Geoffrey D. Zylstra
PhD - Case Western Reserve University; Cleveland, Ohio
MA - University of Maryland College Park; College Park, Maryland
BA - Calvin College; Grand Rapids, Michigan
Social and Cultural History of North America, History of Technology , Environmental History, Urban History and History of Science
My current research focuses on the relationship between industrial change and the built environment in nineteenth-century Philadelphia. Using the design of space as my point of departure, I examine how various groups of people struggled over the meaning and shape of emerging technologies as they realized that industrial ideals emphasizing the separation of home and work, manufacturing over agricultural production, the control of space through time, the corporatization of public space, and self realization through consumption led to a reinvention of not just the region, but also their ways of life.