Concentration: Progressive Era US
MA History, University at Buffalo
Adviser: Gail Radford
Jonathan O’Brian is interested in the transnational and trans-regional Progressive Era, especially the micro-manifestations of macro-historical events. His research focuses on progressives’ attempt to re-creategemeinschaft (the experience of community) within the rapidly industrializing small city of Jamestown, New York.
He is especially interested in the expansion of municipal ownership, including city-owned utilities, under the long tenure of progressive mayor Samuel A. Carlson, and the possible expansion of the progressive impulse at the local level amid its eclipse at the national one during the 1920s.
When not engaged in research he directs a not-for-profit children’s summer resident camp that was established in Jamestown, NY in 1898 by local progressives.