Loyola University Chicago

Department of History


Elliott Gorn talks Mother Jones, Dillinger, and Emmett Till

The Loyola University Chicago Department of History welcomes Elliott J. Gorn, an
internationally recognized scholar and an award-winning undergraduate teacher, as the Joseph
A. Gagliano Professor of American Urban History. Gorn studied with Lawrence Levine
at the University of California at Berkeley where he received a M.A. in Folklore and with
David Brion Davis at Yale where he completed his Ph.D. Before joining Loyola’s History
Department in Fall 2012, Gorn taught at Alabama, Miami of Ohio, Purdue and most recently
Brown University. Gorn strengthens Loyola’s course offerings in social, cultural and urban
history. He is the recipient of numerous fellowships, including those from the John Simon
Guggenheim Foundation, the Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for
the Humanities, the American Council of Learned Societies, the Andrew Mellon Foundation, the
Fulbright Chair in North American Studies in Finland, the Huntington Library, and the Newberry
Library. Gorn’s research focuses on 19th- and 20th-century America, popular culture, gender,
and working-class history. He is the author or editor of 12 books, most notably Dillinger’s Wild
Ride: The Year that Made America’s Public Enemy Number One (Oxford University Press,
2009), Mother Jones: The Most Dangerous Woman in America (Hill and Wang, 2001), The
Manly Art: Bare-Knuckle Prize Fighting in America (Cornell University Press, 1986), and (with
Warren Goldstein) A Brief History of American Sports (Hill and Wang, 1993). Gorn’s numerous
articles have appeared the American Historical Review, Journal of American History, American
Quarterly, Journal of Urban History, Harper’s Magazine, the Chronicle of Higher Education, Le
Monde Diplomatique and Slate.