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.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 U.S., urban, and public history. Professor Souther is the author of Believing in Cleveland: Managing Decline in 'The Best Location in the Nation,'" (Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 2017) and New Orleans on Parade: Tourism and the Transformation of the Crescent City (Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 2006, 2013), which won the Kemper & Leila Williams Prize from the Historic New Orleans Collection and Louisiana Historical Association and the Michael Thomason Gulf South History Book Award from the Gulf South Historical Association. He is co-editor (with Nicholas Dagen Bloom) of American Tourism: Constructing a National Tradition (Chicago: Center for American Places; University of Chicago Press, 2012). His next book project focuses on Georgia's Fall Line cities of Augusta, Macon, and Columbus from Reconstruction to the present.

In addition to books, Souther has published a number of scholarly articles and essays. He has a forthcoming essay titled "Urban Tourism in the U.S. since 1800" in the Oxford Research Encyclopedia of American History. His scholarship on Cleveland may be found in the Journal of Urban History (2015) and Journal of Planning History (2011 and 2015), and he has an essay titled "Jewish Suburbanization and Jewish Presence in 'The City without Jews'" currently in peer review for an anthology, The Jews of Cleveland. Souther's scholarship on New Orleans appears in articles in Planning Perspectives (2008), Journal of American History (2007), Journal of Urban History (2003), and Louisiana History (2003), 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 nearly 50 organizations internationally. Souther is the PI, and co-director with Meshack Owino, for the 2017-18 NEH Digital Humanities Advancement Grant "Curating East Africa: A Platform and Process for Location-based Storytelling in the Developing World," which continues work begun in the 2014-15 NEH start-up grant "Curating Kisumu," a partnership with Maseno University in western Kenya. He directs Cleveland Historical, the pilot app in the Curatescape project that curates Cleveland through richly layered digital stories, and Cleveland Voices, which includes nearly 1,100 oral history interviews, and other public history 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 and a member of the Program Committee for the Society of American City and Regional Planning History (SACRPH) conference 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.
 
Honors and Awards:
Journal of Planning History Prize, Honorable Mention, 2017
Technology Commercialization Award, Ohio Faculty Council, 2016 - with CPHDH
Golden Apple Award, Young Alumni Council of CSU Alumni Association, 2014
Best Mobile App, eTech Ohio, 2011 - with CPHDH
Outstanding Public History Project (Honorable Mention), NCPH, 2011 - with CPHDH
Outstanding Public History Award, Ohio Academy of History, 2011 - with CPHDH
Gulf South History Book Award, 2006
Kemper and Leila Williams Prize in Louisiana History, 2006
ForeWord Magazine Big Ten Books from University Presses, 2006
Hugh F. Rankin Prize in Louisiana History, 2001
 
Teaching Areas:
20th century U.S., public history, urban history, suburban history