Timothy J. Lombardo
B.A., Temple University
M.A., Temple University
Ph.D., Purdue University
Dr. Timothy J. Lombardo is new to the University of South Alabama, having joined the USA History Department in August 2015. With expertise in modern American History, Dr. Lombardo will teach a number of courses in US History, recent U.S history, and American Urban History.
Born and raised in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, he spent his formative years in his hometown and remains a Philadelphian at heart. He earned both his Bachelors and Masters Degrees at Temple University before leaving the City of Brotherly Love for small-town Indiana to pursue a Ph.D. in American history at Purdue University. After finishing his doctorate, Dr. Lombardo spent several years as a quasi-nomadic academic in the Midwest, where lived for short spells in Indianapolis and Grand Rapids, Michigan and taught history at Indiana University-Purdue University at Indianapolis and Grand Valley State University. Now at the beginning of a new southward sojourn, he is excited to bring his deeply-ingrained East Coast attitude and adopted Midwestern sensibilities to the Gulf South.
Philadelphia was never far from Dr. Lombardo’s mind as he followed his academic career from one new strange place to another. At Purdue University, he ended up researching and writing a dissertation on his treasured hometown. Combining his interests in modern American urban, social, and political history, his research focused on the white ethnic and working class supporters of Frank Rizzo—Philadelphia’s controversial police commissioner turned mayor in the 1960s and 1970s—and their engagement with the interwoven politics of law enforcement, school desegregation, affirmative action, and open housing. Using his case study as an example of broader trends in American urban and political history, Dr. Lombardo’s work examined the roots of what he calls “blue-collar conservatism” in modern United States history. He is now in the process of turning his dissertation into his first book, tentatively titled The Rise of Blue-Collar Conservatism: Frank Rizzo’s Philadelphia and the Politics of the Urban Crisis.
Dr. Lombardo hopes to continue exploring the confluence of modern urban and political history while at the University of South Alabama, albeit with a more national focus. A few of his budding future projects promise to examine the intersection of urban and poverty policy on the American political development since the 1960s as well as the recent politics and process of urban renewal and gentrification through private, small-business revitalization. In the meantime, he looks forward to spending some of his free time exploring and learning more about his new home in Mobile, Alabama and the entire Gulf South region.
Blue-Collar Conservatism: Frank Rizzo's Philadelphia and Populist Politics (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2018).See More
Articles and Chapters
“The Battle of Whitman Park: Race, Class, and Public Housing in Philadelphia, 1956 – 1982,” Journal of Social History (Winter 2013) 47 (2): 401 – 428.
Foreword to Zane L. Miller, Suburb: Neighborhood and Community in Forest Park, Ohio, 1935 – 1975, revised edition (forthcoming).
“Making Urban Citizens: Civility and Civic Virtue in the Modern Metropolis,” Journal of Urban History, (January 2015) 4 (1): 143 – 151.
With Brandon M. Ward, “More Than Backlash: Rethinking Working Class Politics and the Fall of the New Deal Order” Politics, Groups, and Identities (March 2014) 2 (1): 135 – 146.
- HY 136 U.S. History Since 1877
- HY 312 U.S. During the 1960s
- HY 390H The Urban Crucible: Cities and Suburbs in Modern America
- HY 437 U.S. Since 1945
- HY 441 Modern US History Research Seminar