Gregory Umbach

Gregory Umbach

Assistant Professor
Phone number: 
Room number: 


PhD     Cornell University
MA       Cornell University
BA        Northwestern University


Greg ("Fritz") Umbach is assistant professor of History. He received his PhD in American History from Cornell University, where he was the recipient of the John M. and Emily B. Clark Distinguished Teaching Award for Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching in the College of Arts and Science. His recently won, along with Elisabeth Gitter (English) and Patricia Licklider (English), the third-largest teaching and learning grant from the National Endowment for "Making Objects Speak: Portable Audio Guides for Teaching with Visual Culture in the Humanities". He has published in both popular and scholarly journals on a wide variety of topics in American and Global History, including New York's Chinatown, consumer culture, and police brutality. His book, The Last Neighborhood Cops: The Rise and Fall of Community Police in New York's Public Housing will be published by Rutgers University Press in late 2009. He has also directed several scholarly archives including Gathered in Time: Utah Quilts and Their Makers: Settlement to 1950; Ground One: Voices from Post-911 Chinatown; and The September 11 Digital Archive both recently accessioned by the Library of Congress as that institution's first major digital acquisitions. He also recently served as the historical consultant (and appears in) a documentary on the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade by New Yorker Films that accompanies the North American DVD release of Adanggaman, a film by the Ivory Coast director Roger Gnoan M'Bala.


Public housing; post-war New York City; history of the Church of Latter-Day Saints