Clifton Hood, professor of history, had the opportunity to present his paper titled, “Learning to be Upper Class: Social Construction in New York City’s Murray Hill Neighborhood c. 1870-1910” at the Urban History Association’s conference in Las Vegas on Oct. 23.
Hood’s paper featured part of his current book project on a cultural history of New York City’s upper class.
In addition to presenting his paper, Hood organized and moderated a panel discussion on the scholarship of Joel A. Tarr, a pioneering urban environmental historian from Carnegie Mellon University who was one of Hood’s mentors.
Hood, who joined the HWS faculty in 1992, holds a bachelor’s degree from Washington College, and his master’s and doctorate from Columbia University. He is the author of “722 Miles: The Building of the Subways and How They Transformed New York,” which was released in a new paperback edition in 2004. A chapter from 722 Miles has also been excerpted in “The American Urban Reader: History and Theory,” edited by Steven H. Corey and Lisa Kissoff Boehm (Routledge 2010). Hood is currently writing a book, “Making and Unmaking New York: The Rise and Fall of the City’s Economic Elites, 1754 to the Present.”
The Urban History Association was founded in Cincinnati in 1988 for the purpose of stimulating interest and forwarding research and study in the history of the city in all periods and geographical areas. It is affiliated with the International Planning History Society. The Association supports a variety of activities to enhance the visibility of the study of the history of the city.