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Academic writing (refereed)

Selling the World: Public Relations and the Global Expansion of General Motors, 1922–1940.

     Business History Review 92 (Fall 2018): 483–507.


Academic writing (non-refereed)

“‘Power to the Neighborhoods!’: New York City Growth Politics, Neighborhood Liberalism, and the Origins of the Modern

     Housing Crisis.” Meyer Fellowship Paper. Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University. 2024.

“Locking the Gates: Yale University and Police Power in the Postindustrial City, 1959–1976.” In Cops on Campus: Critical

     Perspectives on Policing in Higher Education. Edited by Yalile Suriel, Grace Watkins, Jude Paul Matias Dizon, and John

     Joseph Sloan III. Seattle: University of Washington Press, 2024.


“The South Shall Ride Again: Mass Transit and the Making of Modern Atlanta.” In Urban Infrastructure: Historical and Social

     Dimensions of an Interconnected World. Edited by Joseph Heathcott, Jonathan Soffer, and Rae Zimmerman. Pittsburgh:

     University of Pittsburgh Press, 2022.


Review of Historicizing Infrastructure by Andreas Marklund and Mogens Rüdiger, eds.

     Technology and Culture 59 (Jul. 2018): 791–792.


Review of Jim Crow Terminals: The Desegregation of American Airports by Anke Ortlepp.

     Atlanta Studies (Nov. 2017), online.


“The South Shall Ride Again: The Origins of MARTA and the Making of the Urban South.”

     Yale Historical Review 2 (2013): 37–57.

Academic Writing

Writing for popular audiences

A Few Luxury Condos Are Not the Source of Our Area’s Housing Woes,” [letter to the editor], Boston Globe, Nov. 12, 2023.

What Historic Preservation Is Doing to American Cities,” The Atlantic, May 2, 2022.


The Pandemic Disproved Urban Progressives’ Theory About Gentrification,” The Atlantic, Jan. 2, 2021.


The Post-Planning Pandemic,” Democracy: A Journal of Ideas, Jul. 2, 2020.


Politics Is Failing Mass Transit,” Democracy: A Journal of Ideas, Jan. 29, 2018.

Charlotte’s Transit Among Nation’s Worst,” Charlotte Observer, May 4, 2016.


How a Major in History Gives You the Intangible Edge,” AHA Today, Mar. 28, 2016.

Our Failed Federal Transit Policy,” The Century Foundation, Nov. 20, 2015.

Volkswagen's Punishment: Fix Our Infrastructure,” The Century Foundation, Sep. 25, 2015.


How to Fix New Orleans Transit,” The Century Foundation, Aug. 28, 2015.


Essentials for a New La Guardia” [letter to the editor], New York Times, July 31, 2015.

Chicago Is Making Bike Share Ultra-Cheap for Poor People. Will It Matter?”, The Century Foundation, Jul. 21, 2015.

The Other Debt Crisis,” The Century Foundation, Jul. 2, 2015.


Why Are Oregonians Driving Less?” Newsweek, Jun. 19, 2015.

Magic (Disappearing) Bus,” The Century Foundation, May 27, 2015.

Public Seeks Transparency in Infrastructure Investment,” The Century Foundation, May 7, 2015.

Optimistic for the Future, Obama's Transportation Bill Has No Plan for the Present,” The Century Foundation, Apr. 9, 2015.

Five Takeaways from New Census Bureau Data,” The Century Foundation, Mar. 27, 2015.


Is a Streetcar Still Something to Desire?” [letter to the editor], New York Times, Mar. 20, 2015.


Fool for the City: How We’re Over-Hyping America’s Urban Comeback,The Week, Mar. 5, 2015.


President Obama’s New Infrastructure Plan: Right Idea, Wrong Play Call,” Real Clear Policy, Feb. 3, 2015.

Free Community College Means More Choices, Better Schools,” The Century Foundation, Jan. 30, 2015.


Detroit’s Road to Transit Ruin,” U.S. News & World Report, Jan. 29, 2015.

Will Low Gas Prices Hurt Mass Transit?”, The Week, Jan. 23, 2015.


Look to the Sky,” U.S. News & World Report, Jan. 9, 2015.


How Public Transportation Can Adapt to Suburban Sprawl,” The Week, Jan. 8, 2015.


Good News! More Amtrak Delays,” U.S. News & World Report, Dec. 17, 2014.


Why the GOP Should Support Raising the Gas Tax,” U.S. News & World Report, Nov. 19, 2014.


Austin’s Sustainability Depends on a Transit Solution,” Austin American-Statesman, Nov. 5, 2014.


Bring Back the Earmark,” U.S. News & World Report, Oct. 22, 2014.


New York: Best Mass Transit in the Country?”, Real Clear Policy, Oct. 15, 2014.

Wal-Mart Wants to Open a Bank. Could It Actually Help People?”, The Week, Oct. 2, 2014.

Wanted: A More Aggressive MTA, Part 2,” The Century Foundation, Sep. 3, 2014.

Wait a Minute, Mr. Postman: Why Postal Banking Won't Work,” The Century Foundation, Aug. 27, 2014.

Ferguson Could Happen Anywhere,” The Century Foundation, Aug. 15, 2014.

Wanted: A More Aggressive MTA, Part 1,” The Century Foundation, Aug. 13, 2014.


Trade Short-Haul Air for High Speed Rail and Help the Climate” (with Neil Bhatiya), Fiscal Times, Aug. 10, 2014,

     named one of the Aspen Institute’s “Five Best Ideas of the Day.”

In Defense of the Cheap Subway Ride,” The Century Foundation, Aug. 6, 2014.


You Know What Deserves a Big Fat Tax? Bottled Water,” The Week, Aug. 5, 2014.

The Federal Transit Administration: I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change,” The Century Foundation, Jul. 15, 2014.

The North Coast's Hub Problem,” The Century Foundation, Feb. 25, 2014.

A False Start for the Transit Bowl,” The Century Foundation, Feb. 3, 2014.

'Super Pass' Not Super for Public Transit,” The Century Foundation, Jan. 30, 2014.

Defeating Detroit's Morale Problem,” The Century Foundation, Jan. 14, 2014.

A Transportation Debate, Derailed,” The Century Foundation, Dec. 19, 2013.

A Streetcar Named Disaster,” The Century Foundation, Dec. 10, 2013.

Regional Planning for the Future of Cities,” The Century Foundation, Nov. 12, 2013.

Three Transportation Issues for New York City's Next Mayor,The Century Foundation, Nov. 5, 2013.

European Pipeline Navigates around Russia,” The Century Foundation, Oct. 29, 2013.

Maxing Out on Transit,” The Century Foundation, Sep. 30, 2013.

A Twenty-First Century Transit,” The Century Foundation, Sep. 20, 2013.

Purple Haze,” The Century Foundation, Aug. 12, 2013.

Don't Mess with Texas,” The Century Foundation, Aug. 5, 2013.

Livin' on the Edge: La Défense, Chengu, Fairfax County,” The Century Foundation, Jul. 31, 2013.

Reinventing Detroit,” The Century Foundation, Jul. 22, 2013.


Gone Galt,” Real Clear Policy, Jul. 11, 2013.

You Can Have the Bang, We'll Keep the Buck,” The Century Foundation, Jul. 3, 2013.

Your Airport Wait Times Could Get Much Longer,” The Century Foundation, Jun. 28, 2013.

Brazil's Protests over Transit Fare Hikes Illustrate the Dangers of Income Inequality,” The Century Foundation, Jun. 21, 2013.


Tunnel Plan Is a Road Map to Bloc’s Woes,” Wall Street Journal, Aug. 10, 2012.


Europe’s Smoking Problem,” Wall Street Journal [Real Time Brussels blog], Jul. 17, 2012.


Draining the EU Wine Surplus,” Wall Street Journal [Real Time Brussels blog], Jun. 14, 2012.


Shedding Light into the EU,” Wall Street Journal [Real Time Brussels blog], Jun. 8, 2012.


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