Assistant Professor of History and Urban Studies
Gergely Baics joined Barnard’s faculty in 2010. He holds a joint appointment with the Urban Studies Program and is affiliated with the Empirical Reasoning Center. His scholarly interests include modern urban history, 19th-century American economic and social history, trans-Atlantic population history, historical GIS and social science history methods. He is the author of Feeding Gotham: The Political Economy and Geography of Food in New York, 1790-1860 (Princeton University Press, 2016). His work has been supported by the American Council of Learned Societies, the Max Weber Programme at the European University Institute, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Fellowship at the New-York Historical Society, and the Presidential Research Award at Barnard. His articles have appeared in journals such as the Journal of Urban History, Urban History, and the Annals of the American Association of Geographers.
Baics is currently at work on a new book project, tentatively titled The Transitional City, which examines the economic and social geography of mid-19th-century New York with the use of GIS mapping. He is also writing an article on the 1811 Manhattan grid, and is involved in a collaborative research project on mapping Copenhagen in the late 19th to early 20th century.
Baics is a recipient of the Gladys Brooks Teaching Award at Barnard. He offers lectures and seminars on transnational and American urban history, including “Emerging Cities: 19th Century Urban History of the Americas and Europe”; “20th Century Cities of the Americas and Europe”; “The Craft of Urban History”; “Urban Studies Junior Seminar: The Shaping of the Modern City”; “History Department Senior Thesis Seminar.”
American economic and social history
Feeding Gotham: The Political Economy and Geography of Food in New York, 1790-1860 (Princeton University Press, 2016).
One of the Financial Times Best History Books of 2016
SELECTED RECENT ARTICLES
“Zoning Before Zoning: Land Use and Density in Mid-Nineteenth-Century New York City,” [with Leah Meisterlin], Annals of the American Association of Geographers 106, no. 5 (2016), 1152-75.
“The Geography of Urban Food Retail: Locational Principles of Public Market Provisioning in New York City, 1790-1860,” Urban History 43, no. 3 (2016), 435-53.
“Mapping as Process: Food Access in Nineteenth-Century New York,” Global Urban History (May 2016)
“Old Maps, New Tricks: Historical Maps and Data Visualization,” [with Leah Meisterlin], Urban Omnibus (June 2015).
“Meat Consumption in Nineteenth-Century New York: Quantity, Distribution, and Quality, or Notes on the ‘Antebellum Puzzle,’” in Institutions, Innovation, and Industrialization: Essays in Economic History and Development, ed. Avner Greif, Lynne Kiesling, and John Nye (Princeton University Press, 2015), 97-127.
“Is Access to Food a Public Good? Meat Provisioning in Early New York City, 1790-1820,” Journal of Urban History 39, no. 4 (2013), 643-68.
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