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Adam Arenson

Adam Arenson is an associate professor of history and the director of the urban studies program at Manhattan College. Adam earned his Ph.D. at Yale in 2008, and then taught from 2009 to 2014 at the University of Texas at El Paso. He is the author of The Great Heart of the Republic: St. Louis and the Cultural Civil War (Harvard University Press, 2011), which won the inaugural Charles Redd Center for Western Studies-Phi Alpha Theta Book Award for the best book of western history and was named one of the Best Books of 2011 by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Adam co-edited Frontier Cities: Encounters at the Crossroads of Empire (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2013) with Jay Gitlin and Barbara Berglund, and written history for the wider public in The New York Times Disunion series, The AtlanticThe Washington Post, among other places. He organized a Clements Center colloquium on the Civil War and the American West in 2013-2014, and with Andy Graybill, he is completing a co-edited volume to be published in April 2015 by the University of California Press, in conjunction with a related exhibition at the Autry National Center. In 2013-2014, Adam held a National Endowment for the Humanities fellowship for research on African North Americans, crossing the border between the United States and Canada after the Emancipation Proclamation. He is completing a manuscript about the art, architecture, and urban context of the Home Savings and Loan buildings created by the Millard Sheets Studio, in southern California and beyond. You can learn more about these and other projects at http://adamarenson.com