Timothy J. Lombardo
- B.A., Temple University
- M.A., Temple University
- Ph.D., Purdue University
Dr. Timothy J. Lombardo joined the USA History Department in August 2015 and teaches courses in modern US history, American urban history, and recent US history.
Born and raised in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, he spent his formative years in his hometown and remains a Philadelphian at heart. He earned both his Bachelors and Masters Degrees at Temple University before leaving the City of Brotherly Love for small-town Indiana to pursue a Ph.D. in American history at Purdue University. After finishing his doctorate, Dr. Lombardo spent several years as a quasi-nomadic academic in the Midwest, where lived for short spells in Indianapolis and Grand Rapids, Michigan and taught history at Indiana University-Purdue University at Indianapolis and Grand Valley State University.
Dr. Lombardo’s hometown mind as he followed his academic career from one new strange place to another. In 2018, he published Blue-Collar Conservatism: Frank Rizzo’s Philadelphia and Populist Politics as part of their Politics and Culture in Modern America book series. Combining his interests in modern American urban, social, and political history, his first book focuses on the white ethnic and working-class supporters of Frank Rizzo—Philadelphia’s controversial police commissioner turned mayor in the 1960s and 1970s—and their engagement with the interwoven politics of law enforcement, school desegregation, affirmative action, and open housing. His work on modern American urban and political history has also appeared in the Journal of Urban History, the Journal of Social History, the Journal of American History, as well as The Washington Post.
Dr. Lombardo is continuing his work on the confluence of urban and political history in a new book project on the effect of the craft beer industry on recent urban redevelopment. Tentatively titled “Beer Cities: How Craft Brewing Remade Urban America,” Dr. Lombardo won a Summer Stipend from the National Endowment for the Humanities to support this research into the process of urban renewal and gentrification through private, small-business revitalization.
- Blue-Collar Conservatism: Frank Rizzo's Philadelphia and Populist Politics (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2018).
Articles and Chapters
- “African American Politics in Frank Rizzo’s Philadelphia,” in James Wolfinger, ed., African American Politics in the City of Brotherly Love (Temple University Press, forthcoming).
- Foreword to Zane L. Miller, Suburb: Neighborhood and Community in Forest Park, Ohio, 1935 – 1975, revised edition (Cincinnati: Commonwealth Books, 2016).
- “The Battle of Whitman Park: Race, Class, and Public Housing in Philadelphia, 1956 – 1982,” Journal of Social History (Winter 2013) 47 (2): 401 – 428.
- “Envisioning Philadelphia: The Politics of Civic Identity in the City of Brotherly Love,” Journal of Urban History, forthcoming.
- “Making Urban Citizens: Civility and Civic Virtue in the Modern Metropolis,” Journal of Urban History, (January 2015) 4 (1): 143 – 151.
- With Brandon M. Ward, “More Than Backlash: Rethinking Working Class Politics and the Fall of the New Deal Order” Politics, Groups, and Identities (March 2014) 2 (1): 135 – 146.
- HY 136 U.S. History Since 1877
- HY 312 America in the Sixties
- HY 390 The Urban Crucible: Cities and Suburbs in Modern America
- HY 390 Divided We Stand: The United States Since 1974
- HY 437 U.S. Since 1945
- HY 441 Modern U.S. History Research Seminar
- HY 590 Modern American Political History