Dr. Steven Conn

Steven Conn

W.E. Smith Professor of History

273 Upham Hall
Office hours Fall 2020: M 2-4 F2F - email for appointment


  • PhD University of Pennsylvania
  • BA Yale University

Teaching and Research Interests

  • American cultural and intellectual history
  • Public history
  • Urban history

Courses Recently Taught

  • HST 369 U.S. in the Modern Era
  • HST 670N Graduate Colloquium in Modern U.S. History

Selected Publications

  • Co-Editor, Origins: Current Events in Historical Perspective (online magazine)
  • Nothing Succeeds Like Failure: The Sad History of American Business Schools (Cornell University Press, 2019)
  • Americans Against the City: Anti-Urbanism in the Twentieth Century, Oxford University Press, 2014
  • Editor, To Promote the General Welfare: The Case for Big Government, Oxford University Press, 2012
  • "Back to the Garden: Communes, the Environment and Anti-Urban Pastoralism at the End of the Sixties," Journal of Urban History, November 2010
  • Do Museums Still Need Objects? University of Pennsylvania Press, 2010
  • Metropolitan Philadelphia: Living in the Presence of the Past, University of Pennsylvania Press, 2006

Work in Progress