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Penn IUR is affiliated with more than 200 experts in the field of urbanism. Its Faculty Fellows program identifies faculty at the University of Pennsylvania with a demonstrated interest in urban research; the Penn IUR Scholars program identifies urban scholars outside of Penn; and the Penn IUR Fellows program identifies expert urban practitioners. Together, these programs foster a community of scholars and encourage cross-disciplinary collaboration.

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Faculty Fellow

Lynn Hollen Lees

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Professor of History Emeritus

About

Lynn Hollen Lees is Professor of History Emeritus, having retired in 2013 from her position as Vice Provost for Faculty after serving for several years as co-director of the Joseph H. Lauder Institute of Management and International Studies. Her teaching was primarily in the fields of British history, European social history, and world history. She has spent time as an exchange Professor at University College London, Catholic University of Leuven, and the University of Diponegoro in Indonesia, and was Chair of the Department of History between 1995 and 2001. Her research centers on European cities, their social organization, and their welfare institutions. 

Selected Publications

Crossley, Pamela K., Lynn Hollen Lees, and John W. Servos. 2012. Global Society: The World Since 1900, 3rd edition. Cengage Learning.

Lees, Lynn Hollen. 2008. The Solidarities of Strangers: The British Poor Laws and the People, 1700-1948. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Lees, Lynn Hollen and Andrew Lees. 2007. Cities and the Making of Modern Europe, 1750-1914. Cambridge University Press.

Lees, Lynn Hollen and Paul Hohenberg. 1995. The Making of Urban Europe, 1000-1995. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press. 

Lees, Lynn Hollen. 1979. Exiles of Erin: Irish Migrants in Victorian London. Manchester: Manchester University Press. 

Faculty Fellow

Walter Licht

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Walter H. Annenberg Professor of History

About

Walter Licht is Walter H. Annenberg Professor of History in the School of Arts and Sciences. His expertise lies in the history of work and labor markets and he teaches courses in American economic and labor history. Licht began teaching at Penn in 1977. He has received the Ira Abrams Memorial Prize for Distinguished Teaching awarded by the School of Arts and Sciences and many grants and fellowships to pursue his scholarly interests. He has previously been Undergraduate Chair of the Department of History, Graduate Chair, and Chair. He also served as Associate Dean in the School of Arts and Sciences for ten years, responsible for graduate education, social science departments, area studies programs, and research and education centers. He is currently Faculty Director of Civic House and the Penn Civic Scholars Program. Licht is now working on a book entitled American Capitalisms: A Global History.

Selected Publications

Dublin, Thomas and Walter Licht. 2005. The Face of Decline: The Pennsylvania Anthracite Region in the Twentieth Century. Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press.

Licht, Walter. 1995. Industrializing America: The Nineteenth Century. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press.

Licht, Walter. 1992. Getting Work: Philadelphia, 1840-1950. Cambridge: Harvard University Press.

Scranton, Phillip and Walter Licht. 1986. Work Sights: Industrial Philadelphia, 1890-1950. Philadelphia: Temple University Press.

Licht, Walter. 1983. Working For The Railroad: The Organization of Work in the Nineteenth Century. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press.

Affiliated PhD Student

Samuel Ostroff

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Joint Doctoral Candidate in History and South Asia Studies, University of Pennsylvania

About

Samuel Ostroff is a joint Doctoral Candidate in History and South Asia Studies at Penn. He is currently writing his dissertation on the economic, environmental and imperial aspects of the Indian Ocean pearl trade in the late seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. In the field of urban studies, his work focuses on port-cities and urban networking across oceanic and global spaces in the early modern world. Aside from his dissertation research, Samuel is interested in urban planning, transportation, and policy in the global cities of the 21st century. Prior to Penn, Samuel completed his B.A. in History at Bucknell University and M.A. in Middle East and Asian Languages and Cultures at Columbia University.

Affiliated PhD Student

Sudev Sheth

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PhD Candidate in South Asia Studies and History, University of Pennsylvania

About

Sudev J Sheth is a doctoral student in the Departments of South Asia Studies and History at the University of Pennsylvania. His dissertation titled A historical ethnography of statecraft and governance in Baroda, c. 1700−1949 investigates connections between agrarian economies, finance capital, and provincial state building in western India during the dissolution of the Mughal Empire and the rise of British colonial rule. Sudev also researches historical transformations in boundary and land use in the urban villages of contemporary New Delhi.

Faculty Fellow

Thomas J. Sugrue

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David Boies Professor of History and Sociology

Director, Penn Social Science and Policy Forum

School/Department

    About

    Thomas J. Sugrue is David Boies Professor of History and Sociology in the Department of History in the School of Arts and Sciences, and Director of the Penn Social Science and Policy Forum. His first book, The Origins of the Urban Crisis: Race and Inequality in Postwar Detroit (1996), won the Bancroft Prize in American History, the Philip Taft Prize in Labor History, the President's Book Award of the Social Science History Association, and the Urban History Association Award for Best Book in North American Urban History. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. 

    Selected Publications

    Sugrue, Thomas. 2010. Not Even Past: Barack Obama and the Burden of Race. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press.

    Sugrue, Thomas. 2008. Sweet Land of Liberty: The Forgotten Struggle for Civil Rights in the North. New York: Random House.

    Sugrue, Thomas. 1996. The Origins of the Urban Crisis: Race and Inequality in Postwar Detroit. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press.

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