Todd Michney

Associate Professor

Member Of:
  • School of History and Sociology
  • Digital Integrative Liberal Arts Center
Office Location: Old Civil Engineering G24
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Todd M. Michney is an  Associate 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 American HistoryJournal of Social HistoryJournal of Urban HistoryJournal of Planning History, and Reviews in American History. His current research interests include Black building tradesmen 1865-1965, the work and business of construction, as well as the origins of redlining and other racially discriminatory New Deal housing policies. 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 Center for Urban Innovation's research team from 2015-17, and was awarded three consecutive DILAC grants from 2016-19 to digitize the Ivan Allen Mayoral Papers and develop a customized search interface for that collection. For this project, Michney in 2019 won an award for Excellence in the Educational Use of Historical Records from the Georgia Historical Records Advisory Council, and in 2020, he along with two colleagues secured a two-year grant from the NEH's Office of Digital Humanities to continue developing the project's user interface. Michney has taught a Serve-Learn-Sustain-affiliated course entitled “Semester in the City: Engaging Communities,” which involved partnering with organizations including the Historic Westside Cultural Arts Council, Emerald Corridor Foundation, Grove Park Foundation, and Greater Vine City Opportunities Program.

From 2018-23, Michney served as the Institute-wide Chair of Georgia Tech's Library/Faculty Advisory Board.  In 2021, he participated in the Commission on Research Next as a member of the Phase II team.

  • Ph.D. in History, University of Minnesota, 2004
  • M.A. in History, University of Minnesota, 1997
  • B.A. in History, Case Western Reserve University, 1993


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-2101: Historical and Social Research
  • 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
  • HTS-6101: Soc & Pol Hist of U.S.

Selected Publications


Journal Articles