PhD Indiana University 1977
MA Indiana University 1972
BA Muskingum College 1968
Hoosier Historian Award from the Indiana Historical Society (2003); Indiana University Trustees Teaching Award (2006)
Albion Fellows Bacon: Indiana’s Municipal Housekeeper (Indiana University Press, 2000)Co-editor Encyclopedia of Indianapolis (Indiana University Press 1994) Articles in Journal of Urban History, Indiana Magazine of History, Ohio Valley History, and Mid-AmericaThree book chapters: “Urbanizing America” in The Gilded Age: Essays on the Origins of Modern America(Scholarly Resources 1996); “Skyscrapers Among the Cornfields: Cities and Urbanization in Indiana History” in The State of Indiana History (Indiana Historical Society, 2001); and “Albion Fellows Bacon: Indiana’s Frenzied Philanthropist” in The Human Tradition in Urban America (Scholarly Resources 2002).
History Department chair (2006-2012); departmental Director of Graduate Studies (1995-2005); member, Indiana Association of Historians; chair, Best Article Prize Committee, Society for Historians of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era (SHGAPE) (2000-2002); elected to a three-year term on the SHGAPE Council (2010-2013).
Indiana/Indianapolis history, late nineteenth and early twentieth-century U.S. history, American urban history, social reform efforts in Indiana during the Progressive era and the Great Depression (currently focusing on New Deal public housing projects in Indiana)