J Mark Souther, Ph.D.
 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; Small Cities; Tourism; Urban Revitalization; Public History; Digital Humanities; Cleveland; New Orleans
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, digital, and public history. Souther is the author of Believing in Cleveland: Managing Decline in "The Best Location in the Nation" (Temple University Press, 2017) and New Orleans on Parade: Tourism and the Transformation of the Crescent City (Louisiana State University Press, 2006, paper 2013). He is co-editor (with Nicholas Dagen Bloom) of American Tourism: Constructing a National Tradition (The Center for American Places and University of Chicago Press, 2012). His current book project is Outside the Gate City: Metropolitan Ambitions on Georgia's Fall Line, a comparative history of planning and growth strategies in Augusta, Macon, and Columbus, Georgia, between the 1910s and 1980s, situated in the context of Atlanta's meteoric rise.

Souther's newest publications include "Making 'The Garden City of the South': Beautification, Preservation, and Downtown Planning in Augusta, Georgia," Journal of Planning History, OnlineFirst October 3, 2019, and "Jewish Suburbanization and Jewish Presence in 'The City without Jews'" in Cleveland Jews and the Making of a Midwestern Community, ed. Sean Martin and John Grabowski (Rutgers University Press, 2020. He has two additional forthcoming articles to be published later in 2020: "'Curating Kisumu' and 'Curating East Africa': Digital History, Academic Collaboration, and Public Engagement in the Digital Age" (co-authored with Meshack Owino), History in Africa, and "'Green Spots in the Heart of Town': Planning and Contesting the Nation's Widest Streets in Georgia's Fall Line Cities," Georgia Historical Quarterly, as well as a book chapter under review on digital urban history and campus-community partnerships in Cleveland.

Souther recently published "Urban Tourism in the U.S. since 1800" in both the Oxford Research Encyclopedia of American History, ed. Jon Butler (Oxford University Press, 2018) and Oxford Encyclopedia of American Urban History, ed. Timothy J. Gilfoyle (Oxford University Press, 2019). He has also published articles in The Journal of American History, Journal of Urban History, Journal of Planning History, Planning Perspectives, Louisiana History, Oxford Research Encyclopedia of American History, and Oxford Encyclopedia of American Urban History, as well as a chapter in Southern Journeys: Tourism, History, and Culture in the Modern South, ed. Richard D. Starnes (University of Alabama Press) and article-length review essays in Reviews in American History, Journal of Urban History, and Journal of Planning History.

Souther is Director of the Center for Public History + Digital Humanities, a research center whose principal projects and initiatives include the Cleveland Historical mobile app, Cleveland Regional Oral History Collection, and the Curatescape mobile publishing framework, developed through an NEH digital humanities grant. Souther was also the PI and co-director (with Meshack Owino) of two NEH digital humanities projects, "Curating Kisumu: Adapting Mobile Humanities Interpretation in East Africa" (2014-15) and "Curating East Africa: A Platform and Process for Location-based Storytelling in the Developing World" (2017-18) that created a mobile-first web project called Macleki, a WordPress theme optimized for low-bandwidth environments, and a WordPress-based Curatescape plugin optimized for adoption in the developing world. He has served on multiple NEH grant review panels and has provided consulting or evaluative service for public and digital scholarship in support of tenure and promotion cases, grants, documentaries, and museum exhibitions.

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Honors and Awards:
John Nolen Research Fund Award, Cornell University Library Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, 2019
Journal of Planning History Prize (Honorable Mention), Society for American City and Regional Planning History, 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, State of Ohio, 2011 - with CPHDH
Outstanding Public History Project (Honorable Mention), National Council on Public History, 2011 - with CPHDH
Outstanding Public History Award, Ohio Academy of History, 2011 - with CPHDH
Michael Thomason Gulf South History Book Award, Gulf South Historical Association, 2007
Kemper and Leila Williams Prize in Louisiana History, Historic New Orleans Collection and Louisiana Historical Association, 2006
Hugh F. Rankin Prize in Louisiana History, Louisiana Historical Association, 2001
John T. Monroe Dissertation Year Fellowship, Tulane University, 2001
Peter T. Cominos Memorial Award, Tulane University, 2001
Teaching Areas:
20th Century U.S.; Public History; Urban History; Modern South