Dept of American Studies, UH-313
800 N. State College Blvd
Fullerton, CA 92831
Office Address: UH-412
Elaine Margaret Lewinnek
professor of American Studies
2005, Ph.D, Yale University
Urban history, including the history of suburbs in Chicago and Orange County, California history, theories of cultural studies, and public memory.
Courses Regularly Taught
- AMST 101 , Online Introduction to American Cultural Studies
- AMST 201, Introduction to American Studies
- AMST 345, The American Dream
- AMST 350, Theory and Methods of American Studies
- AMST 395, California's Cultural History
- AMST 401T, Research Seminar in Suburban Culture
- AMST 401T, Research Seminar in Stories of Los Angeles
- AMST 444, The Built Environment
selected Blog posts and popular history
Elaine Lewinnek and Tom Zoellner, "Seeing Orange County," Boom California
Ryan Reft, Elaine Lewinnek, and Thuy Vo Dang, "Forthcoming People's Guide Unpeels Orange County History," KCET
Elaine Lewinnek, "First Drafts of History," Public Seminar
Some reviews of my first book, The Working Man's Reward: Chicago's Early Suburbs and the Roots of American Sprawl (Oxford University Press, 2014):
- Bill Savage, "Review: The Working Man's Reward by Elaine Lewinnek" Chicago Tribune (Dec 31, 2014)
- Urban History Podcast #4: Elaine Lewinnek with Andrew Needham and Lily Geismer
- "Hot Off the Presses" blog post for the Urban History Association
- “On the 95th Anniversary of the Chicago Race Riots,” blog post for Oxford University Press
- "How Chicago Invented the Suburbs," Q&A with Whet Moser, Chicago Magazine
Elaine Lewinnek, Gustavo Arellano, and Thuy Vo Dang, A People’s Guide to Orange County (under contract at University of California Press).
Elaine Lewinnek, The Working Man's Reward: Chicago's Early Suburbs and the Roots of American Sprawl (Oxford University Press, 2014)
“Social Studies Controversies in 1960s California: The Fight for Public Memory and the Rise of the New Right,” Pacific Historic Review (Feb. 2015).
“The New Metropolitan History,” commentary for special section of Journal of Urban History (Jan. 2014), pages 3-5.
“‘I Consider It Un-American Not to Have a Mortgage’: Historic Perspective on the Housing Crisis” in Peter Paik and Mary Wiesner-Hanks, ed.s, Debt: Ethics, the Environment, and the Economy (Indianapolis: Indiana University Press, 2013).
“Mapping Chicago, Imagining Metropolises: Reconsidering the Zonal Model of Urban Growth” Journal of Urban History 36 (March 2010), pages 197-295.
“The Kaweah Co-operative Commonwealth and the Contested Nature of Sequoia National Park,” cover story in Southern California Quarterly 89:2 (Summer 2007), pages 141-167.
“Better than a Bank for a Poor Man?: Home Financing in Chicago, 1870-1930” Journal of Urban History volume 32 (December 2006), pages 274-301.
Vary every semester. Email me to make an appointment.