Tracy Neumann - Assistant Professor

Tracy Neumann specializes in transnational and global approaches to twentieth-century US history, with a particular focus on postwar cities and public policy. Her first book, Remaking the Rust Belt: The Postindustrial Transformation of North America, investigates the relationship between the emergence of neoliberal urbanism in North Atlantic cities and the postindustrial redevelopment of manufacturing centers in the US and Canada. She is working on a new book on the global circulation of urban design and economic development ideas since 1945, concentrating on the role of philanthropic foundations and international organizations. 



Ph.D., New York University, 2011

M.A., Cornell University, 2001

B.A., University of Michigan, 1998


Select Publications




Remaking the Rustbelt: The Postindustrial Transformation of North America (Philadelphia: The University of Pennsylvania Press, 2016).


Articles, Chapters, and Essays

“Renaissance and Retrenchment in the 1970s,” Journal of Urban History (January 2015)

“Privatization, Devolution, and Jimmy Carter's National Urban Policy,” Journal of Urban History (March 2014) 


Select Awards

WLMK Postdoctoral Fellowship, Weatherhead Center for International Affairs, Harvard University, 2015-2016

President's Research Enhancement Award in Arts & Humanities, Wayne State University, 2015-2016

CLAS Excellence in Teaching Award, Wayne State University, 2014

University Research Grant, Wayne State University, 2014

Humanities Center Faculty Fellowship, Wayne State University, 2013-2014

Eisenberg Institute for Historical Studies Residency Research Fellowship, University of Michigan, 2012-2013

Educational Development Grant, Wayne State University, 2012

CLIR/Mellon Fellowship for Dissertation Research in Original Sources, 2008-2009

Scholar-in-Residence, Pennsylvania State Archives, 2008


Courses Regularly Taught

American Civilization Since WWII (HIS 1050)

History of Detroit (HIS 3650/US 3650)

Cities in the World (HIS 5665/7665)

Modern American Cities (HIS 5670/7670)

Research & Methods in History (HIS 7830)

Public History (HIS 7835)




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3131 FAB
Research Area
Modern US History
Urban History
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