Margaret Garb, MA, PhD

Professor, Department of History, Arts & Sciences and Co-Director, Prison Education
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built environment, community-engaged research & practice, cultural diversity, housing & homelessness, policy, poverty, racial & ethnic minorities, socioeconomic status, transdisciplinary & team science, urban health, women's health

Dr. Garb works on the history of American cities with close attention to property relations, housing, and labor. Her work explores social reform efforts, including tenement reformers, housing advocates, public health campaigns, and urban political struggles in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Dr. Garb’s work also looks at the relationship among politics, urban space, and class and racial demographics. She is writing a history of poverty in America from the Civil War to the Reagan years. In addition, Dr. Garb is working on a social history of urban planning in the early twentieth century.