Department of English, 215 University Hall, 1897 Sheridan Road, Northwestern University, Evanston IL 60208-2040
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Carl Smith is Franklyn Bliss Snyder Professor of English and American Studies and Professor of History, Emeritus, at Northwestern University.  His books include Chicago and the American Literary Imagination, 1880-1920; Urban Disorder and the Shape of Belief:  The Great Chicago Fire, the Haymarket Bomb, and the Model Town of Pullman (second edition, 2007), which was named Best Book in North American Urban History by the Urban History Association; The Plan of Chicago:  Daniel Burnham and the Remaking of the American City (2006), which was awarded the Lewis Mumford Prize for Best Book in American Planning History by the Society for American City and Regional Planning History and was chosen by the Chicago Public Library as the Fall 2009 selection in its “One Book, One Chicago” program; and City Water, City Life:  Water and the Infrastructure of Ideas in Urbanizing Philadelphia, Boston, and Chicago (2013).  All have been published by the University of Chicago Press.  In collaboration with Academic and Research Technologies at Northwestern and the Chicago History Museum, he is author/curator of two major online exhibitions, The Great Chicago Fire and the Web of Memory and The Dramas of Haymarket.  He is one of the founders of the Program in American Studies at Northwestern, which he has served multiple times as director or associate director.  In 1994 he was named Charles Deering McCormick Professor of Teaching Excellence at Northwestern.


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