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Last Name
University of Dayton
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urban, airports, local, transportation
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About Me

Dr. Janet R. Daly Bednarek is a professor and former chair of the Department of History. She has published extensively on the history of airports in the United States, examining them as pieces of the urban transportation infrastructure and also looks at the relationship between airports and city planning. She teaches courses in both urban and aviation history.

Recent Publications


Bednarek, Airports, Cities and the Jet Age: US Airports Since 1945 (Palgrave-MacMillan, 2016).

Articles and Major Essays:

Bednarek, “Open Sky: The Broad Range of Recent Scholarship in Aviation History” in Norton, P., Mom, G., Millward, L., Flonneau, M., Errazuirz, T.(eds), T2M Yearbook: Mobility in History (New York, 2013), pp. 89-94

Bednarek, “”Creating an ‘Image Center’: Reimagining Omaha’s Downtown and Riverfront, 1986-2003,” Nebraska History, Vol. 90, No. 4 (Winter 2009): 190-207.**Reprinted in Connolly, J. J. (Ed.), After the Factory: Reinventing America’s Small Industrial Cities (Lanham, Maryland: Rowman & Littlefield, 2010).

Bednarek, “Layer upon Layer: Public Authorities and Airport Ownership and Management in St. Louis, 1947-1980,” Journal of Planning History, Vol. 8, No. 1 (February 2009): 3-26.

Bednarek, “The Flying Machine in the Garden: Parks and Airports, 1918-1938,” Technology and Culture, Vol. 46, No. 2 (April 2005): 350-373.** Reprinted in Jones, ed., The Best American History Essays 2007 (Organization of American Historians and Palgrave, 2007).

Media Coverage
Most recently, I've been on C-Span (a National History Center Briefing on Transportation Infrastructure). I've been interviewed by a number of local/regional PBS stations as well as All Things Considered. And I've given interviews to both local and regio
Country Focus
United States
Expertise by Geography
United States
Expertise by Chronology
20th century
Expertise by Topic
Local & Regional, Technology, Urban History