Clay Howard earned his PhD from the University of Michigan in 2010, and joined the Ohio State Department of History in 2013. Before moving to Columbus, he taught at the University of New Hampshire and the College of the Holy Cross. His courses at OSU include HIST3040: The Modern American City and HIST4010: Sex, Youth, and Moral Panics.
Clay's research interests include the history of American cities and suburbs; the history of sexuality; and political history. His article "Building a 'Family Friendly' Metropolis: Sexuality, the State, and Postwar Housing Policy" was published in the Journal of Urban History in September 2013. His manuscript, The Closet and the Cul de Sac: Sex, Politics, and Suburbanization in Postwar California is forthcoming from the University of Pennsylvania Press.