Todd Michney

Assistant Professor

Member Of:
  • School of History and Sociology
  • Center for Urban Innovation
  • Digital Integrative Liberal Arts Center
Office Location:
Old Civil Engineering G24
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Todd M. Michney is an  Assistant Professor in the School of History and Sociology who focuses on urban history, digital history, African American history, and the history of race and ethnicity. Dr. Michney is the author of Surrogate Suburbs: Black Upward Mobility and Neighborhood Change in Cleveland, 1900-1980 (University of North Carolina Press, 2017), as well as articles in the Journal of Social HistoryJournal of Urban HistoryJournal of Planning History, and Reviews in American History. His current research interests include black building tradesmen and the extent of African American access to New Deal mortgage supports. Michney has sat on the board of the Urban History Association and twice served as a National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) grant evaluator.

At Georgia Tech, he was a member of the research team at the Center for Urban Innovation from 2015-17, and won DILAC grants from 2016-19 to digitize the Ivan Allen Mayoral Papers and develop a customized search interface for the collection. In the Fall of 2019, Michney won an award for Excellence in the Educational Use of Historical Records for the project from the Georgia Historical Records Advisory Council, and in January 2020, he along with two co-investigators won a two-year grant from the NEH's Office of Digital Humanities to continue developing the project's user interface. Michney teaches a Serve-Learn-Sustain-affiliated course entitled “Semester in the City: Engaging Communities,” which involves partnering with organizations which in the past have included the Historic Westside Cultural Arts Council, Emerald Corridor Foundation, Grove Park Foundation, and Greater Vine City Opportunities Program.

  • Ph.D. in U.S. History, University of Minnesota
  • M.A. in U.S. History, University of Minnesota
  • B.A. in History, Case Western Reserve University


Research Fields:
  • Global Cities and Urban Society
  • U.S. Society and Politics/Policy Perspectives
  • United States
  • Race/Ethnicity
  • Digital Humanities


  • HIST-2112: United States since 1877
  • HTS-2013: Modern America
  • HTS-2086: Semester in the City
  • HTS-3005: Amer Environmental Hist
  • HTS-3006: United States Labor Hist
  • HTS-3011: City in American Hist
  • HTS-4091: Seminar Global Issues
  • HTS-4814: Special Topics

Selected Publications


Journal Articles