Charles Scribner’s Sons, 2004), 383-391.
Entries in the Encyclopedia of Cleveland History, ed. John J. Grabowski, case.edu/ech:
Beachwood; Bedford; Bedford Heights; Bratenahl; Chagrin Highlands; Crayton, Leroy; Cuyahoga Heights; Doan’s Corners; Downtown; East Cleveland; Euclid; Euclid Ave.; Gates Mills; Glenwillow; Haggins, Isaac Sr.; Highland Heights; Hough Area Development Corp.; House of Wills; Hunting Valley; Marotta, Vincent G.; Mayfield Heights; Mayfield Village; North American Systems, Inc.; North Randall; Oakwood; Orange; Pepper Pike; Richmond Heights; Slaughter, Fleet; Solon; South Euclid; Wade Park Allotment; Warrensville Heights; Williams, Eugene; Wills, J. Walter, Sr., Woodmere. All published 2019-2020.
Other Non-Peer-Reviewed Articles and Essays
“What Happened to Northeast Ohio’s ‘Chemical Shore’?” Belt Magazine, May 29, 2020, beltmag.com/northeast-ohio-chemical-shore-union-carbide-dow-chemical/.
“MaCleKi: Engaging the African Public in their History, One Story at a Time” (with Meshack Owino), Items: Insights from the Social Sciences (Social Science Research Council), December 3, 2018, items.ssrc.org/parameters/macleki-engaging-the-african-public-in-their-history-one-story-at-a-time/.
“The ‘Messiah’ Mayor Who Believed in Cleveland When No One Else Did: Carl Stokes, the First African American to Lead a Big City, Was Both a Realist and a Showman,” Zócalo Public Square, March 22, 2018, www.zocalopublicsquare.org/2018/03/22/messiah-mayor-believed-cleveland-no-one-else/ideas/essay/.
“‘People Were Saying Nice Things About Cleveland Again’: Reflecting on Carl Stokes and City Image,” The Metropole (blog), Urban History Association, October 5, 2017, themetropole.blog/2017/10/05/people-were-saying-nice-things-about-cleveland-again-reflecting-on-carl-stokes-and-city-image/.
“From ‘The Mistake on the Lake’ to ‘Defend Together’: The Long (and Amusing) History of Trying to Rebrand Cleveland,” Belt Magazine, October 3, 2017, beltmag.com/mistake-lake-defend-together-long-amusing-history-trying-rebrand-cleveland/.
Stories on Cleveland Historical, clevelandhistorical.org:
Bluestone Quarries; Brith Emeth Temple/Ratner School; Christ Our Redeemer A.M.E. Church; Cleveland’s Greenhouse Industry: “Gardens Under Glass”; Cleveland’s Second Downtown; Coventry P.E.A.C.E. Park; Coventry Village Library; Downtown Subway Plan; Dugway Brook; Erieview; Forest Hill Church, Presbyterian; Forest Hill Park Footbridge; Grant Deming’s Forest Hill; Heights Hardware; House of Wills; M. M. Brown’s Mayfield Heights; Monticello Modern: Midcentury Architecture in Forest Hill; New Amsterdam Hotel; Pla-Mor Roller Rink; Public Square: Two Centuries of Transformation; St. Paul’s Episcopal Church; Warner and Swasey Observatory. All published 2012-2020.
“The Other Forest Hill: Grant Deming’s Garden-Suburb Allotment,” View from the Overlook (Cleveland Heights Historical Society) 32 (Fall 2012): 1-11. Read