|Guggenheim Fellowship (1998)
|Columbia University (BA, PhD)
|Loyola University Chicago
Timothy J. Gilfoyle is an American historian from New York who is a professor of history at Loyola University Chicago,where he teaches American urban and social history.
He gained a B.A. in 1979,followed by a Ph.D. in history at Columbia University in 1987. He is the former president of the Urban History Association (2015–16).
His academic research is mainly concerned with the evolution of 19th-century underworld subcultures and informal economies.
Gilfoyle is a Guggenheim Fellow (1998–99) and a senior fellow at the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of American History (1997).
He is an elected fellow of the Society of American Historians (2011) and the American Antiquarian Society (2007).
The following are some of Gilfoyle's books:
In politics and government,a spoils system is a practice in which a political party,after winning an election,gives government jobs to its supporters,friends (cronyism),and relatives (nepotism) as a reward for working toward victory,and as an incentive to keep working for the party—as opposed to a merit system,where offices are awarded on the basis of some measure of merit,independent of political activity.
Gangs of New York is a 2002 American historical drama film directed by Martin Scorsese and written by Jay Cocks,Steven Zaillian and Kenneth Lonergan,based on Herbert Asbury's 1927 book The Gangs of New York. The film stars Leonardo DiCaprio,Daniel Day-Lewis and Cameron Diaz,with Jim Broadbent,John C. Reilly,Henry Thomas,Stephen Graham,Eddie Marsan and Brendan Gleeson in supporting roles.
Sing Sing Correctional Facility,formerly Ossining Correctional Facility,is a maximum-security prison operated by the New York State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision in the village of Ossining,New York. It is about 30 miles (48 km) north of New York City on the east bank of the Hudson River. It holds about 1,700 inmates and housed the execution chamber for the State of New York until the abolition of capital punishment in New York in 2004.
Gotham:A History of New York City to 1898 is a non-fiction book by historians Edwin G. Burrows and Mike Wallace. Based on over twenty years of research,it was published in 1998 by Oxford University Press and won the 1999 Pulitzer Prize for History. A follow-up volume,Greater Gotham:A History of New York City from 1898 to 1919,written by Wallace,was published in 2017 and covered New York City history for the following 20 years. Initial plans were to have the second volume's timeline go through World War II,but due to the amount of material,an upcoming third volume should cover the period from 1920 until 1945.
Herbert Asbury was an American journalist and writer best known for his books detailing crime during the 19th and early-20th centuries,such as Gem of the Prairie:An Informal History of the Chicago Underworld,The Barbary Coast:An Informal History of the San Francisco Underworld,Sucker's Progress:An Informal History of Gambling in America and The Gangs of New York.
Clinton Correctional Facility is a New York State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision maximum security state prison for men located in the Village of Dannemora,New York. The prison is sometimes colloquially referred to as Dannemora,although its name is derived from its location in Clinton County,New York. The southern perimeter wall of the prison borders New York State Route 374. Church of St. Dismas,the Good Thief,a church built by inmates,is located within the walls. The prison is sometimes referred to as New York's Little Siberia, due to the cold winters in Dannemora and the isolation of the upstate area. It is the largest maximum security prison and the third oldest prison in New York. The staff includes about a thousand officers and supervisors.
Helen Lefkowitz Horowitz is an American historian and the Sydenham Clark Parsons Professor of American Studies and History,emerita,at Smith College.
Julia Brown was an American madam and prostitute active in mid-nineteenth century New York City. Brown has been described as "the best-known prostitute in antebellum America". Brown was known for playing the piano in her brothel and for being a guest at functions hosted by the best families in New York. She also had season ticket to two theaters,paid for pews in various churches and contributed generously to local bible societies. She became a popular subject of tourist guidebooks,and her name appears often in diaries from the period.
Lizabeth Cohen is the current Howard Mumford Jones Professor of American Studies in the History Department at Harvard University,as well as a Harvard University Distinguished Service Professor. From 2011-2018 she served as the Dean of Harvard's Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study. Currently,she teaches courses in 20th-century America,with a focus on urbanism,the built environment,and public history. She has also served as the Chair of the History Department at Harvard,director of the undergraduate program in history,and director of the Charles Warren Center for Studies in American History,among other administrative duties.
Timothy David Snyder is an American historian specializing in the modern history of Central and Eastern Europe,who is the Richard C. Levin Professor of History at Yale University and a permanent fellow at the Institute for Human Sciences in Vienna. He has written several books,including the best-sellers Bloodlands:Europe Between Hitler and Stalin and On Tyranny:Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century. An expert on the Holocaust,Snyder is on the Committee on Conscience of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. He is also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.
Thomas J. Sugrue is an American historian of the 20th-century United States at New York University. From 1991 to 2015,he was the David Boies Professor of History and Sociology at the University of Pennsylvania and founding director of the Penn Social Science and Policy Forum. His areas of expertise include American urban history,American political history,housing and the history of race relations. He has published extensively on the history of liberalism and conservatism,on housing and real estate,on poverty and public policy,on civil rights,and on the history of affirmative action.
Sven Beckert is Laird Bell Professor of American History at Harvard University,where he teaches the history of the United States in the nineteenth century,and global history. With Christine A. Desan,he is the co-director of the Program on the Study of Capitalism at Harvard University.
Mae Ngai is an American historian and Lung Family Professor of Asian American Studies and Professor of History at Columbia University. She focuses on nationalism,citizenship,ethnicity,immigration,and race in 20th-century United States history.
The Baxter Street Dudes was a New York teenage street gang,consisting of former newsboys and bootblacks,who ran the Grand Duke's Theatre from the basement of a dive bar on Baxter Street during the 1870s. Led by founder Baby-Face Willie,gang members operated the Grand Duke's Theatre and established the venue as their headquarters. Members of the Baxter Street Dudes wrote and performed plays,musicals and variety shows which were enjoyed by other street toughs and slummers throughout the city. The theater house eventually became a popular underworld hangout,from which the gang found financial success.
The green goods scam,also known as the "green goods game",was a fraud scheme popular in the 19th-century United States in which people were duped into paying for worthless counterfeit money. It is a variation on the pig-in-a-poke scam using money instead of other goods like a pig.
Robert Eric Wright is a business,economic,financial,and monetary historian and the inaugural Rudy and Marilyn Nef Family Chair of Political Economy at Augustana University in Sioux Falls,South Dakota. He is also a research economist at the National Bureau of Economic Research.
Richard R. John,Jr. is an American historian who specializes in the history of business,technology,communications,and the state. He is a professor of history and communications at Columbia University.
The Flash Press:Sporting Male Weeklies in 1840s New York is a book written by Patricia Cline Cohen,Timothy J. Gilfoyle,and Helen Lefkowitz Horowitz,in association with the American Antiquarian Society,about the sexual underground of 1840s New York City.
George Washington Appo was a pickpocket and fraudster whose manner of speech in a testimony became influential in depictions of criminals. George himself wrote an autobiography,unpublished,and became the subject of a book.
Kali Nicole Gross is an American historian. She is an African American Studies professor at Emory University. She is also a Distinguished Lecturer of the Organization of American Historians,and the 2019–2021 National Publications Director of the Association of Black Women Historians. She is an expert on the experiences of African American women in the United States criminal justice system in the late 1800s and early 1900s. She has written about how these experiences reflect the roles of race and gender in late nineteenth-century urban America,particularly Philadelphia.