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Dr. Alan Lessoff

Professor
History
Office
Schroeder Hall - SCH SCH 327
Office Hours
MW, 3-5
  • About
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Current Courses

322.001American Urban History

135.003History Of The United States To 1865

135.004History Of The United States To 1865

398.001Professional Practice: Internship In History

498.001Professional Practice: Public/Applied History

300.002Senior Seminar In History

242.001History Of Chicago

135.001History Of The United States To 1865

135.002History Of The United States To 1865

135.005History Of The United States To 1865

135.006History Of The United States To 1865

285.008Honors Undergraduate Research I

398.001Professional Practice: Internship In History

498.001Professional Practice: Public/Applied History

490.005Readings -- Field Of Study

Teaching Interests & Areas

U.S. and comparative urban history
U.S. Gilded Age and Progressive Era.

Research Interests & Areas

U.S. urban and local history.
U.S. Gilded Age and Progressive Era.

Ph D History

Johns Hopkins University
Baltimore, MD

MA History

Johns Hopkins University
Baltimore, MD

BA History

Cambridge University
Cambridge, England

BA History

Columbia University
New York, NY

Book, Authored

Where Texas Meets the Sea: Corpus Christi and Its History (Austin: University of Texas Press, 2015).

Book, Chapter

with Carola Hein. “The Original North American Petroleumscape: Oil-and-Gas Empire, Petrochemical Nation.” Oil Spaces: Exploring the Global Petroleumscape. Ed Carola Hein. London: Routledge, 2021. Pp. 4-42.
“Lewis Mumford, Thomas Welskopp, and the Art of the Usable Past.” Entbehrung und Erfüllung: Praktiken von Arbeit, Körper und Konsum in der Geschichte moderner Gesellschaften. Ed. Gleb Albert, Daniel Siemens, and Frank Wolff. Bonn: Dietz, 2021. Pp. 431-46.
“’Leur moralité est celle de leur entourage’: Le bossisme américain et la conception outre-Atlantique de la corruption urbaine moderne.” Maudire le ville: Socio-histoire comparée de la dénonciation de la corruption urbaine. Ed. Nicolas Maisetti and Cesare Mattina. Villeneuve d’Ascq: Septentrion, 2021. Pp. 45-81.
“Art and Architecture.” A Companion to the Gilded Age and Progressive Era. ed. Christopher McKnight Nichols and Nancy C. Unger. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley-Blackwell, 2017. Pp. 151-64.
“The Gilded Age City in American Political Discourse and Lore.” Stadt—Macht—Korruption, ed. Jens-Ivo Engels, et al. Stuttgart: Franz Steiner Verlag, 2017. Pp. 143-54.

Book, Edited

ed. with Thomas Welskopp. Fractured Modernity: America Confronts Modern Times, 1890s to 1940s (Munich: Oldenbourg Verlag, 2012).

Journal Article

“Urban History and the Transnational Perspective.” Yearbook of Transnational History 3 (2020): 179-213.
“James Bryce, William T. Stead, and the Trans-Atlantic Meaning of the American City.” International Journal of Regional and Local History 14, n. 2 (Nov. 2019): 76-93.
with James J. Connolly. "From Political Insult to Political Theory: The Boss, the Machine, and the Pluralist City." Journal of Policy History 25, n. 2 (Spring 2013): 139-72.