J Mark Souther (Mark), Ph.D.
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 Title: Professor
Director, Center for Public History + Digital Humanities
 Dept: History
 Office: RT 1310
 Phone: 216-687-3970
 Email: M.SOUTHER@csuohio.edu
 Web: http://marksouther.clevelandhistory.org
 Address: 2121 Euclid Ave. RT 1310, Cleveland, OH 44115

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Research Keywords:
20th-century U.S., urban history, suburban history, Cleveland history, planning history, tourism, historic preservation, public history, oral history, digital humanities
 
Education:
Ph.D., History, Tulane University, 2002
M.A., History, University of Richmond, 1996
B.A., History, Furman University, 1994
 
Brief Bio:
Mark Souther specializes in 20th-century United States and urban history, currently focusing on urban decline and revitalization and perceptions of metropolitan change. Professor Souther is the author of New Orleans on Parade: Tourism and the Transformation of the Crescent City (Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 2006, paperback + ebook 2013) and co-editor (with Nicholas Dagen Bloom) of American Tourism: Constructing a National Tradition (Chicago: Center for American Places; University of Chicago Press, 2012). His newest book, Believing in Cleveland: Managing Decline in 'The Best Location in the Nation,'" is forthcoming from Temple University Press in late 2017.  

Souther's recent scholarship on postwar Cleveland also includes articles that examine urban image campaigns in the 1960s-70s (Journal of Urban History), the failure to build a downtown subway in the 1950s (Journal of Planning History), and University Circle ed-med institutions' role in urban renewal (Journal of Planning History). He has also recently completed a book chapter on Jewish suburbanization in Cleveland in the 1930s-70s for a new volume called The Jews of Cleveland.

His previous scholarship on New Orleans appears in Planning Perspectives, Journal of American History, Journal of Urban History, and Louisiana History articles, and in chapters in Janet Allured and Michael Martin, eds., Louisiana Legacies: Readings in the History of the Pelican State (Wiley-Blackwell, 2013) and Richard D. Starnes, ed., Southern Journeys: Tourism and Culture in the Modern South (University of Alabama Press, 2003).

Professor Souther is Director of the Center for Public History + Digital Humanities. Among the Center's projects is Curatescape, a mobile framework for publishing location-based humanities content that has been adopted by more than 40 organizations internationally. Souther was the PI for the NEH Digital Humanities Start-Up Grant "Curating Kisumu: Adapting Mobile Humanities Interpretation in East Africa," a project partnership that is ongoing with Maseno University in western Kenya. The project website is available at http://macleki.org. He also directs Cleveland Historical, the pilot app in the Curatescape project that curates Greater Cleveland through richly layered digital storytelling informed by scholarship, the Cleveland Regional Oral History Collection (CROHC), which now encompasses some 1,100 interviews, Cleveland Voices, a showcase of oral history highlights from CROHC, and other public historical projects. Souther also directs the History Department's Internships program and serves on the Cleveland Heights Landmark Commission.

Souther is co-chair of the Local Arrangements Committee for the Society of American City and Regional Planning History (SACRPH) conference meeting in Cleveland on October 26-29, 2017.

He is a native of Gainesville, Georgia, and lives in Cleveland Heights, where he wrote two successful National Register nominations, including Grant Deming's Forest Hill Historic District in 2010 and the Mayfield Heights Historic District in 2015.

View Professor Souther's Curriculum Vitae.
 
Honors and Awards:
Technology Commercialization Award, Ohio Faculty Council, 2016 (for Curatescape) - with CPHDH
Golden Apple Award, Young Alumni Council of CSU Alumni Association, 2014
Best Mobile App, eTech Ohio, 2011 (for Cleveland Historical) - with CPHDH
Outstanding Public History Project (Honorable Mention), NCPH, 2011 (for Cleveland Historical) - with CPHDH
Outstanding Public History Award, Ohio Academy of History, 2011 (for Euclid Corridor) - with CPHDH
Gulf South History Book Award, 2006 (for New Orleans on Parade)
Kemper and Leila Williams Prize in Louisiana History, 2006 (for New Orleans on Parade)
ForeWord Magazine Big Ten Books from University Presses, 2006 (for New Orleans on Parade)
Hugh F. Rankin Prize in Louisiana History, 2001 (for "Making the 'Birthplace of Jazz'")
 
Research Interests:
20th century United States, public history, digital humanities, urban and suburban, political, social, cultural, tourism
 
Teaching Areas:
20th century United States, public history, urban history, tourism