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GILFOYLE, Timothy J.

Title/s: Professor

Office #: Crown Center 511

Phone: 773.508.2232

E-mail: tgilfoy@luc.edu

CV Link: Gilfoyle CV


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.  He is the former president of the Urban History Association (2015-16).  Gilfoyle's 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);  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 more than 100 articles and reviews 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 Lilia Fernandez, Becky Nicolaides, and Amanda Seligman) of the "Historical Studies in Urban America" series of the University of Chicago Press, and has served on the editorial boards for New York HistoryThe Encyclopedia of New York City (Yale University Press, 1995; second edition, 2010), The Encyclopedia of Chicago History (University of Chicago Press, 2004), and the online Oxford Research Encyclopedia of American History.

Gilfoyle is a trustee of the Chicago History Museum (formerly the Chicago Historical Society) and a member of the executive board of the Society of American Historians. He was previously a member of the board of directors for the Chicago Metro History Education Center (1996-2016). 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 HistorySmithsonian 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) and the American Antiquarian Society (2007).

He also leads the Midnight Bike Ride, a semesterly historical bicycle tour of Chicago.

Research Interests

United States, urban history, history of sexuality, American social history.

Courses Taught

Fall 2018

History 103: American Pluralism
History 386: Creation of the American Metropolis

Spring 2019
History 212: American Civilization Since the Civil War, 1865-2019
History 460: American Urban History

‌Other Courses:
History 103H: Modern Western Civilizations: American Pluralism
History 103W: Modern Western Civilizations: American Pluralism
History 111: American Civilization before the Civil War, 1000-1865
History 212: American Civilization Since the Civil War, 1865-2016
History 291: Junior Colloquium: The City in American History
History 300: Building Metropolis-A Social History of American Urban Architecture
History 386: American Urban History
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 StatesHistory 398D: History of Sexuality in the United States  MOVE THIS TO "OTHER COURSES"
History 450: Readings in Nineteen-Century U.S. History
History 460: American Urban and Cultural History
History 558: Seminar in American Social and Cultural History, 1600-2012

Selected Publications

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.