Senior Scholar in Urban History and Material Culture
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. 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 teaches courses in American urban history, immigration and ethnic history, religion, and oral history, and he is a former Curatorial Research Associate at the American Philosophical Society where he helped curate exhibits on Thomas Jefferson’s years in Philadelphia. He also helped curate exhibits with the Queens Museum of Art and Flushing Town Hall. He earned a B.A. in the Plan II Honors Program at the University of Texas at Austin, M.A. in Religion at Columbia University, and Ph.D. in History of Culture from the University of Chicago. He is the author of City of Gods: Religious Freedom, Immigration, and Pluralism in Flushing, Queens (New York: Fordham University Press, 2016), and he also serves as an Advisor for the Pluralism Project at Harvard University.