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Timothy J. Gilfoyle
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Timothy J. Gilfoyle (Ph.D. (1987), B.A. (1979), Columbia University) is professor and former chair of history at Loyola University Chicago where he teaches American urban and social history. His research has focused on the development and evolution of various 19th-century urban underworld subcultures and informal economies, exemplified by A Pickpocket's Tale: The Underworld of Nineteenth-Century New York (W.W. Norton, 2006); City of Eros: New York City, Prostitution, and the Commercialization of Sex, 1790-1920 (W.W. Norton,1992); The Flash Press: Sporting Men's Weeklies in the 1840s, coauthored with Patricia Cline Cohen and Helen Lefkowitz Horowitz (University of Chicago Press, 2008); and most recently The Urban Underworld in Late Nineteenth-Century New York: The Autobiography of George Appo (Bedford/St. Martin’s Press, 2013). Gilfoyle’s interest in urban planning and public space led to Millennium Park: Creating a Chicago Landmark (University of Chicago Press and the Chicago History Museum, 2006). He has published over fifty articles in journals such as American Quarterly, Prospects, New York History, The Missouri Review, and the Atlantic.
Gilfoyle writes a regular "Making History" feature in Chicago History based on oral history interviews he collects for the Chicago History Museum. He is an associate editor of the Journal of Urban History (responsible for assigning recently published books in U.S. urban history for review), a co-editor (with Kathleen Neils Conzen, James R. Grossman and Becky Nicolaides) of the "Historical Studies in Urban America" series of the University of Chicago Press, and has served on the editorial boards for New York History,The Encyclopedia of New York City (Yale University Press, 1995),The Encyclopedia of Chicago History (University of Chicago Press, 2004), and the online Oxford Research Encyclopedia in American History.
Gilfoyle is a member of the board of directors for the Chicago Metro History Education Center and a trustee of the Chicago History Museum (formerly the Chicago Historical Society). He has been a Minow Family Foundation Fellow (2001-02), a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellow (1998-99), a Senior Fellow at the National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution (1997) and a N.E.H./Lloyd Lewis Fellow at the Newberry Library in Chicago (1993-94). He is an elected fellow of the Society of American Historians (2011), the American Antiquarian Society (2007) and the president-elect of the Urban History Association.
He also leads the Midnight Bike Ride, an annual historical bicycle tour of Chicago.
United States, urban history, history of sexuality, American social history.
History 212: U.S. Since 1865
History 386: American Urban History
History 103H: Modern Western Civilizations: American Pluralism
History 103W: Modern Western Civilizations: American Pluralism
History 111: American Civilization before the Civil War, 1000-1865
American Civilization Since the Civil War, 1865-2012
History 291: Junior Colloquium: The City in American History
History 300: Building Metropolis-A Social History of American Urban Architecture
History 396: Global Cities: A History of International Urbanization
History 396: History of Crime and Deviance in the Anglo-American World (old)
History 392: The History of Sexuality in the United States
History 396H: Honors Colloquium: History of Crime and Deviance
History 442: Women, Gender and Sexuality in U.S. History
History 450: Readings in Nineteenth-Century U.S. History
History 460: American Urban and Cultural History, 1800-2010
History 558: Seminar in American Social and Cultural History, 1600-2012
The Urban Underworld in Late Nineteenth-Century New York: The Autobiography of George Appo with Related Documents, editor (Boston: Bedford/St. Martin’s Press, 2013).
The Flash Press: Sporting Men’s Weeklies in the 1840s, coauthored with Patricia Cline Cohen and Helen Lefkowitz Horowitz (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2008).
A Pickpocket’s Tale: The Underworld of Nineteenth-Century New York (New York: W.W. Norton, 2006; paperback 2007).
Millennium Park: Creating a Chicago Landmark (Chicago: University of Chicago Press and Chicago Historical Society, 2006).
City of Eros: New York City, Prostitution and the Commercialization of Sex, 1790‑1920 (New York: W.W. Norton, 1992; paperback, 1994)
"White Cities, Linguistic Turns, and Disneylands: Recent Paradigms in Urban History," Reviews in American History, vol. 26, no. 1 (March 1998), 175-204; and Louis P. Masur, ed. The Challenge of American History (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins Univ. Press, 1999), 175-204; reprinted as “The New Paradigms of Urban History,” in Howard Chudacoff and Peter C. Baldwin, eds., Major Problems in American Urban and Suburban History, second edition (Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 2005), 19-34.