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The Subway of the Future?

In a December CNN article, Clifton Hood, the George E. Paulsen ’49 Professor of American History and Government, weighs in on the import and feasibility of tech billionaire Elon Musk’s new venture, the Boring Company, which recently unveiled plans for a 60-mile underground transportation system in Los Angeles.

“It’s refreshing that somebody has this idea,” Hood explains in “Can Elon Musk make subway tunnels cool again?” “It’s been about 100 years since anyone thought about doing this. But it sounds like a fantasy.”

Hood is the author of “722 Miles: The Building of the Subways and How they Transformed New York” and, most recently, “In Pursuit of Privilege: The Upper Class and the Making of New York City, since 1753.”

A member of the HWS faculty since 1992, Hood holds a bachelor’s degree summa cum laude from Washington University and a master’s and doctorate from Columbia University. His main fields of study include elites, New York City, historical memory, and mass transit. His courses focus on American urban history, elites in America, U.S. environmental history and U.S. ethnicity and immigration. He served previously as senior Fulbright Lecturer in Seoul National University in Korea.