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Education

Case Western Reserve University, Ph.D., Social History and Policy Program, 2005

  • Fields: pre-Civil War U.S., post-Civil War U.S., U.S. Urban Social, U.S. Environmental
  • Dissertation: “Open Penitentiaries: Institutionalizing Homelessness in Cleveland, Ohio”

Case Western Reserve University, MA, History, 1998

  • Thesis: “‘The Reign of Wickedness’: The Changing Structures of Prostitution, Gambling and Political Protection in Cleveland from the Progressive Era to the Great Depression”

Carleton College, BA in History, Magna Cum Laude, 1992

American University in Cairo, Fall Semester, 1990

 

Book

Derelict Paradise: Homelessness and Urban Development in Cleveland, Ohio (Amherst, MA: University of Massachusetts Press, 2011).

 

Works in Progress

To What End? Documenting Extreme Poverty (Under contract with Oxford University Press).

 

“‘Almost Like I am in Jail’ Homelessness and the Sense of Immobility in Cleveland, Ohio” (under review as part of a proposed special issue on “(Im)Mobilities of Dwelling” that has been submitted to the journal Cultural Studies).

 

Essay examining the history of oral history and activism (commissioned essay for the 25th anniversary issue of Oral History Review).

 

“Oral History as a Tool for Movement Building” (under revision for the journal Upping the Anti).

 

Articles in Refereed Journals

Daniel Kerr and Chris Dole, “Cracking the Temp Trap: Day Laborers’ Grievances and Strategies for Change in Cleveland, Ohio,” Labor Studies Journal 29 (Winter 2005): 87-108.

 

“‘We Know What the Problem Is’: Using Oral History to Develop a Collaborative Analysis of Homelessness from the Bottom Up,” Oral History Review 30, no. 1 (2003): 27-45.

 

“A Complete Perfect Nothingness: Oral Histories of Three Homeless Men and an Oral Historian on Cleveland’s Public Square,” Streenotes 2, no. 2 (1999), http://web.archive.org/web/20060815201808/http://xcp.bfn.org/kerr.html.

 

Book Chapters

“Who Burned Cleveland, Ohio? The Forgotten Fires of the 1970s” in Flammable Cities: Fire, Urban Environment, and Culture in History, ed. Jordan Sand, Greg Bankoff, and Uwe Luebken (Madison: University of Wisconsin Press, 2012), 332-352.

 

“Countering Corporate Narratives from the Streets: The Cleveland Homeless Oral History Project,” in Oral History and Public Memories, ed. Paula Hamilton and Linda Shopes (Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 2008), 231-251.

Note: Oral History and Public Memories won honorable mention in the 2009 NCPH Book Award competition for the best work published about or growing out of public history.

 

“‘We Know What the Problem Is’: Using Oral History to Develop a Collaborative Analysis of Homelessness from the Bottom Up,” in Oral History Reader, 2nd ed., ed. Robert Perks and Alistair Thomson (New York: Routledge, 2006), 485-494.

 

Conference Proceedings

“Using Video to Develop a Collaborative Analysis of Homelessness at the Base,” in Crossroads of History: Experience, Memory, Orality, proceedings for XIth International Oral History Conference, June 15-19, 2000.

 

Community Reports

Daniel Kerr and Chris Dole, “Challenging Exploitation and Abuse: A Study of the Day Labor Industry in Cleveland,” a report prepared for Cleveland City Council (September 2001).

 

Encyclopedia Entries

“Homelessness,” in Encyclopedia of the Great Black Migration, vol. 1, ed. Steve Reich (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 2006), 396-398.

 

Forty-two entries, Encyclopedia of Cleveland History, online edition, ed. David D. Van Tassel and John J. Grabowksi, http://ech.cwru.edu/.

 

Book Reviews

Review of Center for Public History & Digital Humanities at Cleveland State University, Cleveland Historical: A Free Mobile App that Puts Cleveland History at Your Fingertips. Oral History Review 39, no. 2 (2012): 314-317.

 

Review of Desiree Hellegers, No Room of Her Own: Women’s Stories of Homelessness, Life, Death, and Resistance and Catherine Robinson, Beside Oneself: Homelessness Felt and Lived. Oral History Review 39, no. 2 (2012): 354-357.

 

Review of Michael Riordan, Our Way to Fight: Israeli and Palestinian Activists For Peace. Oral History Review 39, no. 1 (2012): 140-142.

 

Review of Joshua Long, Weird City: Sense of Place and Creative Resistance in Austin, Texas. Oral History Review 38, no. 2 (2011): 395-398.

 

Review of Andrew Hurley, Beyond Preservation: Using Public History to Revitalize Inner Cities. Oral History Review 38, no. 1 (2011): 233-235.

 

Review of Winifred Tate, Counting the Dead: The Culture and Politics of Human Rights Activism in Columbia. Oral History Review 37, no. 2 (2010): 281-283.

 

Review of Lois Presser, Been a Heavy Life: Stories of Violent Men. Oral History Review 36, no. 2 (2009): 287-289.

 

“The National Mall without Sweat, Mud, or Water,” review of Nathan Glazer and Cynthia Field, eds., The National Mall: Rethinking Washington’s Monumental Core. H-Urban, H-Net Reviews. October 2008.

 

Review of Kenneth C. Wolensky, Nicole H. Wolensky, Robert P. Wolensky, Fighting for the Union Label: The Women’s Garment Industry and the ILGWU in Pennsylvania. Labour/Le Travail 52 (2003): 290-292.

 

Invited Lectures

 

“Lifting the Community or Lifting from It: The Ethics of Doing Research at the Margins,” invited as Thomas P. Johnson Visiting Scholar, Rollins College, March 13, 2013.

 

“How Oral History Can Facilitate Movement Building,” invited lecture, Columbia Center for Oral History, New York City, New York, November 22, 2011.

 

“The Ethics of Interviewing the Oppressed: Doing Oral History with the Homeless,” invited lecture, Oneonta College, April 15, 2002.

 

“Rethinking Policy Approaches to Affordable Housing,” invited lecture, Oberlin College, December 3, 2001.

 

“Rethinking Homelessness from the Bottom Up,” invited lecture, Oneonta College, March 29, 2001.

 

“The Working Homeless,” invited lecture, Bowling Green State University-Firelands, October 17, 2001.

 

Conference Papers and Panels

 

Chair and Commentator, “Oral History in Motion: Thirdspace and the Transformation of Community,” Oral History Association annual meeting, Madison, Wisconisn, October 10, 2014.

 

“Whose Downtown? Doing Collaborative Action Research in the Classroom and Community,” International Oral History Association biennial meeting, Barcelona, Spain, July 11, 2014.

 

Working Group Facilitator, “Towards a History of Civic Engagement and the Progressive Impulse in Public History,” National Council on Public History annual meeting, Monterey, California, March 21, 2014.

 

Chair and Commentator, “Contending with the State,” International Oral History Association biennial meeting, Barcelona, Spain, July 10, 2014.

 

Roundtable, “How to be Strategic About Publications,” Ann Ferren Conference on Teaching, Research, and Learning, Washington, DC, January 10, 2014.

 

Discussion Facilitator, “Oral History and Social Change,” Oral History Association annual meeting, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, October 11, 2013.

 

Commentator, “Demolition and Renewal,” Society for American City and Regional Planning History biennial meeting, Toronto, Ontario, October 4, 2013.

 

Working Group, “Teaching Digital History and New Media,” National Council on Public History annual meeting, Ottawa, Ontario, April 19, 2013.

 

“The Shelter’s Role in the Search for Order: Cleveland, Ohio, from 1877-1930,” Urban History Association biennial meeting, New York, New York, October 27, 2012.

 

“Assessing the Cleveland Homeless Oral History Project,” Oral History Association annual meeting, Cleveland, Ohio, October 13, 2012.

 

Commentator, “Groundswell: Oral History as Critical Praxis,” Oral History Association annual meeting, October 11, Cleveland, Ohio, 2012.

 

Chair, “Researching Homelessness: Designing An Effective Collaborative Project,” Chesapeake American Studies Association annual meeting, Washington, D.C., March 10, 2012.

 

“The Growth Frontier of Tomorrow: Arson and Urban Planning in Cleveland, Ohio,” Society for American City and Regional Planning History biennial meeting, Baltimore, Maryland, November 18, 2011.

 

“Should Oral Historians Abandon Life History?” Oral History Association annual meeting, Denver, Colorado, October 15, 2011.

 

Chair, “Oral History and Social Advocacy,” Oral History Association annual meeting, Denver, Colorado, October 13, 2011.

 

Chair and commentator, “Boundaries, Barriers, and Borders: Oral Histories and the Question of Difference,” Oral History Association annual meeting, Atlanta, Georgia, October 28, 2010.

 

“Making the Hidden Transcript Public: The Cleveland Homeless Oral History Project,” Society of American Archivists annual meeting, Washington, D.C., August 13, 2010.

 

“The Invisibility of Subversion: The Ongoing Practice of Radical Oral History,” International Oral History Association biennial meeting, Prague, Czech Republic, July 8, 2010.

 

Chair and commentator, “Using Oral History to Promote Social Justice,” Oral History Association annual meeting, Louisville, Kentucky, October 17, 2009.

 

“Is Oral History Exploitative? Oral History with the Homeless,” Oral History Association annual meeting, Louisville, Kentucky, October 16, 2009.

 

“Bridging the Academic/Activist Divide: Learning from the Past, Building for the Future,” Working Class Studies Association biennial meeting, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, June 5, 2009.

 

“Oral History and Public Memories,” Organization of American Historians annual meeting, Seattle, Washington, March 27, 2009.

 

“Who Burned Cleveland, Ohio? Rebellion, Arson and Urban Planning from 1960-1990,” Flammable Cities: Fire, Urban Environment, and Culture in History, conference at the German Historical Institute, Washington, DC, May 15-17, 2008.

 

“The Cleveland Homeless Oral History Project,” Oral History Association annual meeting, Oakland, California, October 27, 2007.

 

Chair, “Voices of Witness: Disasters, Land Grab, & Community Resistance,” Oral History Association annual meeting, Oakland, California, October 25, 2007.

 

“A City With a Smile: Promoting Tourism in Cleveland, Ohio, During the Great Depression,” Social Science History Association annual meeting, Minneapolis, Minnesota, November 4, 2006.

 

“Day Labor and the Organized Labor Movement,” United Association for Labor Education annual meeting, Seattle, Washington, May 19, 2006.

 

“Homeland Insecurity: The Official Version vs. the Human Voice,” Oral History Association annual meeting, Providence, Rhode Island, November 4, 2005.

 

“Challenging Exploitation and Abuse: A Study of the Day Labor Industry in Cleveland,” Working-Class Studies Association biennial meeting, Youngstown, Ohio, May 16, 2003.

 

Commentator, “Political Action to Build ‘The Beloved Community,’” with U.S. Congressman John Lewis, Case Western Reserve University, November 19, 2001.

 

Commentator, “Sex and Sexuality in Perception and Formation of Urban Space,” Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning annual meeting, Cleveland, Ohio, November 9, 2001.

 

“Doing Instigative Research: Using Oral History to Promote Social Justice,” Oral History Association annual meeting, St. Louis, Missouri, October 20, 2001.

 

“Workplace Organizing: Day Labor/Contingent Workers,” Jobs with Justice annual meeting, Cleveland, Ohio, September 8, 2001.

 

“Unlivable Wages, Homeless Lives,” Women Speak Out for Peace and Justice summer supper seminar, Cleveland, Ohio, June 14, 2001.

 

“Temporary Industrial Labor and the LWWU: Bringing the Homeless Back into the Working-Class,” Working- Class Studies biennial meeting, Youngstown, Ohio, May 18, 2001.

 

Margaret Morton and Daniel Kerr, “An Artist Talk and a Dialogue Exploring the Day-to-Day Lives of the Nation’s Homeless,” Center for Contemporary Art, Cleveland, Ohio, May 6, 2001.

 

“Profiting From Poverty: ‘Private’ Relief and ‘Public’ Employment Agencies in Cleveland, 1877-1927,” Andrew W. Mellon Lecture, Case Western Reserve University, February 27, 2001.

 

“‘Sharing Authority’: Oral History and the Collaborative Process,” International Oral History Association biennial meeting, Istanbul, Turkey, June 15-19, 2000.

 

“Servicing the Needs of Capitalism: A Case Study of the Changing Geography of Prostitution in Cleveland, 1915-1934,” Society for American City and Regional Planning History biennial meeting, Washington, D.C., November 18-21, 1999.

 

“Transformations in the Geography of Prostitution and the Structures of Race and Gender in Cleveland in the Early Twentieth Century,” Theorizing Space and Time at the End of the Millennium conference, University of Georgia, April 9, 1999.

 

“A Complete Perfect Nothingness: Oral Histories of Three Homeless Men on Cleveland’s Public Square,” performance presentation at the Oral History Association annual meeting, Buffalo, New York, October 17, 1998.