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A native of Southern California, I did a brief stint in the Navy after high school and eventually completed my M.A. in Urban Education Policy and Ph.D. in American Studies at Brown University. I wrote my doctoral dissertation under the supervision of urban historians Elliott Gorn and Robert Self, urban sociologist John Logan, and urban planning expert Larry Bennett. I currently teach history at Long Beach City College. Before that, I taught urban history at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, as well as at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. My research interests include the history of the sports business, the growth (and decline) of U.S. cities after World War II, and economic inequality in general. The University of Chicago press published my first book, Bulls Markets: Chicago’s Basketball Business and the New Inequality, in 2018. I spend most of my spare time surfing and reading. My favorite writers include Barbara Ehrenreich, Ha Jin, Adolph Reed, Jr., Gore Vidal, and Kurt Vonnegut.