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Michael Kahan

Michael Kahan

Michael Kahan portrait.
Lecturer
Urban Studies

About

I've been the Associate Director of the Program on Urban Studies since the fall of 2003; I'm also a senior lecturer in Urban Studies and, sometimes, in History. 

I teach both introductory and upper-level courses in Urban Studies, and I teach courses on the history of American cities, including:

I enjoy teaching in Urban Studies because the students are excited to connect their classroom work to real issues in the cities and towns they live in and care about.  I also love the interdisciplinary nature of Urban Studies; all of us who teach in the program bring our own disciplinary perspectives, and students are able to draw on these multiple viewpoints to understand cities in original and sophisticated ways.  My own discipline is history.  I majored in history as an undergraduate at Yale and went on to get a PhD in history at the University of Pennsylvania.  My dissertation was about streets and street life in Philadelphia around the turn of the twentieth century.

Download my CV here.

Recent publications:

“Reading Whiskey Gulch: The Meanings of Space and Urban Redevelopment in East Palo Alto,” Occasion, vol. 8 (August 2015), special issue on Race, Space, and Scale ed. Wendy Cheng and Rashad Shabazz. (HTML) (pdf)

“The Risk of Cholera and the Reform of Urban Space: Philadelphia, 1893,” Geographical Review 103:4 (2013): 517-536. (Enhanced HTML) (pdf)

“There are Plenty of Women on the Street”: The Landscape of Commercial Sex in Progressive-Era Philadelphia,” Historical Geography 40 (2012): 39-60. (HTML) (pdf)

“Mapping Vice in Early Twentieth-Century Philadelphia,” Spatial History Project, Stanford University.