Gotham Center for New York City History
A research and public education institution dedicated to advancing scholarly and public understanding of New York City’s rich and living past.
The mission of the Gotham Center is to support independent and professional historical work examining the various forces and figures that have shaped life in the city, as well as New York’s enormous contributions to the development of the nation and the world. Through a variety of research programs — grants, fellowships, seminars, conferences, and other projects — we hope to underwrite the production of this knowledge and shape the next generation of scholarship. Through a variety of public-facing initiatives — such as our free event series, blog, podcasts, online education and K-12 programs — we also strive to make that knowledge available to the widest possible audience, sharing the best and most interesting new work far beyond the academic community and immediate metropolitan area. Finally, we endeavor to make this information useful to actors influencing culture and policy today, fostering greater awareness of historical knowledge and exchange between scholars and leaders in civil society and government. In all things, we ask New Yorkers to consider how the past has created the present, and what lessons it might offer for the challenges we face in our great city, now and in the future.
The Gotham Center was founded in 2000 by Mike Wallace, after his landmark work Gotham: A History of New York City to 1898, co-authored with Edwin Burrows, won the Pulitzer. For more than twenty years, it has been the one academic institution devoted exclusively to promoting this critical field of study.
Our Activities and Offerings
Research, Resources, and Educational Programs
The Gotham Center provides a wealth of resources to support and inspire public education and research into the rich history of New York City.
Visit the Center's website for more resources, including original podcasts and reference materials.
Jan 20, 2022
By Bonnie Eissner In her spare time, when she’s not working with Graduate Center students and faculty, Zee Dempster, the assistant director of the Institute...
- Faculty News
Dec 11, 2018
The Robert David Lion Gardiner Foundation has awarded $250,000 to The Gotham Center for New York City History at The Graduate Center of The City University of New York, to establish a writing fellowship program.
Jul 11, 2018
The Metropole, 7.11.18
- Press Coverage
Oct 5, 2017
Distinguished Professor Mike Wallace (GC/John Jay, History), founder of the Graduate Center's Gotham Center for New York City History, was profiled in a New York Times article about the publication of Greater Gotham, the follow-up to Wallace's Pulitzer Prize-winning Gotham.
- Faculty News