Steven Conn

Steven Conn

Steven Conn is the W. E. Smith Professor of History at Miami University of Ohio. Previously he was a member of the history department at Ohio State University. He teaches intellectual, cultural, urban, and public history. He is also the founding editor of the monthly online magazine, Origins: Current Events in Historical Perspective. He is the author of five monographs, including Americans against the City: Anti-urbanism in the Twentieth Century (2014) and Do Museums Still Need Objects? (2010), and the editor of To Promote the General Welfare: The Case for Big Government (2012) and Building the Nation: Americans Write about Their Architecture, Their Cities, and Their Landscape (2003). His forthcoming book
tracks how business schools have consistently failed to live up to their promises to train a professional class of businessmen and is titled "Nothing Succeeds Like Failure: The Sad History of American Business Schools." He has taught and lectured on four continents.

Lectures

  • Cultural and Intellectual History of American Cities
  • Museums and Their Role in American Life, Past, Present, Future
  • Nothing Succeeds Like Failure: The Sad History of American Business Schools
  • Public History and Its Roles Inside and Outside the History Profession
  • Reckless Minds: European Ideas in American Politics
  • The Love-Hate Relationship that Americans Have with the State *
  • The Role of "Big Government" in American Life *
  • The Roots of the Rural-Urban Divide *


Lectures marked with a * are offered as part of the OAH's initiative, Historians' Perspectives on the Rise of Donald Trump.