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California State University, Fullerton
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housing, suburbs, urban history, California, Orange County, Chicago
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About Me

I research the diversity of America’s suburbs. My first book is The Working Man’s Reward: Chicago’s Early Suburbs and the Roots of American Sprawl (Oxford University Press, 2014)analyzing working-class homeownership from the great Chicago fire of 1871 to the race riots of 1919 and beyond. My second book is A People’s Guide to Orange County (University of California Press, forthcoming), a bottom-up history of the too-often-overlooked stories that have happened in this highly-touristed but little-understood space.

I received my Ph.D. in American Studies from Yale University in 1995 and teach at California State University, Fullerton. I teach classes including The American Dream, Food Cultures, California Cultures, Stories of Los Angeles, and History of Suburbs.

Recent Publications

Elaine Lewinnek and Tom Zoellner, “Seeing Orange County,” Boom California

Ryan Reft, Elaine Lewinnek, and Thuy Vo Dang, “Forthcoming People’s Guide Unpeels Orange County History,” KCET

Elaine Lewinnek, “Social Studies Controversies in 1960s California: The Fight for Public Memory and the Rise of the New Right,” Pacific Historic Review (Feb. 2015)

Media Coverage
Country Focus
United States
Expertise by Geography
United States
Expertise by Chronology
5, 7, 8
Expertise by Topic
Art & Architectural History, Environment, Race, Urban History