On September 22nd, Erie Day School welcomed Dr. Chloe Taft Kang, ’97.
Dr. Taft is a scholar of twentieth- and twenty-first-century America, with a focus on the cultural, social, and political histories and experiences of urban development. Her book, From Steel to Slots: Casino Capitalism in the Postindustrial Citywas published in 2016 by Harvard University Press. She earned her Ph.D. in American Studies from Yale University in 2014.
Dr. Taft's research, writing, and teaching focus on urban history, postindustrial redevelopment, historic preservation, the built environment, and ethnographic approaches to understanding economic change and inequality. She is interested in how people use and have used local landscapes to make sense of global transitions and formulate expectations for community development.
Dr. Taft received her Ph.D. in American Studies (2014) and M.A. and M.Phil. in American Studies (2011) from Yale University, New Haven, CT. And her Bachelor of Arts in American Studies and Sociology (2005) from Williams College, Williamstown, MA, graduating as a Phi Beta Kappa and Magna Cum Laude.