Adjunct Professor and Research Associate
Ph.D.: Carnegie Mellon University, 1994
Department Member Since: 2004
Dr. Day is an urban and environmental historian whose work has focused on housing policy, real estate management, and the social history of landlords, business associations and the private housing market from the mid-nineteenth century to the 1960s. Dr. Day has also examined the social evolution of poor, working-class, and African American neighborhoods in the twentieth century with special emphasis on New York City and Pittsburgh. In addition, he has explored a wide range of environmental issues using both historical and public policy approaches. These issues include studies of the development of brownfield programs, toxic waste, clean water and feedlot and slaughterhouse regulations. Before joining the faculty, Dr. Day was the librarian and research coordinator for the Hotel Restaurant Employees International Union in Washington DC and a private historical consultant investigating large-scale toxic waste cites for a range of clients including the US Department of Justice.
Dr. Day’s most recent study was a co-authored work (with Joe W. Trotter) on the recent history of Pittsburgh’s African American community called Race and Renaissance: African Americans in Pittsburgh Since World War II (2010).
- Race and Renaissance: African Americans in Pittsburgh Since World War II (co-authored with Joe W. Trotter). Pittsburgh, PA: University of Pittsburgh Press, 2010.
- Urban Castles: Tenement Housing and Landlord Activism in New York City, 1890-1943. NY: Columbia University Press, 1999.
- "The Landlady and the Bachelor: A Tale of Gotham,” (co-authored with Timothy Haggerty) Seaport: New York City's History Magazine (Spring, 2005).
- “Credit, Capital and Community: Informal Banking in Turn-of-the-Century Immigrant Communities in the United States, 1880-1924,” Financial History Review (April, 2002).
- “’Swill Milk’ Revisited: The Economic and Environmental Geography of the Dairy Business in New York City, 1830-1875,” under review for The Liquid Animal, an anthology edited by Paula Lee to be published by the University Press of New England.
- “Butchers, Tanners, and Tallow Chandlers: The Geography of Slaughtering in Early Nineteenth-Century New York City,” in the journal, Food and History (Spring, 2007), and in Making Meat: Animal Slaughter and Modern Sensibilities, edited by Paula Lee, University Press of New England. 2008.
- “Clean Sites and Toxic Burdens: The Evolution and Legacy of New Jersey’s Mandatory Toxic Waste Cleanup Program, 1976-1993," (co-authored with Lisa Johnson) Journal of Policy History (Summer, 2004).
- “Benefits of Arsenic Decision Ripple Beyond the Usual Drinking Water Stakeholders,” published by Inside Washington Publishers in Risk Policy Report (May, 2001), Superfund Report (April 16, 2001), and Water Policy Report (April 23, 2001).
- “Safe Drinking Water - Safe Sites: Interaction Between the Safe Drinking Water Act and the Superfund, 1968-1995,” in Improving Regulation: Cases in Environment, Health and Safety, edited by Paul Fischbeck and Scott Farrow. Washington DC: Resources for the Future, 2001.
- Book Reviews
- Timothy J. Gilfoyle’s A Pickpocket’s Tale: The Underworld of Nineteenth-Century New York in the Journal of Social History (June, 2008).
- Gerald Markowitz and David Rosner’s Deceit and Denial: The Deadly Politics of Industrial Pollution in the Journal of Interdisciplinary History (forthcoming, Spring, 2005).
- Sara Wermiel’s The Fireproof Building: Technology and Public Safety in the Nineteenth-Century City in the Journal of Economic History (March, 2002).
- Christian Warren’s Brush with Death: A Social History of Lead Poisoning in The Journal of American History 88(3) 2001.
- Craig Steven Wilder’s A Covenant with Color: Race and Social Power in Brooklyn in The Journal of Social History (May, 2001).
- John D. Wirth’s Smelter Smoke in North America: The Politics of Transborder Pollution in Environmental History (April, 2001), pp. 315-316.
- Encyclopedia and Dictionary articles
- “Phillip A. Peyton, Jr. [Early twentieth-century African-American Realtor of Harlem]” The Encyclopedia of African American History, (Joe W. Trotter, ed.) Facts on File, forthcoming, 2010.
- “Public Housing,” “Swill Milk,” and “Great Migration” entries for The Encyclopedia of New York City, edited by Kenneth T. Jackson. 2nd edition, 2010.
- “Tenements,” “George H.W. Bush,” and “Stockyards and Meatpacking” entries for The Encyclopedia of American Environmental History, edited by Kathleen Brosnan, 2010.
- “New York City,” The Dictionary of American History edited by Stanley Kutler. NY: Scribner’s, 2003.
- “Phillip A. Peyton, Jr.” The American National Biography, edited by John Garraty. NY: Oxford University Press, 1999.
- “Landlord Organizations,” in American Cities and Suburbs: An Encyclopedia, edited by Neil Shumsky. NY: ABC-Clio, 1998.
- “The Police,” in The Encyclopedia of Social History, edited by Peter Stearns. NY: Garland, 1994.
|20th Century America
|America’s Worst Hard Time: Perspectives on the Great Depression
|Environmental History and Politics Since Silent Spring
|Recent U.S. History 1945-Present
|History of American Urban Life