Loyola University Chicago

Department of History

Faculty and Staff Directory


Title/s: Associate Professor
Interim Dean of the Graduate School

Office #: Crown Center 527; Granada Centre 438

Phone: 773.508.8949

E-mail: pmooney@luc.edu

CV Link: Mooney-Melvin CV


Patricia Mooney-Melvin (University of Cincinnati, Ph.D., 1978; BA, 1971) is Associate Professor of History and Interim Dean of the Graduate School at Loyola University Chicago, where she teaches courses in public history, local history, Progressive Era history, and social welfare history.  She previously taught at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, where she established and directed the Public History Program; The College of Wooster; and the University of Cincinnati.  She received a Certificate of Excellence from the Illinois State Historical Society in Spring 1994 for Reading Your Neighborhood:  A History of East Rogers Park (Chicago: Loyola University, 1993). Mooney-Melvin was Graduate Faculty Member of the Year at Loyola in 2002.  As a member of the American Historical Association’s Committee on the Master’s Degree in History, she participated in the Wingspread Conference, Competencies and Credentials in the Training of History Professionals (2005).

Mooney-Melvin has been a leading voice in the promotion of public history for more than three decades. She served as President of the National Council on Public History (NCPH) from 1994-1995 and has held numerous positions in NCPH. She was the Curator of the Ohio Labor History Project at the Ohio Historical Society and Guest Curator for “Ohio Quilts and Quilters” at the Frick Art Galley of the College of Wooster as well as for “Behold Our Works Were Good” exhibition at The Old State House in Little Rock, AR. Mooney-Melvin served as the Acting Director for the UALR Archives and Special Collections Department at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. She was a faculty member for Teaching Public History.  A Summer Humanities Institute funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities at Arizona State University in 1984.  Other public history projects of note include the “Guidebook to DoD-related World War II Sites and Museum,” Legacy Resource Management Program for the Department of Defense (principle investigator), “Agents of Change: the Jesuits and Mid-America,” Loyola University traveling exhibition (project director), and the Erie Neighborhood House Neighborhood History Project (facilitator).

Mooney-Melvin’s scholarship reflects her interests in urban and public history, the relationship of public space and public memory, and the history and evolution of city neighborhoods and settlements.  Her most influential publications include Making Sense of the City: Local Government, Civic Culture, and Community Life in American Cities, edited with Robert B. Fairbanks (Ohio State University Press, 2001); Reading Your Neighborhood: A History of East Rogers Park (Loyola University Press, 1993); The Organic City: Urban Definition and Neighborhood Organization 1880-1920 (University Press of Kentucky, 1987); The Urbanization of Modern America, with Zane Miller (2nd ed, San Diego: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1987); and American Community Organizations: A Historical Dictionary (Greenwood Press, 1986). She is currently completing The Landscape of Urban Memory: Public Space and Public Memory in Chicago (Northern Illinois University Press) with Theodore Karamanski.

As Associate Dean, Mooney-Melvin has been the Co-PI  for a variety of grants including  Mastering the Humanities: Growing, Diversifying, and Sustaining the Humanities, ETS/MAGS Award for Excellence and Innovation in Graduate Education, 2013-2014; the Doctoral Initiative on Minority Attrition and Completion, 2012-2014; National Science Foundation and the Council of Graduate Schools; and the Completion and Attrition in STEM Master’s Programs 2011-2012, Alfred P. Sloan Foundation and the Council of Graduate Schools.  Graduate School presentations of note include “The Humanities and Career Pathways,” The Midwest Association of Graduate Schools, April 12, 2012; “Dealing With Students  In Crisis.” Council of Graduate Schools,  December 9, 2011; and “Transformative Graduate Education at Loyola University Chicago.” Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities Graduate Conference, March 18, 2011.

Research Interests

American history 1880-1940, public history, urban memory and memorial landscapes, neighborhoods and settlements

Courses Taught

HIST 480: Public History: Method and Theory

HIST 492: Local History

HIST 410: American Settlement House Movement

HIST 410: World War I and American Culture

Selected Publications

The Landscape of Urban Memory:  Public Space and Public Memory in Chicago.  With Theodore Karamanski.  Advance contract with Northern Illinois University Press.

“Engaging the Neighborhood: the East Rogers Park Neighborhood History Project and the Possibilities and Challenges of Community-Based Initiatives.”  Journal of Urban History, forthcoming.

 “Professional Historians and the Challenge of Redefinition.”  Public History:  Essays From the Field, eds. James B. Gardner and Peter LaPaglia, 5-21.  Malabar, FA:  Krieger Press, 1999, 2004.

“Harnessing the Romance of the Past:  Preservation, Tourism, and History.”  The Public Historian 13 Spring 1991): 35-48.

The Organic City:  Urban Definition and Neighborhood Organization 1880-1920.  Lexington:  The University Press of Kentucky, 1987.