Mike Wallace (historian)

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Mike Wallace (born July 22, 1942 in New York City)[1] is an American Marxist historian, the Distinguished Professor of History at John Jay College of Criminal Justice of the City University of New York, where he has taught since 1971, and the founder of the Gotham Center for New York City History.


Wallace received a B.A., M.A. and Ph.D. from Columbia University. With Richard Hofstadter, in 1973, published American Violence: a Documentary History.

In 1999, along with co-author Edwin G. Burrows, he won the Pulitzer Prize for History for Gotham: A History of New York City to 1898 (1998).[2] In 2000 he was a consultant for the PBS series New York: A Documentary Film, in which he also appeared.

Wallace is the founder, co-publisher, and co-editor of the Radical History Review and the author of Mickey Mouse History (1996), a collection of essays on American history. It includes an account of the "Battle of Enola Gay", detailing the feud over how to accurately represent the history of the dropping of the atomic bomb. He is working on a sequel to Gotham that will cover the history of New York City from 1898 through the Second World War.[3]

Wallace is married to Carmen Boullosa, a leading Mexican poet, novelist, and playwright. He was previously married to Hope Cooke, the former Queen of Sikkim.

Gotham Center[edit]

The Gotham Center for New York City History is a non-profit organization founded in 2000 by historian Wallace to "examine and explore the city's rich history, and to make it more accessible to citizens and scholars, teachers and students, locals and out-of-towners."[4] It is part of the Graduate Center of the City University of New York (CUNY) and is located at 350 Fifth Avenue between 34th and 35th Streets in the Garment District of Manhattan, New York City. Wallace created the center in order to educate and entertain the public regarding the history of the city, using the talents of historians, scholars, preservationists, curators, librarians, teachers, filmmakers and amateur history buffs.[4] Through its programs and its website, the center offers to the public free access to the historical resources necessary to study and appreciate the city's past and its future.


  1. ^ www.jjay.cuny.edu
  2. ^ Burrows, Edwin G. & Wallace, Mike (1999), Gotham: A History of New York City to 1898, New York: Oxford University Press, ISBN 0-195-11634-8 
  3. ^ "Staff" on the Gotham Center website
  4. ^ a b "About" on the Gotham Center website

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