Urban Culture and Social History
Clifton Hood is steeped in the intricacies of urban existence. His foremost interest in mass transit was ignited when he was chosen to be part of a study of the New York City subway line as an undergrad at Washington University, in St. Louis. Since then, the connection between mass transit and conflict among social groups has been a driving force in his studies and research.
That passion also has resulted in Hood’s lauded treatise, “722 Miles: The Building of the Subways and How They Transformed New York,” reissued by Johns Hopkins University Press in honor of the NYC underground’s centennial in 2004.
“I realized that nobody else had done a decent history of the subway,” Hood says of his decision to write the book. “I had an opportunity to investigate, in a comprehensive way, one of the most important influences in the city’s physical growth and social interactions.”
Currently, he is at work on a book on New York City’s economic elites.
As a Fulbright lecturer in 2001, Hood traveled to South Korea, where he taught at Seoul National University and Yonsei University.
Seven Hundred and Twenty-Two Miles: The Building of the Subways and How They Transformed New York
Simon and Schuster, Inc., 1993
Evolution of New York City Subways: An Illustrated History of New York City's Transit Cars, 1867-1997
Johns Hopkins University Press, 2002
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Clifton Hood joined the HWS faculty in 1992. Prior to his arrival in Geneva, he had been assistant director of the LaGuardia and Wagner Archives and adjunct assistant professor at LaGuardia Community College and adjunct assistant professor at the New Jersey Institute of Technology, as well as an instructor of history at Columbia University.
Hood maintains professional affiliations with the American Historical Association, the Columbia University Seminar on the City , the Organization of American Historians , the Society for American City and Regional Planning History and the Urban History Association. Additionally, he serves on the board of the New York Council for the Humanities and the editorial board of the New-York Journal of American History.
In July 2004, Hood was named a Steward of the Archives Partnership Trust of the New York State Archives, and he has served as a panelist for the National Endowment of the Humanities' Division of Access and Preservation.
Graduating summa cum laude from Washington University, Hood received his master’s and doctoral degrees from Columbia University.