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Patrick R. Potyondy

Patrick is a host for History Talk produced by Origins and is a doctoral candidate and graduate associate at The Ohio State University History Department with research interests in urban history, the history and foundations of education, and modern US history with a focus on race and ethnicty. His dissertation examines the rise and fall of urban public housing between 1940 and the present. The project analyzes the intersections between evolving attitudes toward public housing, the civil rights movement, competing memories of that era, and the challenges facing public historians seeking to memorialize the time period. He has begun collecting oral histories and historical material from individuals who lived on the Near East Side of Columbus, Ohio.

He has taught several classes including modern western civilization, U.S. history since 1963, social movements in U.S. history, and the modern U.S. history survey. Next semester he will teach the early American history survey. He has also served as the managing editor of Origins.