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Loyola University Chicago American Urban
History Professor Named to Prestigious Society
Elliott J. Gorn Elected to The Society of American Historians
CHICAGO, May 29, 2013 – Elliott J. Gorn, the Joseph A. Gagliano Chair in American Urban History at Loyola University Chicago, has been elected to The Society of American Historians. Gorn is among a small and select number of authors nominated this year by the prestigious society. His appointment was made official at the society’s annual awards dinner on May 20.
The Society of American Historians was founded in 1939 by journalist and historian Allan Nevins and several fellow authors to identify and celebrate distinguished writing about United States history across a wide range of genres. Membership is by election only—limited to 250 historians and 16 publishers—and includes scholars, essayists, biographers, journalists, novelists, filmmakers, and others who have demonstrated their commitment to the concept of literary distinction in the writing or presentation of history.
“To say that I am honored is an understatement. I’ve read and admired the work of so many members over the years. And, I’m doubly humbled to be included on a list of new fellows that includes people like filmmaker John Sayles and novelist Junot Diaz,” says Gorn. “Above all, I deeply admire the mission of the society—to encourage not only scholarly history, but also artful and lively presentations of the past.”
Gorn joined the Loyola faculty in 2012 and has a distinguished record of scholarship, publication, and excellence in teaching and student mentorship. His major books examine various aspects of urban life in the 19th- and 20th-century United States and include Dillinger’s Wild Ride: The Year That Made America’s Public Enemy Number One, Mother Jones: The Most Dangerous Woman in America, A Brief History of American Sports (co-authored with Warren Goldstein), and The Manly Art: Bare-Knuckle Prize Fighting in America. Gorn has also published and reprinted more than 50 articles in a wide variety of scholarly and media publications, including the American Historical Review, Journal of American History, Harper’s Magazine, Le Monde Diplomatique, and Slate.
Gorn has also held a number of scholarly positions, including appointments as the Fulbright bicentennial chair in American studies at the University of Helsinki (2009–10) and the Los Angeles Times distinguished fellow at the Huntington Library (2005–06).
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