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Wendy Plotkin <email@example.com>
The dynamics of urban neighborhoods, especially on the issue of race & class.
The use of the Internet in historical studies, especially the placement of primary documents & photograph on the WWW.
|List Affiliations:||Former Reviewer for H-State
Reviewer for H-Urban
|Interests:||African American History / Studies
American History / Studies
Political History / Studies
Research and Methodology
Urban History / Studies
Ph.D., History Department, University of Illinois at Chicago, 1999.
Dissertation: "Deeds of Mistrust: Race, Housing and Restrictive Covenants in Chicago, 1900-1953" (Advisor, Perry Duis)
M.A., Urban and Environmental Policy Department, Tufts University, February, 1987
B.A., History, University of Illinois at Urbana, 1971
Assistant Professor, Department of History, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ, August 2003-June, 2009
Urban Information Officer, Government Documents, University Library, University of Illinois at Chicago, September, September, 2001-June, 2003
Oversee the production of contemporary and historical overviews of 13 counties, approximately 100 cities, villages, and towns, and 77 Chicago community areas in the Chicago-Gary-Kenosha Consolidated Metropolitan Statistical Area (CMSA) for the Local Community Fact Book 2000. The Local Community Fact Book 2000 is the continuation of a series of statistical & narrative overviews of the city of Chicago and the metropolitan region originated by the University of Chicago Department of Sociology in the 1920s. As part of my duties, I created a website as a Local Community Fact Book 2000 Resource Manual for authors of the community narratives.
Project Coordinator, Near West Project, University of Illinois at Chicago, August, 1999-June, 2001
The purpose of the Near West Project was to explore the dynamics of urban life on the Near West Side and other areas adjacent to Hull House in the late 19th and early 20th Century, as part of a website to be made available in 2002. I was responsible for writing, editing, and compiling essays, photographic galleries, maps, and primary textual documents on the historical geography, the African-American community, and the vice district of the Near West Side from 1830 to 1930.
Founder & Editor, H-Urban (On-Line Scholarly H-Net Discussion Network), February, 1993-present
H-Urban (www.h-net.msu.edu/~urban), established in 1993, was the first of the H-Net scholarly forums on history and the humanities, and served as a model for many of those that followed. In 2001, H-Urban announced its on-line Teaching Center (www.h-net.msu.edu/~urban/teach) and Web Links site (www.h-net.msu.edu/~urban/weblinks). The Teaching Center is a comprehensive site offering as its first initiative over one hundred undergraduate urban studies and history syllabi, organized by author, geographical scope, and subject. The Web Links site is an annotated list of urban studies and history sites selected for their scholarly quality by a senior scholar.
As the founder and major editor, I have been responsible for initiating and screening the daily discussion list as well as overseeing the above Web initiatives, especially the Teaching Center.
Co-founder/Associate Director, H-Net (Humanities On-Line), November, 1992-November, 1993
Established at the University of Illinois at Chicago in 1993, H-Net (since moved to Michigan State University) is an umbrella organization for over 100 scholarly Internet forums on history and the humanities.
Founder & Editor, COMM-ORG (H-Urban On-Line Seminar on History of Community Organizing and Community-Based Development), November, 1995-December, 1996 (funded by UIC Great Cities program)
COMM-ORG was an on-line seminar involving periodic presentations of working papers and discussion on the history and practice of community organizing and/or community-based development. Comm Org is now an independent list edited by Randy Stoecker at University of Toledo (http://comm-org.utoledo.edu/).
Research Assistant, Text Encoding Initiative, Computer Center, University of Illinois at Chicago, September 1990-August, 1999
Text Encoding Initiative is an international initiative funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities and other grantors since 1987 to create a standard for the encoding of electronic texts in the humanities. Objectives include encouraging collaborative analysis of texts by scholars, and easy and accurate interchange and use of texts independent of operating system (e.g. DOS, Windows, Unix, Macintosh) and format (Word, Word Perfect, HTML).
Instructor, Dominican University/Rosary College, Spring, 1996 & Fall, 1999 (Taught "American Urban Experience" to upper level undergraduates)
Teaching Assistant, History Department, University of Illinois-Chicago, 1989-90, 1994-1995, U.S. History 19th-20th Century
“Restrictive Covenants,” Encyclopedia of Antisemitism, Anti-Jewish Prejudice and Persecution (Santa Barbara: ABC-Clio, forthcoming)
“Urban Public Policy: A Plague Upon the Cities? [Review Essay] Journal of Urban History 29:6 (September, 2003), 767-777.
"’Hemmed In’: Racial Restrictive Covenants and Deed Restrictions in Chicago in the World War II Era," Journal of the Illinois State Historical Society 94:1 (Spring, 2001), 39-69.
"Rent Control in Chicago After WWII: Politics, People & Controversy," Prologue (Journal of the National Archives and Records Administration) 30:2 (Summer, 1998), 110-123.
"Rent Control," "Kitchenettes," and "City Homes Association." Brief 250 word essays for Encyclopedia of Chicago History (forthcoming, 2003).
(Co-author with Rachel Bratt) "Institutionalizing Community-Based Housing Development: The Boston Housing Partnership," in Rachel Bratt, ed. Rebuilding a Low-Income Housing Policy (Temple University Press, 1989), 290-317.
"Electronic Texts in the Historical Profession: Perspectives from Across the Scholarly Spectrum" in Orville Vernon Burton, ed., Computing in the Social Sciences (Urbana: University of Illinois Press, March, 2003). Available at: http://www.press.uillinois.edu/epub/books/burton/
Review of Carl Smith, "The Great Chicago Fire and the Web of Memory" WWW site, Chicago Historical Society, in The Public Historian, 19:2 (Spring, 1997) (with Perry Duis)
Review of Howard Rheingold, The Virtual Community (Reading, MA: Addison Wesley Publishing Co, 1993), in Journal of American Planning Association (Winter, 1995)
Review of Pennsylvania Gazette CD-ROM (Folio I: 1729-1750) in Journal of American History (March, 1994)