Dr. Joshua Salzmann
College of Arts and Sciences
(773) 442-5632
Joshua Salzmann teaches classes on the history of cities, sport, the environment, and crime and violence in the United States. His book "Liquid Capital: Making the Chicago Waterfront" examines the economic and environmental history of Chicago. Salzmann has published articles in academic journals including: LABOR, Enterprise and Society, and the Journal of Illinois History. His writings have also appeared in The Chicago Tribune, Crain’s Chicago Business, In These Times, and Arizona State University and the Smithsonian’s What it Means to Be American.
Courses Taught
Hist 214: American History, 1607 - 1877
Hist 215: United States History, 1877-Present
Hist 275: Writing and Methods for History Majors
Hist 334: History of American Sports
History 335 History of Crime and Violence
Hist 342: The City in American History
Hist 392: Problems in History: Writing and Methods for History Majors
Hist 392: Problems in History: Environmental History
Hist 393: Pro-Seminar: History of Chicago Research Seminar
Hist 434: Graduate Readings in 20th Century U.S. History
Hist 435 American Cultural and Intellectual History
Hist 444 Graduate Research Seminar
Research Interests
The History of Cities, Capitalism, and Natural and Built Environments

University of Illinois at Chicago

History, Ph.D., 2008

Selected Publications


"Liquid Capital: Making the Chicago Waterfront" (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2018). Winner of 2018 “Superior Achievement Award,” Illinois State Historical Society

Referred Journal Articles :

“Blood on the Tracks: Accidental Death and the Built Environment,” in City of Lake and Prairie: Chicago’s Environmental History, eds. William C. Barnett, Kathleen A. Brosnan, and Ann Durkin Keating (forthcoming University of Pittsburgh Press, 2019).

“Bionic Ballplayers: Risk, Profit, and the Body as Commodity,” (co-authored with Sarah Rose) Labor: Studies in Working-Class History of the Americas 11 (Spring 2014): 47-75.  Winner of the Biennial "Best Article Prize" awarded by Labor and Working Class History Association in 2016

“The Creative Destruction of the Chicago River Harbor: Spatial and Environmental Dimensions of Industrial Capitalism, 1881-1909,” Enterprise and Society: The International Journal of Business History 13 (June 2012): 235-275.

“The Lakefront’s Last Frontier: The Turnerian Mythology of Streeterville, 1886-1961,” The Journal of Illinois History 9 (Fall 2006): 201-214.

LWH 4094
5500 North St. Louis Avenue
Chicago, IL 60625
United States

(773) 442-5632
Office Hours
Spring 2019: Monday and Wednesday, 2:30-4:30 p.m.; Tuesday, 1-2 p.m.
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