The Office of the Provost is pleased to announce the appointment of Elliott J. Gorn, PhD, the new Joseph A. Gagliano Chair in Urban History in the College and Arts and Sciences. Loyola is thrilled to welcome Dr. Gorn to our University community beginning fall 2012.

Dr. Gorn’s distinguished record of scholarship, excellence in teaching, and student mentorship reflects his interest in urban and American culture, particularly the history of various social groups in American cities since 1800. Currently a professor of history and American civilization at Brown University, he has also served as chair of the Department of American Civilization.

Dr. Gorn’s work is interdisciplinary and intersects with numerous other fields, including American studies, African-American studies, ethnic studies, gender and women’s studies, and urban studies. His four major books examine various aspects of urban life and city cultures in the 19th– and 20th-century United States, including Dillinger’s Wild Ride: The Year That Made America’s Public Enemy Number One (2009); Mother Jones: The Most Dangerous Woman in America (2001); A Brief History of American Sports, co-authored with Warren Goldstein (1993; reissued 2004); and The Manly Art: Bare-Knuckle Prize Fighting in America (1986; 2nd edition, 2010). Dr. Gorn has also edited another eight volumes and published and reprinted more than 50 articles in a wide variety of scholarly and media publications.

The Gagliano Chair is named for Joseph A. Gagliano, professor emeritus of history, who served on Loyola’s faculty for more than 30 years. A historian of Latin America, Professor Gagliano also served in a number of administrative roles during his tenure, including chair of the Department of History and associate dean of The Graduate School.

Dr. Gorn received a BA and MA from the University of California, Berkeley, and his PhD from Yale University. He is the recipient of the Miami University Distinguished Educator Award, and he has served as the Fulbright Bicentennial Chair in North American Studies at the University of Helsinki, Finland; the Los Angeles Times Distinguished Fellow at the Huntington Library; a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellow; a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellow at the Newberry Library; and a Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation Fellow.

Provost John Pelissero would like to thank the members of the search committee for their work associated with this position. Please join him in congratulating Dr. Gorn on his appointment and in welcoming him to the Loyola community.