Alan Lessoff
R
esearch & Writing

 

Books:
Where Texas Meets the Sea: Corpus Christi and Its History. Austin: University of Texas Press, 2015.

[San Antonio Conservation Society Publication Award, 2017]

editor with Thomas Welskopp. Fractured Modernity: America Confronts Modern Times, 1890s-1940s. München: Oldenbourg Verlag, 2012.

with Catherine Cocks and Peter Holloran. Historical Dictionary of the Progressive Era. Lanham, MD: Scarecrow Press, 2009.

editor with Christof Mauch. Adolf Cluss, Architect: From Germany to America. New York and Washington: Berghahn Books and Historical Society of Washington, D.C., 2005. German edition: Adolf Cluss, Revolutionär und Architekt: Von Heilbronn nach Washington. Heilbronn: Stadtarchiv Heilbronn, 2005. [Henry-Russell Hitchcock Prize, Victorian Society in America, 2006]

with William Otton and Amy Smith Kight. Legacy: A History of the Art Museum of South Texas. Corpus Christi: Art Museum of South Texas, 1997. 

The Nation and Its City: Politics, "Corruption," and Progress in Washington, D.C., 1861-1902. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 1994. [A Choice "Outstanding Academic Book," 1994]

 

Selected Articles and Chapters:
“James Bryce, William T. Stead, and the Trans-Atlantic Meaning of the American City.” International Journal of Regional and Local History 14, n. 2 (Nov. 2019): 76-93.

 

“Art and Architecture.” A Companion to the Gilded Age and Progressive Era. ed. Christopher McKnight Nichols and Nancy C. Unger. Hoboken: Wiley-Blackwell, 2017. Pp. 151-64.

“The Gilded Age City in American Political Discourse and Lore.” Stadt—Macht—Korruption. ed. Jens-Ivo Engels, et al. Stuttgart: Franz Steiner Verlag, 2017. Pp. 143-54.


with James J. Connolly. "From Political Insult to Political Theory: The Boss, the Machine, and the Pluralist City," Journal of Policy History 25, n. 2 (Spring 2013): 139-72.

"Corpus Christi, 1965-2005: A Secondary City's Search for a New Direction," Journal of Urban History 35, n. 1 (Nov. 2008): 108-33.

"Washington, D.C., under Federal Rule, 1871-1945." Berlin-Washington, 1800-2000: Capital Cities, Cultural Representation, and National Identities. Ed. Andreas Daum and Christof Mauch. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2005. Pp. 235-62.

"Harland Bartholomew and Corpus Christi: The Faltering Pursuit of Comprehensive Planning in South Texas," Planning Perspectives 18, n. 2 (April 2003): 197-232.

"Washington-Berlin, 1871-1945: Nation-State, Capital, and Metropolis," Proteus 20, n. 1 (April 2003): 45-52.

"Alexander R. Shepherd: The Haussmannization of Washington." The Human Tradition in Urban America. Ed. Roger Biles. Wilmington: Scholarly Resources, 2002. Pp. 53-69.

"Progress before Modernization: Foreign Interpretations of American Development in James Bryce's Generation," American Nineteenth Century History 1, n. 2 (Summer 2000): 69-96.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 






 

Forthcoming:
"Urban History and the Transnational Perspective,” Yearbook of Transnational History 3, forthcoming 2020.

‘Their morality is that of their surroundings’: American Bossism and the Transatlantic Understanding of Modern Urban Corruption," in Dénoncer les Villes Maudites, ed. Nicolas Maisetti and Cesare Mattina (Lille: Presses Universitaires du Septentrion, 2020).


Current Projects:
Unbuilt Bloomington-Normal: curator of museum exhibition, anticipated 2021, accompanied by digital displays and apps, a book, and an academic article.

The Petroleumscape in the Randstad and along the Texas Coast. Comparative, joint project on petroleum-driven urban regionalism with Prof. Carola Hein, Technische Universiteit Delft. Plans are for two articles, two-three conference presentations, a workshop, and possibly an exhibition.

 “The Gilded Age: Provenance of a Usable Past” and “Lewis Mumford’s Urban History.” Articles built around the historical thought of Van Wyck Brooks and Lewis Mumford.