PhD University of Leeds
Richard Haw completed his Ph.D. in his hometown at the University of Leeds in the UK before permanently settling in New York in 2001. Broadly, his academic work focuses on American culture; specifically, on visual and literary representations of urban America, the cultural history of New York (and Brooklyn in particular), the impact of technology on American society and the relationship between crime fiction and social anxiety. He has written on a variety of subjects--literature, history, architecture, painting, photography--and his essays have appeared in Dreams of Paradise, Visions of Apocalypse (VU, 2004), New York History , the Journal of American Studies , Seaport and others. He is the author of The Brooklyn Bridge: A Cultural History (Rutgers, 2005) and Art of the Brooklyn Bridge: A Visual History (Routledge, 2008), and is currently at work on a cultural biography of John Roebling. At John Jay, he teaches in the Interdisciplinary Studies Program; in his spare time, he walks around Brooklyn fretting over the fortunes of Leeds United.
Engineering America: The Life and Times of John Roebling (forthcoming)