Paige Glotzer

Position title: Assistant Professor & John W. and Jeanne M. Rowe Chair in the History of American Politics, Institutions, and Political Economy


Phone: 608.263.1825

Curriculum Vitae (pdf) | Building Surburban Power
Office: 4116 Mosse Humanities Bldg.
Mailbox: 4024 Mosse Humanities Bldg.
Office Hours: Tuesdays 2:30-4:30pm in 4116 Mosse Humanities or Zoom. The Zoom link can be found in Canvas.
JCOTA Office Hours: First Wednesday of the Month, 3:45-4:45 PM
Modality: In person and on Zoom
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Paige Glotzer


I research the history of housing segregation in the nineteenth and twentieth century. My first book, entitled How the Suburbs Were Segregated: Developers and the Business of Exclusionary Housing, 1890-1960, was published by Columbia University Press as part of its Columbia Studies in the History of U.S. Capitalism series. It charts how suburban developers, including Baltimore’s Roland Park Company, ushered in modern housing segregation with the help of transnational financiers, real estate institutions, and public policymakers. The effects of their efforts continue to be felt today. Portions of my research have been published in the Journal of Urban History and Public Seminar. My work has also been featured in The CityLab and Time.

I am also interested in the connections between the rise of Jim Crow and colonialism and slavery worldwide. My digital project maps the British investors who financed one of the first segregated suburbs in the United States. In keeping with this turn toward global urban history, my current book project focuses on the interactions between American realtors and Latin American consumers in the mid-twentieth century.

My teaching interests include U.S. history, transnational history, cities, business, and politics. Regardless of the specific topic, I alert students to the historical dimension of processes they might take to be natural.

In addition to conducting research and teaching, I have been invited to lead tours and give talks.


Ph.D., Johns Hopkins University
M.A., Johns Hopkins University
B.A., New York University


Selected Publications

Advisor To

Selected Awards

  • Winner, Lewis Mumford Prize for Best Book in American City and Regional Planning History, 2022, Society for American City and Regional Planning History.
  • Honorable Mention, First Book Prize, International Planning History Society, 2022.
  • 2021 Kenneth Jackson Award for Best Book in North American History
  • 2021 Finalist, Hagley Prize in Business History (for How the Suburbs Were Segregated)
  • Fall Research Competition, University of Wisconsin-Madison Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research and Graduate Education
  • UW-Madison Center for the Humanities First Book Award
  • Austin Kerr Prize for Best First Paper Presented at the Business History Conference
  • Maryland Historical Society Lord Baltimore Fellowship

History Courses