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About J. Mark Souther

Mark Souther specializes in 20th-century U.S. history, focusing primarily on urban decline and revitalization, tourism, and public history. Professor Souther is the author of New Orleans on Parade: Tourism and the Transformation of the Crescent City (Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 2006) and articles in the Journal of American History, Journal of Planning History, Journal of Urban History, Louisiana History, and Planning Perspectives. He is co-editor of American Tourism: Constructing a National Tradition (Chicago: Center for American Places; University of Chicago Press, 2012). His current book project, under advance contract at Temple University Press, focuses on perceptions of urban decline in postwar Cleveland.
Professor Souther is Director of the Center for Public History + Digital Humanities. In this capacity he directs the Cleveland Regional Oral History Collection and the Cleveland Historical mobile app project powered by Curatescape. He also co-directs Curatescape, a cloud-based mobile app framework built on Omeka, and currently licensed to dozens of institutions worldwide. He is a native of Gainesville, Georgia, and resides in Cleveland Heights, where he wrote two successful National Register historic district nominations.


Present Professor, History, Cleveland State University Center for Public History + Digital Humanities

Curriculum Vitae

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  • History of American Tourism
  • Undergraduate Research Seminar
  • Graduate Research Seminar
  • Readings in American Suburban History
  • U.S. Urban History
  • Introduction to Public History


August 1996 - May 2002 PhD, Tulane University ‐ Department of History
August 1994 - May 1996 MA, University of Richmond ‐ Department of History
August 1990 - May 1994 BA, Furman University ‐ Department of History

Books (2)

Articles and Review Essays (11)

Book Chapters (2)

Research Posters (1)