Hepp, John H., IV 1959-

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Hepp, John H., IV 1959-


Born October 21, 1959, in West Chester, PA; son of John H. III (a teacher) and Rose (a banker) Hepp; married Julie Benigni (a realty specialist), December 29, 1984; children: John H. V. Education: Temple University, B.A., 1982; University of Pennsylvania, J.D., 1986; University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Ph.D., 1998.


Home—Kingston, PA. Office—Department of History, Wilkes University, 84 W. South St., Wilkes-Barre, PA 18766. E-mail—[email protected]


Strawbridge and Clothier (department store), Ardmore, PA, stock boy, 1978-80; Dechert, Price & Rhoads, Philadelphia, PA, associate attorney, 1986-91; University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, lecturer in history, 1997-99; Wilkes University, Wilkes-Barre, PA, associate professor of history, 1999—. National Endowment for the Humanities, panelist, 2005-06.


American Historical Association, Pennsylvania Historical Association, Athenaeum of Philadelphia, Coif.


The Middle-Class City: Transforming Space and Time in Philadelphia, 1876-1926, University of Pennsylvania Press (Philadelphia, PA), 2003.

Contributor to books, including Suburbanizing the Masses: Public Transport and Urban Development in Historical Perspective, edited by Colin Divall and Winstan Bond, Scolar Press, 2003. Contributor to periodicals, including Pennsylvania History and Journal of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era. Member of editorial board, H-SHGAPE, 1997-2000, and "Pennsylvania History Studies Series," Pennsylvania Historical Association, 2005—.


John H. Hepp IV told CA: "I view myself as an urban cultural historian and define all three terms very broadly. I love cities and everything that happens in them. For me, every city is exciting and interesting, and beauty can be found on the boulevards of Paris and in the gritty once-industrial sections of Philadelphia and Glasgow. I write as a way to make sense of the parts of the past that interest me. One of my mentors once accused me of being interested in the age of the steam railway, and broadly speaking he was right. My interests pick up in the 1830s and fall in the 1950s."