Orleans on Parade: Tourism and
the Transformation of the Crescent
LSU Press, 2006
Department of History
Cleveland State University
2121 Euclid Ave., RT 1310
I specialize in 20th-century U.S. urban and public history. My current research explores the decline and revitalization of Great Lakes cities since World War II, focusing on discourses about civic image and public responses to decline. An initial article on a portion of my research is forthcoming in the Journal of Planning History. My first book, New Orleans on Parade: Tourism and the Transformation of the Crescent City, winner of the 2006 Kemper and Leila Williams Prize and 2006 Gulf South History Book Award, is available from the Louisiana State University Press. New Orleans on Parade examines the ways in which tourism shaped New Orleans in the last six decades, with particular attention to race and class relations, public policy and discourse, and the cultural foundations of the city's tourist image, notably the French Quarter, Mardi Gras, and jazz. I am also co-editing, with Nicholas Dagen Bloom, American Tourism: Constructing a National Tradition, in press at the Center for American Places at Columbia College Chicago. My past research has appeared in the Journal of American History, Journal of Urban History, Planning Perspectives, Louisiana History, and in Southern Journeys: Tourism, History, and Culture in the Modern South, ed. Richard D. Starnes (University of Alabama Press).
I earned my B.A. in History at Furman University (1994), my M.A. in History at the University of Richmond (1996), and my Ph.D. in History at Tulane University (2002). I joined the faculty at Cleveland State University in 2003. In addition to offering courses on urban, public, and tourism history and both halves of the U.S. survey, I coordinate the History Internships program, which has placed nearly three dozen students in Northeast Ohio area museums, historical societies, archives, and other public history institutions in the past seven years.
I am involved in a number of community history projects. My colleague Mark Tebeau and I co-direct the Center for Public History + Digital Humanities at CSU. In 2008 we completed the Euclid Corridor History Project, a major oral history–based virtual museum produced in partnership with the Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority and Cleveland Public Art, and are currently extending our digital history work both online and via a mobile phone app. Finally, in April 2010, following my preparation of a nomination, the National Register of Historic Places listed Grant Deming's Forest Hill Allotment in Cleveland Heights.
On a personal note, I am originally from Gainesville, Georgia. I live in Cleveland Heights with my wife Stacey, our daughter Keely, and our cat Clio.