Mike Wallace is co-author of the Pulitzer-Prize winning Gotham: A History of New York City to 1898, and its sequel Greater Gotham, A History of New York City from 1898-1919 (winner of the 2018 Ralph Waldo Emerson Award from the Phi Beta Kappa Society). He is the author of A New Deal for New York, which examines the future of post September 11 Gotham in the light of its past. He has published a series of essays that explore the ways history is used and abused in American popular culture; these have been collected in Mickey Mouse History and Other Essays on American Memory (1997).
He is Distinguished Professor of History at John Jay College of Criminal Justice. He is also founder of the Gotham Center for New York City History at the CUNY Graduate School, devoted to the study and popular promotion of the history of New York City (www.gothamcenter.org).
He has worked with museums, video and film makers, radio producers, and novelists to make the best new scholarship accessible to non specialists. He served as a senior historical consultant and talking head for Ric Burns’ PBS Special, New York: A Documentary Film, and most recently as Chief Historian for the New-York Historical Society and Museo del Barrio exhibition, Nueva York: 1613-1945.