PHD, Wisconsin, Madison, 1971
Professor Simon is an urban and social historian, focusing on the impact of industrialization and the urbanization process. He is particularly interested in organized labor and in Philadelphia and New York. He is the author of a monograph on ethnicity and neighborhood-formation in Milwaukee, The City-Building Process, and co-author of a study of the urban adjustment of Italians, Poles, and African-Americans in Pittsburgh, Lives of Their Own. His most recent book is Philadelphia: a Brief History.