Tracy Neumann is the author of a book and several articles & essays on urban history and public policy.


Remaking the Rust Belt: The Postindustrial Transformation of North America (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press), 2016.

Articles + Essays

Overpromising Technocracy’s Potential: The American-Yugoslav Project, Urban Planning, and Cold War Cultural Diplomacy,” Journal of Planning History 22, no. 1 (2023): 3-25.

A View from the South: Canadian Urban History in North American and Global Context,” Urban History Review 50, no. 1-2 (2023): 76-81.

Incorporating Labor History in a Public History Curriculum,” History@Work blog, August 11, 2020.

Transnational History from the Survey to the Dissertation,” Journal of Transnational American Studies 11, no. 2 (2020): 191-196.

Reforging the Steel City: Symbolism and Space in Post-Industrial Pittsburgh,” Journal of Urban History 44, no. 4 (2018): 582-602.

Comments on Alexia Yates’ Selling Paris: Property and Commercial Culture in the Fin-de-siècle CapitalJournal of the Canadian Historical Association 28, no. 2 (2017): 144-148.

“The Post-Industrial City,” in Mark Rose and Roger Biles, eds., The President and American Capitalism Since 1945 (Gainesville, FL: The University Press of Florida, 2017), 249-267.

“‘Goodbye, Steeltown’: Planning Post-Steel Cities in the US and Canada,” in Steven High, Lachlan MacKinnon, and Andrew Perchard, eds., The Deindustrialized World: Confronting Ruination in Post-Industrial Places (Vancouver: University of British Columbia Press, 2017), 190-207.

Postindustrial Cities and Urban Inequality,” Poverty & Race (April-June 2016): 7-10.

The ‘Spiritual Capital’ of the Rust Belt: Pittsburgh and the Postindustrial Transformation of North Atlantic Cities,” Global Urban History blog, February 1, 2016.

Renaissance and Retrenchment in the 1970s,” Journal of Urban History 41, no. 1 (2015): 39-43.

Privatization, Devolution, and Jimmy Carter’s National Urban Policy,” Journal of Urban History 40, no. (2014): 283-300; Reprinted in Stephen J. McGovern, ed., Urban Politics: A Reader (New York: Sage, 2016): 297-307.  

Book Reviews

Review of Andrew J. Diamond and Thomas J. Sugrue, Neoliberal Cities: The Remaking of Postwar Urban America, for The Metropole, December 10, 2020.

Review of Timothy P.R. Weaver, Blazing the Neoliberal Trail: Urban Political Development in the United States and the United Kingdom, for Planning Perspectives 33 no. 2 (2018): 308-309.

Review of Brian D. Goldstein, The Roots of Urban Renaissance: Gentrification and the Struggle over Harlem, for The American Historical Review 122, no. 5 (2017): 1651-1653.

Review of Chloe Taft, From Steel to Slots: Casino Capitalism in the Postindustrial City, for H-Pennsylvania, September 2016.

Review of David Koistinen, Confronting Decline: The Political Economy of Deindustrialization in Twentieth-Century New England, for, May 2014.