R. Scott Hanson is the senior scholar in Urban History and Material Culture in the Department of History and Lenfest Center for Cultural Partnerships at Drexel. He holds a PhD in History of Culture from the University of Chicago and specializes in American urban history, immigration and ethnic history, religion, political rhetoric, oral history, ethnography, folklore (including the history of music and foodways), and public history more generally. In addition to teaching, he also works with the team of the Lenfest Center in the Atwater Kent Collection of the former Philadelphia History Museum.
Previously, he was a lecturer in the Department of History and Director of the Social Justice Research Academy at the University of Pennsylvania, and an adjunct associate professor of History and American Studies at Temple University. He was also a curatorial research associate at the American Philosophical Society where he helped curate exhibits on Thomas Jefferson’s years in Philadelphia, and he has helped curate exhibits at the Queens Museum of Art and Flushing Town Hall. He also serves as an advisor for the Pluralism Project at Harvard University and as a mentor in Drexel’s Liberty Scholars Program.
- HIST 202: US History from 1815 to 1900
- HIST 275: History of Pennsylvania
- HIST 276: History of Philadelphia
- HIST T280: U.S. Immigration History
- HIST 331: The American Revolution