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Peter-Christian Aigner is the Director of The Gotham Center for New York City History.
A native of the city, he has lived, studied, or worked in all five boroughs. He takes no position on his favorite.
Andy Battle holds a Ph.D. from The Graduate Center, CUNY. His dissertation examined the de-industrialization of New York City, using case studies of "runaway plants," or factories that left for the American South or abroad, between 1945 and 1975. He has worked on the CUNY Digital History Archive and taught U.S. History at Hunter College. His writing on New York and other subjects has appeared in Jacobin, the Brooklyn Rail, Commune, and elsewhere. He has also been an active participant in the social movements of the last decade.
Emily Brooks holds a Ph.D. from The Graduate Center, CUNY. Her dissertation looked at how the mobilization for World War II presented opportunities to expand anti-vice policing (sex work, juvenile delinquency, gambling) in New York City, and the differential impact such law enforcement had on women and African-Americans. She has taught at Hunter College and La Guardia Community College. Her writing has appeared in the Journal of Policy History, Process: A Blog for American History, and The Metropole.
Megan L. Cherry is an Assistant Professor of History at North Carolina State University. She received her Ph.D. from Yale, and is currently writing her first book, New York Asunder, which explains the causes and consequences of Leisler’s Rebellion, which shook the city from 1689 to 1691. Her work argues that the uprising was primarily political, with deep roots in contemporary developments in England and the Netherlands. Her future research projects include Imperial New York, a book on the transatlantic imperial and political ties that bound the colony within the early 18th c. British empire, as well as a study of the Jacobite diaspora in North America.
Mike Glass is a doctoral candidate at Princeton. His dissertation examines conflicts over school funding in postwar Long Island, focusing on the interaction between real estate, municipal debt, and fiscal politics in the development of educational inequality, racial segregation, and suburban poverty. Some of that work has appeared in The Journal of Urban History. A Woodrow Wilson Scholar and Spencer Dissertation Fellow, Mike has also contributed to the Princeton and Slavery Project and taught in Princeton’s Prison Teaching Initiative. Before starting his Ph.D., he taught history in New York City public high schools for seven years.
Robb Haberman is an associate Editor of The Selected Papers of John Jay, a seven-volume scholarly edition of the founder's correspondence and writings, at Columbia University’s Rare Book & Manuscript Library. He received his Ph.D. in American history from the University of Connecticut, and his writing on literary culture and local identity in post-Revolutionary New York City has appeared in Early American Studies and American Periodicals. His current research explores the intersections of partisanship, defensive planning, and historical memory in Federalist New York. He has taught at Bronx Community College, College of Staten Island, and Fordham University and has conducted interviews of Inwood and Washington Heights residents for the New York Public Library’s Community Oral History Project. He lives in Inwood, Manhattan.
Deborah Hamer is a historian of the Dutch Atlantic world, and a Research Associate at the Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture, where she previously served as a 2015-17 NEH Postdoctoral Fellow. She is currently finishing a book manuscript titled “Uniting Nations: Marriage, Sex, and the Foundations of the Dutch Global Empire” which argues that marriage regulation, a subject that historians of the Dutch Atlantic world have ignored, was central to the West India Company’s activities. She received her Ph.D. from Columbia University, and has taught at Boston College and the University of Miami.
David Huyssen is a Lecturer (Assistant Professor) in Modern American History at the University of York, UK, specializing in the history of U.S. political economy, class relations, urban life, and New York. He is the author of Progressive Inequality: Rich and Poor in New York, 1890-1920, and with assistance from a Leverhulme Trust Research Fellowship is now completing his second book, The Socialist Who Created the Hedge Fund: A New History of Capitalism. He has taught previously at Yale, Wesleyan, the New School, and New York University, and has commented on inequality and capitalism for BBC News, Deutsche Welle radio, and Le Monde.
Prithi Kanakamedala is an Associate Professor of History at Bronx Community College, CUNY, where she researches the history of New York City, free Black communities in the antebellum period, and the material culture of the Black Atlantic. As a public historian she has worked with Danspace Project, Inc, “Place Matters” (a City Lore and Municipal Art Society project), Brooklyn Historical Society, Weeksville Heritage Center, and Irondale Ensemble Project, and curated Brooklyn Abolitionists, a semi-permanent exhibit at the Brooklyn Historical Society. She holds a Ph.D. from the University of Sussex and is originally from Liverpool, England.
Alexander Manevitz is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the New-York Historical Society, completing a book manuscript on “The Rise and Fall of Seneca Village,” the largest free black community in New York City until its destruction in the late antebellum era, for the building of Central Park. A Ph.D. graduate of New York University, he served previously as a Visiting Assistant Professor at Trinity College, and a McNeil Center Fellow at the University of Pennsylvania. He is currently researching three other projects as well, looking at “experimental black anti-slavery” in the early republic, the “pre-history of gentrification” in late 19th c. urban America, and how “tech companies shifted models of urban development” in the 21st c.
Atiba Pertilla is a Research Fellow and Digital Editor at the German Historical Institute. He received his Ph.D. in history from New York University, where he completed a dissertation, “Investing in Manhood,” on the professionalization of Wall Street in the late Gilded Age. He is now working on a new project, “Land of Dollars,” that will examine how immigrants used money in the period from 1870 to 1930. He is also a co-convener of the Digital Cultural Heritage D.C. Meetup, a group that brings together a wide range of professionals in the Washington area for monthly talks on the digital humanities.
Molly Rosner is Assistant Director of Education Programs at the LaGuardia and Wagner Archives, at LaGuardia Community College, CUNY. She received her Ph.D. in American Studies from Rutgers University-Newark, writing a dissertation on 20th century amusements designed to teach history to children. She previously served on the Oral History Review' s editorial board, and has worked at the Museum of the City of New York, the Apollo Theater, the Brooklyn Museum and the Brooklyn Navy Yard BLDG92. Her writing has appeared in the L.A. Review of Books, Salon, Huffington Post, the Brooklyn Navy Yard Blog and Jeunesse.
Elizabeth Stack is Executive Director of the Irish American Heritage Museum. Previously, she taught Irish and Irish-American History at Fordham University, where she also was Associate Director of the Institute of Irish Studies. Her dissertation explored the response of Irish and German immigrants in New York City to xenophobic or restrictive border movements at the turn of the last century. She has a master's degree in 20th c. Anglo-Irish Relations from University College Dublin and was a high school teacher in Ireland before moving to the U.S.
Katie Uva is a Ph.D. candidate at The Graduate Center, CUNY, where her work focuses on mid-20th c. New York City. Her dissertation examines the 1939 and 1964 World's Fairs in terms of their cultural impact on urbanism and urban planning. She has worked at Governors Island National Monument and The Lower East Side Tenement Museum, taught at Brooklyn College, Lehman College, and Baruch College, is a founding member of The Graduate Center's Public History Collective and formerly was an educator at The Museum of the City of New York.